Dr. Huggett earned his Bachelor of Science with Distinction in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin; Doctor of Medicine from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine; and Masters of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. Working on the West Side of Chicago since 1995, Dr. Huggett is a family physician with a passion to provide quality healthcare to residents of underserved communities. Collaborating with other community partners, he works to implement community-based and clinical interventions to improve the community’s health. Along with seeing patients in the office and the hospital, he has led a team of providers as Mobile Health Team Coordinator to provide primary medical and mental healthcare as well as social service and behavioral health support to patients in 20 homeless shelters on Chicago’s West Side.
Presently serving as Family Physician and Mobile Health Team Coordinator at Lawndale Christian Health Center after working for Circle Family HealthCare Network for 19 years, he works with a team of healthcare providers to ensure the provision of a full spectrum of quality healthcare. Dr. Huggett is an advocate for AIDS prevention and health education, and provides clinical care to large panel of HIV patients. He has been instrumental in implementing educational and prevention projects in areas such as adolescent violence prevention, smoking cessation and on-site HIV testing in homeless shelters. Dr. Huggett has been an Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor at the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and teaches medical students and residents. He is well known in Chicago’s West Side communities and has been a resident himself in the Austin community since 2003. In recognition of his work, Dr. Huggett has received the 2003 Award for Outstanding Service from the National Health Care for the Homeless Clinicians’ Network, the 2009 Medicine Award from the Health and Medicine Policy Research Group, Chicago, and Illinois Primary Health Care Association’s 2013 Award of Excellence – Primary Health Care Clinician Devotion Award. He has also worked as Volunteer Health Advisor for Illinois State Representative La Shawn K. Ford since 2006, working on health policy issues such as expanding HIV screening, increasing the use of food stamps in farmers’ markets, and preventing childhood obesity. He was appointed to the Illinois Department of Heathcare and Human Services Medicaid Access Advisory Committee in 2012. He has traveled extensively and served in many roles in the healthcare field. Some of his work includes: serving as District Health Officer through the Peace Corps for three years in the East African country of Malawi; Consultant for Malawi CHAPS Project sponsored by Africare, Washington D.C; serving as Volunteer Physician in Likuni, Malawi; and serving as Supervising Physician with volunteer Northwestern medical students in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. He has also worked as an Emergency and Family Physician in Wisconsin and Missouri. The theme of his work has been providing healthcare himself and working on community-based public health initiatives to improve the health of residents of underserved communities.