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Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program

The Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program fosters the leadership abilities of aspiring health professionals, who design and implement service projects that promote health equity.

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Overview


Quote from Alex Friedman about the fellowship

Founded in 1996, Health & Medicine’s Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program cultivates aspiring health and human services professionals to be informed, concerned, and involved with addressing health inequities.  Each year, the Schweitzer Program provides 30 exceptional  students with opportunities to design and implement projects to improve the health and well-being of underserved Chicago communities. Fellows’ projects often address the social determinants of health, and their activities frequently include tutoring, violence prevention, health education, healthy lifestyles promotion, and outreach to vulnerable and marginalized groups. Our “Fellows for Life” alumni program supports our graduates’ further development as leaders in service, and provides them with continuing networking, skill-building and community service opportunities.
  • Since 1996,  580 Chicago Schweitzer Fellows have completed over 116,000 hours of community service, at more than 150 community-based sites.
  • Over 3,600 Chicago residents were served by our Fellows’ projects in 2016-17.  A majority (98%) of residents were low to moderate income.
  • In spring 2016, we marked the 20th anniversary of the Chicago Schweitzer Fellowship Program with a weekend of activities that drew over 200 alumni, current Fellows, community members, program partners, and supporters, including a conference focused on the theme of “Improving Community Health Together.” 

News

  • Health Justice Advocate Selected for Schweitzer Leadership Award

    Jan 27, 2014

    Attorney and Loyola University clinical law professor Emily Benfer has been chosen to receive the Schweitzer Leadership Award. The annual award honors an individual who has done significant work to mitigate the social determinants of health in their community, and whose commitment to service has influenced and inspired others.

  • Toni Preckwinkle to Give Keynote Address at Schweitzer Celebration of Service

    Apr 07, 2014

    Health & Medicine Policy Research Group and the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows program announced today that Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will be speaking at the 2014 Annual Celebration of Service to be held on Thursday, April 17 at Northwestern University.

  • Health & Medicine Announces the 2014-15 Schweitzer Fellowship Recipients

    May 08, 2014

    At the conclusion of a thorough and competitive selection process that began last fall, Health & Medicine is pleased to announce the thirty-one 2014-15 Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows.

  • Schweitzer Seed Grant Recipients Announced

    Jul 09, 2014

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

  • The Latest Chicago Schweitzer Fellows Newsletter is Now Online

    Sep 26, 2014

    Our latest Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellowship Newsletter rounds up our recent Schweitzer activities. We invite you check out the newsletter and stay engaged and involved with this innovative service learning program.

  • Join us for Schweitzer Info Sessions on January 7 and 8

    Dec 09, 2014

    The Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program supports graduate students committed to becoming "leaders in service" – individuals who are dedicated and skilled in addressing the health needs of underserved populations, and whose example influences and inspires others. Two upcoming Schweitzer informational sessions will be hosted on January 7 and 8, 2015, and are open to any interested students.

  • Call for Nominations for the 2015 Schweitzer Leadership Award

    Feb 20, 2015

    The Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellowship is seeking nominations for their 2015 Schweitzer Leadership Award which recognizes an individual who has done significant work to mitigate the social determinants of health in our community, and whose commitment to service has influenced and inspired others. The nomination deadline is Friday, March 5, 2015 and the winner will be honored at an awards event this June.

  • Chicago Schweitzer Spring 2015 Newsletter Now Online

    Apr 21, 2015

    Our latest Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellowship Newsletter rounds up our recent Schweitzer activities including information on our newest Fellows for Life seed grant recipients, pictures from our Fellows for Life Retreat which focused on self-care for caregivers, a recap of a recent symposium on the healthcare needs of the aging population, updates and photos from Fellows’ service projects and much, much more.

  • 20th Class of Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Announced

    May 14, 2015

    Health & Medicine and the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program are pleased to announce the members of the 2015-16 Fellowship class. Thirty exceptional health professions graduate students (selected from among nearly 100 applicants) will participate in the the prestigious Schweitzer Fellowship – a year-long service learning program that empowers Fellows to design and implement projects that help address the health needs of underserved Chicago communities.

  • Call for Proposals for the Schweitzer 20th Anniversary Conference: Improving Community Health Together

    Dec 16, 2015

    Health & Medicine Policy Research Group is preparing to celebrate the 20th anniversary of our Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program and the 10th anniversary of our Fellows for Life alumni program. In recognition of these milestones, we are hosting a 20th anniversary conference on Saturday, April 30th, 2016 in Chicago--stay tuned for full details--to engage the community in sharing resources and knowledge relating to community-based work addressing health needs of undeserved communities. The Fellowship seeks submissions for conference presentations from current Fellows, Fellows for Life, community-based organizations, researchers, and other stakeholders to present their work as it relates to serving the community and a dedication to a life of service.

  • Chicago Schweitzer Winter 2015-16 Newsletter Now Online

    Feb 24, 2016

    Our latest Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellowship Newsletter rounds up our recent Schweitzer activities including information about our upcoming 20th Anniversary activities and a recap of our 2015 Schweitzer Leadership Award event.

  • Save the Date: Schweitzer 20th Anniversary Conference - Improving Community Health Together, April 29-May 1

    Jan 13, 2016

    Health & Medicine Policy Research Group is preparing to celebrate the 20th anniversary of our Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program and the 10th anniversary of our Fellows for Life alumni program. In recognition of these milestones, we are hosting a weekend of 20th anniversary activities from April 29 to May 1 in Chicago. All are welcome to join us for this landmark event which will feature opportunities to network, be inspired, and share best practice.

  • Seeking Nominations for the 2016 Schweitzer Leadership Award

    Feb 03, 2016

    The Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellowship is seeking nominations for their 2016 Schweitzer Leadership Award which recognizes an individual who has done significant work to mitigate the social determinants of health in our community, and whose commitment to service has influenced and inspired others. The nomination deadline is Monday, February 8, 2016 and the winner will be honored at an awards event on April 29th as part of the Schweitzer 20th Anniversary Conference: Improving Community Health Together.

  • Meade Palidofsky of Storycatchers Theatre to receive 2016 Schweitzer Leadership Award

    Mar 17, 2016

    Health & Medicine Policy Research Group and the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellowship Program are pleased to announce the recipient of the 2016 Schweitzer Leadership Award honoring an individual who has done significant work to mitigate the social determinants of health in their community, and whose commitment to service has influenced and inspired others. This year, we are excited to honor Meade Palidofsky, founder and artistic director of Storycatchers Theatre.

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