Evelyn & Alex have spent their careers caring for vulnerable populations. They have worked in abundant low resource settings and realize the importance of addressing social determinants of health.
The Figueroa wu family foundation Mission
To bring services into areas of unmet need in a manner that is dignified and empowering. To correct social and health injustices.
ABOUT the executive co-directors
EVElYN FIgueroa & Alex wu
Evelyn and Alex met in 2013 while teaching at a family medicine maternity course. They met again early in 2014 at another conference and have been inseparable ever since. Evelyn & Alex are passionate about caring for vulnerable populations and have spent a combined 40+ years in public medicine. They recognize how important addressing basic human needs are for achieving health equity.
EVelyn figueroa, MD
Evelyn Figueroa is a champion for health equity and works to transform her environment from one that is biomedical to a more biopsychosocial one. Her favorite instructional areas are bias in healthcare, social determinants of health, reproductive health, and LGBTQ* health.
In addition to acting as an executive co-director for the Figueroa Wu Family Foundation, Dr. Figueroa serves on a community board for HIV outreach, is the volunteer medical director for the Pacific Garden Mission homeless shelter medical clinic, and is the 2016-2019 Member-at-Large for for the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (her professional teaching organization). She conducts research with faculty, residents, and students, delivers 25-30 babies annually at the University of Illinois Hospital, and maintains a full outpatient practice at the Maxwell Street family medicine clinic.
For her advocacy and educational efforts, Dr. Figueroa has been the recipient of multiple awards, including the 2012 Illinois Academy of Family Medicine Teacher of the Year, a 2014 UIC-COM Rising Star faculty award, the 2015 UIC-COM Team Member Servant Leadership & Social Justice Awards, and the 2017 Health and Medicine Policy Research Group’s Medicine Award.
Presently, Dr. Figueroa is the Assistant Dean of Outpatient Clinical Affairs, Family Medicine Residency Director, and an Associate Professor of Clinical Family Medicine at UIC. She underwent family medicine specialty training at Lutheran General Hospital and has practiced full-spectrum inpatient and outpatient family medicine since 1999, including vulnerable population care such as reproductive health, maternity care, and culturally-responsive, affirming healthcare. Prior to joining the teaching faculty at UIC, Dr. Figueroa worked in Oakland, CA at the Department of Maternal Child Health at Alameda County Medical Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center.
alex wu, md
Alex Wu is a champion for maternal & child health and works to correct health disparities that negatively affect women and children of color. A family medicine educator since 1995, his favorite instructional areas are maternity care, operative obstetrics, and children's health. He has been awarded multiple teaching awards by his resident trainees over the years.
In addition to acting as an executive co-director for the Figueroa Wu Family Foundation, Dr. Wu is the Co-Director of the PCC/West Suburban Maternal Child Health Fellowship, a training program for family physicians in operative obstetrics, maternity care, and neonatology. He underwent family medicine specialty training at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and has practiced full-spectrum inpatient and outpatient family medicine since 1992, including maternity care and uninsured populations. He sees patients at both West Suburban Hospital and PCC Salud, a Federally Qualified Health Center, in Chicago.