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Edgewater Resident Selected To Be Among 13 On Biden’s COVID-19 Task Force

As President-elect Joe Biden takes on his monumental role to lead the country, he has made COVID-19 the top priority. He began by selecting 13 individuals to run the task force created to combat the pandemic which is almost claimed a quarter million US lives.

This past Monday it was learned that one of Chicago’s top doctors for nearly two decades and Edgewater resident, Dr. Julie Morita, will be one of the experts among the group. Dr. Morita worked her way up at the Chicago Department of Public Health where she was ultimately appointed in 2015 to its top position, Commissioner.

This past summer, Dr. Morita left her role as Commissioner and began working for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. According to the group’s website, the foundation is focused on building a comprehensive Culture of Health that provides everyone in America a fair and just opportunity to live the healthiest life possible

With the health of all Americans taking precedence in her life, Dr. Morita also worked to make both health equity a part of her plan. Being Asian-American, she is among a diverse representation on the COVID-19 Task Force.

Through her career she has done significant work on reducing disparities in immunization coverage, especially to those in under-served communities. That work has provided critical vaccines to those who may have often been ignored.

Dr. Morita grew up in Chicago and received her medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical School. A longtime resident of Edgewater, she lives with her husband Dr. William Trick and their two children Megan and Jake.

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