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For more information about this program please contact:

Maya Bauer
Schweitzer Fellows Program Director mbauer@hmprg.org


Shajaya Martinez
Schweitzer Fellowship Program Coordinator smartinez@hmprg.org


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Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program

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Overview

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, over 700 Chicago Schweitzer Fellows have completed more than 130,000 hours of community service at more than 150 community-based sites.
  • In 2020-21, Fellows provided 5,560 hours of service to 3,704 community members from diverse backgrounds, including people living with homelessness, undocumented immigrants, and LGBTQ+ populations.
  • 2021 marked the 25th anniversary of the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program. We are thrilled to continue a powerful legacy of social justice in action.
  • Visit our resource library to see our newsletter archive and other resources.

News

  • Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program Announces Named Fellowship Sponsorships Available for 2022-2023 Class

    February 1, 2022

    Looking for a meaningful way to support the next generation of aspiring health professionals? Consider sponsoring a Named Fellowship at the Health & Medicine’s Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program. For 25 years, the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program has provided a platform for graduate students to design and implement innovative projects that improve the health […]

  • Health & Medicine Raises $2,700 on Giving Tuesday for Our Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program

    December 4, 2021

    Your generosity helped us raise more than $2,700 in one day. Thanks to all of those who participated in our Giving Tuesday campaign on November 30, 2021. Giving Tuesday is an international day of giving, and this year we jumped on board in an effort to raise funds to support our Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows […]

  • 2021-22 Chicago Schweitzer Fellows Fundraise for Health Equity Projects

    September 9, 2021

    Our 2021-22 Schweitzer Fellows have created short videos explaining their innovative public service projects that promote health equity in Chicago’s underserved communities and their wish lists of supplies and resources that will help them realize their service project goals. View the videos below and visit the Fellows’ fundraising pages here to learn more and support […]

  • Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program Announces 2021-22 Named Fellowship Recipients

    June 30, 2021

    Paige-Ashley Campbell, a medical student at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine; Ivy Hernandez Delgado, a Master’s in Social Service Administration student at the University of Chicago; and Karen Montes, a student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing, were awarded Named Schweitzer Fellowships—distinctions within a year-long service-learning program that helps […]

  • Health & Medicine Welcomes 2021-22 Schweitzer Fellows

    June 23, 2021

    Twenty-eight passionate health professions graduate students have been selected for the distinguished Schweitzer Fellowship, a year-long service-learning program that helps Fellows design and implement innovative projects that help address the health needs of underserved Chicago communities. Named in honor of famed humanitarian and Nobel laureate Dr. Albert Schweitzer, the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program encourages […]

  • Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program: Celebrating 25 Years of Social Justice in Action

    April 19, 2021

    In 2021, we are celebrating our 25th year of the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program at Health & Medicine Policy Research Group. In our 25 years, we’ve worked with over 670 graduate students in the Chicago area, students who have gone on to be the public health, equity, and justice-oriented nurses, physicians, social workers, optometrists, […]

  • Health & Medicine Celebrates 40 Years Advancing Health Equity and 25 Years of Social Justice in Action

    April 1, 2021

    2021 marks two significant milestones for Health & Medicine Policy Research Group. Health & Medicine was founded 40 years ago on July 23, 1981. That’s when 15 scrappy health advocates came together with the lofty goals of creating policy and systems that would improve the health of all Illinoisans by addressing past and present systemic […]

  • Health & Medicine Welcomes 2020-21 Schweitzer Fellows

    June 24, 2020

    Twenty-eight passionate health professions graduate students have been selected for the distinguished Schweitzer Fellowship – a year-long service learning program that helps Fellows design and implement innovative projects that help address the health needs of underserved Chicago communities. Named in honor of famed humanitarian and Nobel laureate Dr. Albert Schweitzer, the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows […]

  • Health & Medicine Welcomes 2019-20 Schweitzer Fellows

    June 25, 2019

    Thirty-one passionate health professions graduate students have been selected for the distinguished Schweitzer Fellowship – a year-long service learning program that helps Fellows design and implement innovative projects that help address the health needs of underserved Chicago communities. Named in honor of famed humanitarian and Nobel laureate Dr. Albert Schweitzer, the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows […]

  • Health & Medicine Welcomes 2018-19 Schweitzer Fellows

    June 7, 2018

    Thirty exceptional health professions graduate students have been selected for 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. Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach, the Fellowship exposes students to real-world inter-professional, collaborative care and aims to develop lifelong leaders in service. The 2018-19 Fellows include students from 10 area universities and 20 academic programs, ranging from nursing to disability studies and public health. The exceptional class of Fellows was selected from a pool of almost 100 applicants through a competitive process.

  • 2017 Schweitzer Leadership Award to Honor Ai-Jen Poo

    June 5, 2017

    Health & Medicine Policy Research Group and the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellowship Program and pleased to announce that Ai-jen Poo, Executive Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, has been selected for the 2017 Schweitzer Leadership Award. Each year, Schweitzer Leadership Award honors and 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.