Dr. Nwanneka Richardson
Dr. Kizito Ojiako
Dr. Uche Olekanma
Dr. Oby Oniah
Dr. Deji Gbotosho
The Chicago/Northwest Indiana Chapter of ANPA is one of the oldest chapters of ANPA, created to serve the large population of physicians of Nigerian descent in the Chicago area. The founding of the Chapter was due to the vision of leaders like the late Dr. Daniel Nwankwo, the late Dr. Nurudeen Olowopopo, Dr. Udochukwu Asonye, and Dr. Vincent Oganwu. The chapter has gone through some transformations and a name change since its founding. The chapter which was named as the Midwest Chapter at its founding is now called the Chicago/Northwest Indiana Chapter drawing membership from Nigerian physicians, dentists, podiatrists, and allied health professionals in Chicago and its suburbs, and northwest Indiana. The chapter currently has a membership of approximately sixty three members and holds quarterly meetings which are hosted by volunteer members.
The late Dr. Nurudeen Olowopopo, the inaugural chair, led the chapter for over a decade.
Over the many years of its existence, the Chicago/Northwest Indiana Chapter of ANPA has actively participated in activities around the Chicago area aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of people who live in the Chicago and Northwest Indiana areas particularly Nigerians and other Africans. The chapter has participated in health and wellness outreach initiatives including workshops and symposia for health care professionals and the general public, health fairs during the African Festival of the Arts, and Nigeria Independence celebrations. The chapter has also volunteered health care professionals to participate in health fairs, health education, and screening programs organized by Nigerian faith-based and civic organizations.
The chapter continues to reach out to the local community to contribute to the delivery of health and human services and giving back to the less privileged. It is in this vein that the chapter developed a collaborative agreement with the Haymarket Center in Chicago to sponsor lunches for homeless individuals during the Thanksgiving period. Since this collaboration was developed, the Chicago/Northwest Indiana Chapter of ANPA has been providing warm lunches to homeless individuals and other less fortunate residents on Thanksgiving Day. In 2010, it held a Christmas Lunch which was well attended. During the lunches, children of ANPA members had the opportunity to learn about human services by serving homeless and other less fortunate individuals who come to the lunch venues. The experience has been very positive for the children and has given members of the local community the opportunity to learn about ANPA and recognize its contribution to society. The chapter plans to continue to sponsor both the Thanksgiving and Christmas Lunches.
Because of the success and how well these efforts have been received, Chicago/Northwest Indiana Chapter of ANPA will be visiting Mother’s House incorporated, a shelter for homeless women, women recovering from abuse, drug addiction, or those recently released from prison and their children as part of its Christmas Giving Campaign to donate food, clothing, and presents to the residents in December 2011.
All work and no play, they say, makes Jack a dull boy. The Chicago/Northwest Indiana Chapter of ANPA is not about work alone. The chapter holds annual summer picnic and Christmas party. These two events provide opportunities for networking among family members and friends in an atmosphere of fun and enjoyment.