Senator Gillespie holds a piece of paper while standing and speaking into a microphone while on the Senate floor.

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — State Senator Ann Gillespie has been chosen to join the 2023-24 cohort of the Milbank Fellows Program, a 10-month leadership program focused on public policy to improve health outcomes. This year’s class includes 24 legislative and executive branch leaders from around the country whose work demonstrates a commitment to bringing health equity to their communities.

“I am honored to join leaders from across the country who are also committed to improving health care outcomes within our communities,” said Gillespie (D-Arlington Heights). “As a state senator with a background in health care, I have made it a priority to advance legislation addressing health care issues, including access and affordability. I look forward to using the knowledge and skills I gain from this program to make a difference in the lives of the people I represent.”

The Milbank Fellows Program works to improve population health and health equity by collaborating with leaders and decision makers. Under the fellowship program, leaders will gain new knowledge and evidence-based approaches to improving population health. It also offers opportunities to develop leadership capacities and network with colleagues throughout the U.S.

“The leadership classes represent the best of health policy leadership from across the country,” said Morgan McDonald, Milbank Memorial Fund national director of population health and health equity leadership. “They bring an exceptional blend of perspective and expertise, and their experience in the programs will augment their impact and that of their colleagues for years to come.”

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