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Fellows for Life Seed Grants

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For the past several years, the Chicago Schweitzer Fellows Program has been able to offer seed grants to Fellows for Life interested in beginning, sustaining and/or building on innovative community projects that help underserved Chicago communities. 

Schweitzer Fellows for Life are invited to submit proposals for seed grants of up to $3,000 to create, sustain, or build upon a year-long project to help improve the health and well-being of an underserved Chicago community. The project should be direct service oriented and involve an existing community-based organization. The Fellow for Life who is submitting the proposal must be directly and principally involved with the design, implementation, and reporting for the project. Applications accepted through May 10, 2018, please note extension. Click here to download the application form.

2017 Seed Grant Awards:
    • Phil Hsu (2015-16 Fellow for Life, Medicine) is working to expand capacities of Bridgeport Free Clinic (created by Hsu for his Schweitzer project) to incorporate Hepatitis B education, screening, and vaccinations for Chinese immigrants.
    • Claudio Rivera (2015-16 Fellow for Life, Psychology) seeks to utilize an existing community arts initiative with youth and parents in the Back of the Yards neighborhood to promote health, safety, and community cohesion.
    • Emily Hendel (2004-05 Fellow for Life, Nursing) is conducting a pilot in partnership with CommunityHealth to address controlling hypertension, which affects one in three adults in the United States.
    • Ayesha Khan (2011-12 Fellow for Life, Pharmacy) will build upon services at an existing clinic at New Life Volunteering Society by providing expanded point of care health testing and screenings to uninsured patients through a sustainable interdisciplinary approach.
    • Nicole Paprocki (2016-17 Fellow for Life, Osteopathic Medicine) is working to continue the Scholars de Salud program (created in 2016 as Paprocki's Schweitzer Fellowship Project) in partnership with Instituto Health Science Career Academy to increase engagement and access to health careers among talented urban youth from historically underrepresented groups in medicine.
    For further information, please contact:
    Maya Bauer, Program Coordinator,, 312 372-4292 ext. 31