Regina Meza Jimenez
40 under 40 class of 2021
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Grants Research Specialist
Chicago Department of Public Health
"My goal is to continue to embrace and include a health equity lens into everything I do in my organization and to ensure that everyone -- absolutely everyone -- has access to the support and care they need to thrive in their communities."
Three words to describe me:
learner, proactive, impactful
The best part of my job:
being able to help protect and improve the health of people in Chicago
Something that would surprise others about me:
I am naturally immune to measles since I caught the virus a few days before my vaccination appointment.
Regina Meza Jimenez always has her eyes set on the bigger picture, looking to maximize her impact beyond her work as a grants research specialist with the Chicago Department of Public Health. For the past three years, she has supported Everthrive Illinois, a nonprofit organization that works to eliminate racial and economic inequalities in health for women, children, and families. As a member of the associate board, Regina utilizes her experience to help the organization with advocacy and fundraising activities.
In her role at the Chicago Department of Public Health, Regina has assisted with the department’s COVID-19 response by creating a request process that ensures that requests for personal protective equipment and ventilators are processed in a timely and efficient manner, guaranteeing that communities have the tools to safely fight against COVID-19.
Regina received an MPH with a concentration in maternal and child health and a BA in psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago.