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Schweitzer Seed Grant Recipients Announced

Health & Medicine and our Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program are pleased to award seed grants to four Schweitzer Fellows for Life. The seed grant program, sponsored by the AMA Foundation, supports Schweitzer graduates as they start or build upon innovative health improvement projects in underserved communities.

Three project proposals, involving four Fellows for Life, were awarded a total of $10,000 in funding this grant cycle:

• Chastity Owens, MSW (2007-08 Fellow for Life) and Ben Preyss, MD (2008-09 Fellow for Life) have been awarded a two-year $6,000 grant to continue growing a violence prevention/peer mediation program for predominantly African American high school teens in the Auburn Gresham community.
• Jenna Heffron, MOT, OTR/L (2013-14 Fellow for Life, partnering with Kristi Kirschner, MD) has been awarded a one-year $2,000 grant to create a disability awareness curriculum for elementary and health professional students.
• Rajesh Parikh, MD, MPH (1996-97 Fellow for Life) has been awarded a one-year $2,000 grant. The grant funded project will create a nutritional booklet & log that is culturally-tailored for South Asians to help patients effectively self-manage their chronic diseases.

We’re pleased to welcome this new cohort and are grateful to the AMA Foundation for making this program possible!  The next seed grant cycle will be in January 2015.