Karen Aguirre, University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health
Aguirre will develop a pipeline program to promote healthcare careers among low income, Latinx high school students from the Back of the Yards neighborhood. She will provide education on current health disparities in communities of color within Chicago, professional development, and healthy behaviors, with the aim of empowering minority students to pursue higher education. Community Site: Back of the Yards High School
Emily Cull, University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration
Cull will partner with Enlace Chicago in Little Village to teach social emotional skills to children ages 5-8. She will develop a curriculum that will serve as a component of GREAT Families, an existing multi-family support group aimed at preventing violence and fostering family cohesion and communication. Community Site: Enlace Chicago
Woodger Graff Faugas, Northwestern University, Pritzker School of Law
Faugus will lead a psychosocial support group for marginalized youth attending Chicago-area higher education institutions. He will teach adaptive/coping tools aimed at fostering the students’ mental health, healthy behaviors, and resilience with the stressors they may face. Community Site: Chicago AHEC
Andrew Florin, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Medicine
Florin proposes to address early childhood literacy with an after school program for first, second, and third grade children of low-income Hispanic families in Humboldt Park. The program will serve to strengthen reading skills, foster a lifelong passion for reading, and provide a positive impact through guidance and mentorship. Community Site: Erie Neighborhood House
Emily Foltz, The University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine
Foltz will work with staff and youth at a community bike shop / youth education program on the South Side of Chicago to develop their academic support, leadership and wellness programs. The program will empower youth to become mentors and leaders within the shop and neighborhood community. Community Site: Experimental Station
Nelly Gonzalez, Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine
Gonzalez will design, develop and evaluate a Health Coaching program at a clinic on the northwest side of Chicago. She will provide personalized, bilingual health education, resource referral and motivational interviewing techniques to influence long-term healthy behavioral change among the patients. Community Site: Access to Care Clinic
Amanda Gvozden, The University of Chicago, Divinity School
Gvozden proposes to initiate group and individual lessons on mindfulness meditation for pediatric patients at UIC hospital and their care givers. These techniques, which have been shown to improve health outcomes, will be aimed at decreasing stress levels and improving emotional wellbeing, thus helping patients receive the best care while helping care givers provide the best care. Community Site: University of Illinois at Chicago Hospital
Madison Hammett, University of Illinois, Chicago Jane Addams College of Social Work/School of Public Health
Hammett proposes to create a support group for both incarcerated mothers and their children’s caregivers. This support group, coupled with referrals to social services, will serve to strengthen the communication and relationships between mothers and families, as well as help to prevent recidivism in the criminal legal system. Community Site: Cabrini Green Legal Aid
Sirene Helwani, Rush University, College of Nursing
Helwani will teach interactive health-related education workshops for youth on Chicago’s near west side. Helwani will tailor her program to the health needs of the youth and aim to empower them to make healthy choices and motivate them to pursue higher education. Community Site: Oakley Square Apartments
Victoria Herrera, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Master of Arts in Art Therapy Program
Herrera proposes to implement an intergenerational art program for Hispanic young children, adolescents, and older adults. The classes will provide all age groups an opportunity to engage in art making while forming positive relationships across the generations. Community Site: Erie Neighborhood House
Catherine Isroff, Rush Medical College
Isroff will partner with a community-based nonprofit in Chicago’s West Loop that provides detoxification and support services for people in recovery. She aims to increase the breadth of the organization’s women’s health programming by initiating women’s health and wellness workshops. The interactive workshops will address the women’s mental, physical and sexual health. Community Site: Haymarket Center
Amy Krischer, University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Occupational Therapy
Krischer will implement joint parent-child programming at a family shelter. The programming will introduce parents and children to meaningful activities they can participate in together in order to facilitate healthy attachment formation and to create a safe space for parent and child survivors of domestic violence. Community Site: Family Rescue
JJ Locquiao, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Medicine
Locquaio will co-direct the “Young Doctors Program,” a health career pipeline program for children in North Lawndale originally created in 2010 by a Schweitzer Fellow and sustained and expanded through the leadership of subsequent Schweitzer Fellows and UIC medical students. Locquaio plans to expand the Young Doctors program further to include academic and ACT/SAT tutoring for high school students as well as advising with the college application and interviewing process. Community Site: Lawndale Christian Family Health Center
Lauren Milburn, Columbia College Chicago, Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling
Milburn will offer Creative Play Space: Mind-Body-Motion for refugee families in Uptown. Encouraging the cultivation of mindfulness through a multimodal approach, the group will provide a diverse array of tools that develop self-regulation, build a trusting and open community, and present a platform for creative expression. Community Site: Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights International FACES program
Wendy Mironov, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing
Mironov will partner with a grass roots group that is organizing to improve health and access to health care for undocumented immigrants, their families, and their communities. Wendy will collaborate on educational materials and workshops for undocumented patients and providers based on the experiences, insights, and challenges encountered by undocumented patients in Chicago.
