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Bob and Caryle Perlman Fellow

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The Bob and Caryle Perlman Fellowship was established to provide mentorship and support for those looking to make a difference in underserved Chicago communities. Wishing they’d had access to a program like the Schweitzer Fellowship early on in their own careers, Bob and Caryle feel it’s important to give back now to the next generation of service-minded health and human service professionals. According to the Perlmans, Schweitzer Fellows bring hope and a sense of agency to people who would otherwise feel helpless. In recent years, they have been cheered by the Fellows’ enthusiasm, energy, and commitment to service, and believe that these Fellows and their peers are our hope for the future.

Bob and Caryle met as undergraduates at the University of Chicago, where Bob also earned his M.D. and his Ph.D. in biochemistry before moving to New York. Bob accepted a residency in pediatrics at Bellevue Hospital because it was a busy city hospital that provided medical care to underserved populations in New York City. Caryle earned her master’s degree in social work from the Columbia University School of Social Work before choosing field work placements serving disadvantaged and marginalized populations. Two years later, during the Vietnam War, Bob fulfilled his military obligations as a commissioned officer in the Public Health Service, conducting research at the National Institutes of Health. At the same time, Caryle worked for the National Institute of Mental Health in a research and demonstration project to develop community mental health centers.

After these experiences, their professional careers went along more traditional lines. Bob continued in the academic world, teaching and conducting biomedical research, and has been especially interested in the new field of evolutionary medicine, which helps us understand the ways in which our evolutionary heritage has left us vulnerable to disease. Caryle is a supervising and training analyst at the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute and has been working to bring psychoanalytic education and practice to China.

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2021-22 Bob and Caryle Perlman Fellow

Ivy Hernandez Delgado, University of Chicago, Master’s in Social Service Administration
Ivy Hernandez proposes a series of Know Your Right 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.

About the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program Founded in 1996, Health & Medicine’s Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program cultivates aspiring health and human services professionals to be leaders in service.  Each year, our 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. For more information: Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program