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Fellows for Life

For more information about this program please contact:

Karol Dean
Program Director, Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellowship kdean@hmprg.org

Mia Hayford
Career Pathways Analyst mhayford@hmprg.org

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Fellows for Life

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With its collaborative and interprofessional nature, the Schweitzer Fellowship was an instrumental opportunity to build a network of driven, like-minded individuals. All in all, I hope to utilize the connections made through the Schweitzer Fellowship for the rest of my career. – Christianah Ogunleye, 2018-2019 Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellow

Fellows for Life and Program Director, Maya Bauer, at 2021 25th Anniversary Fellows for Life After Party

Since 2006, the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program has provided programming for our Fellows for Life, alumni of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship living in the Chicago area. The Chicago Fellows for Life program aims to further engage alumni in the ideals of Albert Schweitzer and provide opportunities for networking between the alumni, opportunities for community engagement, leadership and professional development, and a sense of camaraderie amongst a group of like-minded individuals.

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

Current Seed Grant Projects:

  • François Blumenfeld-Kouchner (2010-2011 Fellow for Life) seeks to improve access to Palliative Care services for underserved patients primarily with cancer and other serious illnesses through education of primary care providers and medical residents, as well as outreach and information of the local community directly and through community health workers.
  • Veronica Gonzalez (2021-2022 Fellow for Life) will work with case managers and social workers from local agencies and hospitals to create a training program for resident physicians to introduce them to the resources for their patients experiencing homelessness and provide concrete tools for receiving warm hand offs from community centers and coordinating safe discharge from the hospital.
  • Saria Lofton (2009-2010 Fellow for Life) will work with Good Food is Good Medicine to adapt and pilot a 6-session cooking class for Black women with hypertension and obesity that reside in communities with low food access.
  • Natali Smiley (2021-2022 Fellow for Life) will collaborate with World Relief, working with immigrants and refugees in concrete ways to build health literacy and confidence for these new arrivals.

Read more about our 2022-2023 recipients here.

Applications for 2023-2024 Seed Grants will open Spring 2023!