Community Site: Salud Sin Papeles
Alyson Moser, University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health and the Jane Addams College of Social Work
Moser plans to create and implement an adult literacy and job readiness program. The program will focus on helping participants with preparing for the GED test, writing resumes and cover letters, and developing career goals. Community Site: Oakley Square Apartments
Carly Offidani-Bertrand, The University of Chicago, Comparative Human Development
Offidani-Bertrand will create and teach free healthy lifestyle and fitness classes to adolescents living in public housing, The classes will develop confidence, self-esteem, resiliency and healthy habits among youth as they learn about self-defense, food justice, and active transportation. Community Site: Growing Power
Nicole Paprocki, Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Poprocki proposes a pipeline program for socio-economically disadvantaged youth into the health professions through a partnership between Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and Instituto Health Science Career Academy. High school students will have access to engaging classroom health lessons that align to their science curriculum, a summer career explorers program, and ongoing mentoring from medical students that will support their endeavors to become healthcare providers in their communities. Community Site: Instituto Health Science Career Academy
Hieu Pham, Rush Medical College
Pham plans to create a mentorship and empowerment curriculum for LGBT homeless youth. The curriculum will provide a creative space for self-expression and self-care, health education, and healthcare access. Community Site: The Crib Shelter at the Night Ministry
Sarah Power, DePaul University, School of Nursing
Power will partner with Chicago Youth Programs (CYP) to combat preventable diseases, such as obesity and STDs, and improve health education for African American youth and families in Washington Park. Interactive education workshops used in conjunction with the development of positive recreational activities will contribute to empowering the participants to live healthier lives. Community Site: Chicago Youth Programs
Angela Pruitt, Chicago State University, College of Pharmacy
Pruitt proposes to initiate heart health seminars for African American young adults on Chicago’s south side. These seminars will engage youth in preventative efforts to reduce the incidence and prevalence of heart disease and stroke in Chicago’s underserved communities. Community Site: Chicago Public Schools – Hyde Park Academy
Jessie Reuteler, Rush University, College of Nursing
Reuteler will implement an evidence-based youth healthcare access empowerment curriculum the 5+1=20 community program. Selected students in 4 Chicago Public Schools will learn navigational skills for insurance and doctors’ visits and build self- advocacy skills and confidence. Community Site: 5+1=20
Gabija Revis, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Dentistry & School of Public Health
Revis will create an oral health component for the extensive training program used to teach caregivers of medically-complex children and healthcare professionals at a transition facility for children being moved out of intensive hospital care. The oral health program will educate caregivers, medical professionals, and dental professionals at the facility and the University of Illinois on the specific oral health needs of the medically-complex child in hopes of beginning to shed light on the access to care issues facing this community. Community Site: Almost Home Kids
Ashley Roché, Rush University. College of Nursing
Roché will initiate educational sessions about end-of-life care and planning with socially isolated elders. The sessions will provide support to elders in determining their preferences for end-of life care and ensure that their healthcare plans are implemented according to their wishes. Community Site: Little Brothers–Friends of the Elderly, Chicago Chapter
Kris Rosentel, The University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration
Rosentel proposes to start a peer-led group and offer counseling to LGBTQ youth on the South Side of Chicago. Both the group and counseling will provide social support to the youth; the group will also offer leadership opportunities for youth. Community Site: Care2Prevent
Olga Sinyavskaya, The University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine.
Sinyavskaya will increase access to information about Hepatitis C for individuals who use drugs. This initiative will seek to increase the number of participants screened and treated for Hepatitis C. Community Site: Chicago Recovery Alliance
Alisa Jordan Sheth, University of Illinois at Chicago, Disability Studies
Sheth will work with older adults with intellectual disabilities to collaboratively develop an accessible curriculum and group format that help participants define successful aging for themselves and address future-planning needs. Sessions will aim to provide social learning and self-advocacy opportunities around health literacy, aging, and other member-identified needs. Community Site: Misericordia Heart of Mercy
Karie Elizabeth Stewart, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing
Stewart proposes to initiate prenatal classes and education for pregnant African-American and Hispanic mothers at a community health center in the Austin neighborhood. The classes and education will be initiated through the utilization of Centering Pregnancy®. Her goal is to increase the number of patients that seek prenatal care earlier on in their pregnancy, helping them to experience a healthy pregnancy. Community Site: PCC Wellness Austin Family Health Clinic
Jessica Williams, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Dentistry
Williams will work with underserved older adults to develop a curriculum which promotes oral health literacy. She will host educational seminars in an effort to address the oral health knowledge gaps of the local senior community. Community Site: Ravenswood Community Services
Darshana Bhattacharyya, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Medicine
Bhattacharyya worked with the Thresholds Young Mothers Project to create a series of bi-monthly “life tools” workshops that addressed issues of personal well-being, self-empowerment, and disease management for young mothers and families affected by severe mental illness.
