The Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness CEO Lisa Peyton-Caire is the recipient of the 2021 Jeffrey Clay Erlanger Civility in Public Discourse Award which recognizes City of Madison residents who share Erlanger’s dedication to, and passion for, public policy, civility, individual and human rights. Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway made the announcement on Tuesday.
The award honors Jeffrey Clay Erlanger, who died on June 10, 2007, and spent a significant part of his life committed to public service, focusing on constructive advocacy and civil debate, fairness, openness, and effective representation, according to a press release from the City.
“Lisa Peyton-Caire is a wonderful choice for this award in Jeff’s honor,” said Pam Erlanger, Jeff’s mother, in a statement. “Her advocacy for Black women’s wellness, her efforts to improve the health of black babies, and her leadership both city and statewide are an inspiration. Like Jeff, she strives to bring many people to the table, as she values their experiences and opinions. That effort has been successful in providing women of color a voice when they often have none. I am sure that Jeff would be pleased with her recognition.”
Peyton-Caire founded The Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness whose mission is to “energize, mobilize and support Black Women to transform their health and their lives through education, advocacy, support, and powerful partnerships.” She is also the founder of Black Women’s Wellness Day, one of the largest health and wellness summits by Black women, for Black women, featuring an energetic and powerful mix of information, inspiration and empowerment.
“Jeff Erlanger was dedicated to making Madison a better place for everyone. Each year in his memory we have a chance to honor someone who shares that same dedication,” said Mayor Rhodes-Conway in a statement. “This year, I am so pleased to present the Civility in Public Discourse Award to Lisa Peyton-Caire. Lisa is an inspirational leader who is making our city a better place every day. She has worked tirelessly for Black women’s wellness with joy and purpose, and championed efforts to provide healthy outcomes for African American babies. Her leadership has been recognized nationwide. Madison, and our residents, are so fortunate to have her advocacy in this community.”
Peyton-Caire and the person who nominated her will each be able to designate a non-profit charity to receive $250 as part of the award. The 2021 award will be presented to Peyton-Caire at the Dec. 7 Madison Common Council meeting, which is the closest meeting to Jeffrey Erlanger’s birthday of Nov. 30.