UIC Students Awarded Schweitzer Fellowship
University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health students Karen Aquirre, Madison Hammett, Alyson Moser, and Gabija Revis have been selected for the nationally-recognized Schweitzer Fellowship—a year-long service learning program that empowers students to design and implement innovative community-based projects to address the health needs of underserved Chicagoans.
Named in honor of famed humanitarian and Nobel laureate Dr. Albert Schweitzer, the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program encourages students to “make their lives their argument” by helping to address unmet health needs among vulnerable Chicagoland residents. In collaboration with existing community organizations (including area clinics, schools, social service agencies, and others), each Schweitzer Fellow will provide 200 hours of direct service in the community. The new Fellows will work to improve the health and well-being of a wide variety of populations including undocumented immigrants, older adults, people in recovery, incarcerated women, youth, and the homeless.
The UIC SPH Fellows are planning the following community projects:
- Karen Aguirre will develop a pipeline program to promote healthcare careers among low income, Latino high school students from the Back of the Yards neighborhood providing education on health disparities, professional development, and healthy behaviors.
- Madison Hammett will partner with Cabrini Green Legal Aid to create a support group for incarcerated mothers and their children's caregivers to strengthen the communication and relationships between mothers and families.
- Alyson Moser plans to create and implement an adult literacy and job readiness program for the adult residents of Oakley Square Apartments, helping participants with writing resumes and cover letters and developing career goals.
- Gabija Revis will create an oral health component for the extensive training program used to teach caregivers of medically-complex children and healthcare professionals at Almost Home Kids, a transition facility for children moving out of intensive hospital care.
Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach, the Fellowship exposes students to real-world inter-professional, collaborative care and aims to develop lifelong leaders in service. The 31 2016-17 Fellows include students from 12 area universities and 20 academic programs who were selected from a pool of over 100 applicants.