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Maya Bauer
Schweitzer Fellows Program Director

Shajaya Martinez
Schweitzer Fellowship Program Coordinator

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Current Fellows

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The 2021-22 Schweitzer Fellows include 28 outstanding students representing 10 schools, 8 disciplines, and 17 academic programs. The Program’s interdisciplinary approach exposes students to real-world, inter-professional, collaborative care, addressing the triple aim of the Affordable Care Act. Each of the 2021-22 Fellows will design and implement year-long projects to address a variety of urgent health needs (including social determinants of health) facing Chicago’s underserved communities.


Brandon Ansbro, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine

Brandon proposes to develop a mentorship program for disadvantaged students from underrepresented backgrounds on Chicago’s South and West Sides who are interested in careers in healthcare.  This pipeline program will provide STEM enrichment, lessons on health equity and biomedical sciences, and longitudinal mentorship and will serve as a structure for academic and social support and professional development.


Shams Azzawi, Roosevelt University Doctor of Pharmacy

Shams aims to initiate a series of interactive workshops in conjunction with the Middle Eastern Immigrant and Refugee Alliance (MIRA) that focus on addressing COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy, mental well-being, and preventative health education. Additionally, Shams will coordinate and provide health screenings for the refugee community in collaboration with the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP).



Teliane Bakala, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Dentistry

Teliane proposes to initiate oral hygiene workshops for Refugees and Asylees children under the age of 18. The workshops will educate on proper brushing/flossing instructions and demonstrations in hopes to decrease the caries risk rate of the children.



Jaclyn (Camardo) Darling, University of Illinois at Chicago, Nursing

Jaclyn (Camardo) Darling is implementing a COVID-19 vaccine outreach program in the Englewood community with IGrow Chicago. Part of a larger COVID-19 response, this program aims to create culturally competent education, in efforts to increase vaccine awareness and acceptance.


Paige-Ashley Campbell, University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine

Paige-Ashley proposes to initiate a health education workshop series for vulnerable immigrant and refugee families at World Relief Chicago. These workshops will provide education on topics that have been identified by the families at World Relief as vitally important, such as COVID-19 & the COVID-19 vaccine, budget conscious nutrition education, and mental health & wellness.  


Ariel Crenshaw, University of Illinois at Chicago

Ariel proposes to initiate a mental health educational program for African American youth at Chicago Youth Programs. These classes will provide resources to support and improve mental healthcare awareness and access for minority youth.


Danielle Drinkuth, University of Illinois at Chicago, Urban Planning + Public Health

Danielle proposes to educate and counsel African American and Hispanic/Latino renters at risk of eviction due to COVID-19 hardships. The project aims to educate and counsel minority renters on tenants’ rights and available resources, mitigating the harmful health impacts of the pending wave of eviction filings once the Illinois COVID-19 eviction moratorium ends.



Taylor Ellebb, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Medicine

Taylor proposes to mentor African American students in the Young Doctors Club of North Lawndale who have expressed interest in a future healthcare career. As a mentor, Taylor will connect these students to local and nationwide health profession pipeline programs designed for minority students.


D’Monte Farley, Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine

D’Monte proposes to develop leadership and interpersonal skills in school aged youth by facilitating a peer tutoring group. This group serves to connect students with each other and help them build a solid network within their community, while subsequently giving them a safe space to learn and express themselves.


Symphony Fletcher, University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine

Symphony proposes to a deliver an intergraded health and wellness program to Black and Latinx teens working with the MedCEEP program. This program will provide career exposure, emergency skills training, and basic traumatic experience coping skills to adolescents.


Rachel Francis, National University of Health Sciences

Rachel proposes to create a boxing skills program for adolescent girls. In addition to fostering an expressive outlet through physical activity, this program will take time to educate participants on rotating physical, mental, and emotional health topics and reinforce a positive self-image.


Verónica González, Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine 

Verónica proposes to facilitate health and wellness sessions for individuals experiencing homelessness who are clients of Housing Forward. These sessions will help clients build community and develop long term resiliency tools.


Ibraheem Hamzat, University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine

Ibraheem Hamzat proposes to conduct a health needs assessment of the West African population of Uptown, Chicago, that will inform the creation of a health education course. The course will be delivered to West African residents in Uptown and provide health education in an effort to elevate the community’s health status.


Ivy Hernandez Delgado, University of Chicago, Master’s in Social Service Administration

Ivy Hernandez proposes a series of Know Your Rights immigration workshops in English and Spanish. These workshops will provide information on immigration topics such as DACA, public charge etc. The purpose is to empower the immigrant community and demystify immigration policies.   


Emilie Lacy, University of Illinois at Chicago, Disability Studies

Emilie proposes to facilitate sexual education classes and discussions via a book club for women with spinal cord injuries. The combination of classes and discussions will serve as a social support network for women with similar experiences and provide a place to explore one’s sexuality.



Priyanka Mathur, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine

Priyanka proposes a health care initiative to provide access to preventative and primary care for people facing domestic violence in underserved communities in the greater Chicago area. The health initiative will provide health screenings as well as corresponding community health education focused on disease management cognizant of the social determinants of health.


Oak Moreno, Adler University, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Oak proposes to initiate a theatre-based program to help participants work through emotional experiences. The program will provide a safe space for participants to process their experiences and move towards mental well-being while receiving the necessary support throughout the process.


Hana O’Hagan, Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine

Hana proposes to develop programming for older adults and their caregivers through the Quinn Center of St. Eulalia. The programming will connect seniors and caregivers to resources and a supportive community, in order to combat isolation, promote health, and empower individuals through relationship.



Thwisha Sabloak, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine

Thwisha proposes to initiate paralleled youth and adult healthy lifestyle classes at Cermak Clinic and the Juvenile Detention Center. The topics will center and sexual health and reproduction but will also include intuitive eating and mindful exercising.


Natali Smiley, Rush University, College of Medicine

Natali proposes to collaborate with World Relief, working with immigrants and refugees in concrete ways to build health literacy and confidence for these new arrivals.


Isaiah Teixeira, Rush University, College of Nursing

Isaiah proposes to initiate weekly sessions for African Americans in underserved communities in churches partnered within The Alive Church Network. The Weekly sessions will provide education on vaccinations and aim to decrease vaccine hesitancy.  


Cori Tergesen, DePaul University, Clinical Psychology

Cori proposes to develop and implement a protocol for conducting forensic psychological evaluations with survivors of torture at Marjorie Kovler Center. The protocol will be utilized to conduct evaluations for asylum claims and train volunteers.


Meg Tomlins, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing

Meg proposes to develop and provide health education classes for high school students at two schools in District 150, in Peoria. The sessions will offer relevant health information to help young women feel empowered to manage their health effectively.


Ange Uwimana, University of Illinois, College of Medicine

Ange proposes to expand the DASH of Soul Food Project by incorporating the Mediterranean based green vegetable recipes for homeless women served by Deborah’s Place. The recipes will provide simple and healthier nutritional needs for women to improve health outcomes


Jennifer Vu, Rosalind Franklin University, Chicago Medical School

Jennifer proposes to initiate telemedicine group visits that focuses on educating underserved patients about their chronic disease to address the health literacy needs of the North Chicago and Waukegan communities. Telemedicine group visits will provide patients with a positive space for learning and discussion, while providing structure, social support, and building meaningful relationships between patients and the medical community through the COVID-19 pandemic.


Veronica Zheng, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine

Veronica proposes to begin a music workshop and women’s choir at Sarah’s Circle, a women’s shelter. The sessions will encourage creative expression and community building and provide a source of stability during uncertain times.