Community Site: Thresholds Acute Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center
Heidi Cerneka, Loyola University Chicago, School of Law
Cerneka partnered with Uptown People’s Law Center to better understand, and provide support to women with mental illnesses involved in the criminal justice system at Cook County Jail and in the Illinois Department of Corrections. She also organized an interdisciplinary symposium for students and faculty at Loyola University Chicago to create greater awareness about the needs of women who are incarcerated.
Community Site: Uptown People’s Law Center
Kelly Cline, Adler University, Counseling – Art Therapy
At Heartland Alliance’s Refugee and Immigrant Community Services, Cline led a therapeutic art and yoga focused program for youth from diverse cultural backgrounds. Her project honored the diversity of each individual, creating a safe space for artistic self-expression, healthy self-care, and a sense of community within the group.
Community Site: Heartland Alliance
Pablo da Silva, Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine
Da Silva worked in partnership with the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine to create a “mini-medical school” for community college students from underrepresented groups and disadvantaged backgrounds. The students were exposed to different healthcare fields, participated in laboratory skill-building workshops, and received advice and mentoring aimed at helping them become better prepared to pursue careers in the health professions.
Community Site: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Kristina Davis, Rush University, College of Nursing
Davis worked with Rush University’s 5+1=20 community health initiative to implement a train-the-trainer health education program for Chicago public school students. The program engaged youth in prevention efforts to reduce the disease burden of cancer, diabetes, asthma, hypertension, and HIV in Chicago’s underserved communities.
Community Site: 5+1=20, Rush University
Joshua Eastham, Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine – Illinois
Eastham continued and expanded a previous Schweitzer Fellow’s project, “Right from the Start,” an oral health education initiative at J.R. Tibbott Elementary School in Bolingbrook. The project incorporated education about making healthy lifestyle choices and developing good health habits into the curriculum.
Community Site: John R. Tibbott School, VVSD365LL
Nisha Garg, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Dentistry
Garg initiated an oral health education and referral program for veterans at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. She provided oral hygiene workshops aimed at enhancing veterans’ ability to maintain proper oral health, and she also organized a dental screening and intake fair for over 70 veterans at the UIC College of Dentistry.
Community Site: Jesse Brown VA Medical Center
Evelyn Gomez, Rush University, College of Nursing
Gomez partnered with Illinois Hispanic Nurses Association and created “Lead,” an after school mentoring and health education program for minority high school students at Instituto Del Progreso Latino to prepare the students for the healthcare field and to empower them to advocate for themselves, pursue higher education, and break the cycle of poverty within their families.
Community Site: Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy (IHSCA)
Megan Gordon, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing
At Christopher House, Gordon initiated a class for pregnant adolescents that focused on childbirth education and empowering the young women and their partners to advocate for themselves to have better birth outcomes.
Community Site: Christopher House
Rachel R. Gottfredsen-Gage, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing
Gottfredsen-Gage partnered with the Metro YMCA to create an “Art for Peace” youth group in Humboldt Park to cultivate greater social connections and provide a platform for sharing stories. The project worked to improve healthy behaviors, self-esteem, conflict resolution skills, ability to handle stress, and other protective factors.
Community Site: YMCA Youth Safety and Violence Prevention
Phylicia Hammonds, National University of Health Sciences, Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine Program
Working with Girls in the Game, Hammonds initiated “Be(YOU)tiful,” an interactive health awareness program focused on developing a positive self-image in adolescent girls through the incorporation of nutrition education and physical fitness.
Community Site: Girls in the Game
Elizabeth Harrison, University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Occupational Therapy
Harrison partnered with Heartland Alliance International to create a support group for LGBT refugees and asylees in the Chicago area. The group provided a safe gathering space for LGBT refugees and asylees and helped to improve community integration, social support and mental health.
Community Site: Heartland Alliance International
Mary Clare Houlihan, DePaul University, School of Nursing
Houlihan implemented a scrapbooking workshop for cancer survivors through the Gilda’s Club Satellite Program at Rush Cancer Center. These workshops promote a creative and relaxing way for individuals to socialize. The process of scrapbooking also promotes social interactions and quality of life of individuals affected by cancer.
Community Site: Gilda’s Club
Phillip Hsu, University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine
Hsu partnered with Chinese Christian Union Church (CCUC) South and The University of Chicago to establish a free health clinic in Bridgeport to serve the neighborhood and a rapidly growing population of underserved Asian immigrants and Asian Americans. The clinic provides drop-in care, referrals, and support for chronic diseases, as well as health education.
Community Site: Pui Tak Center
Kamaal Jones, Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine
Jones initiated a public health club with students at Youth Connections Leadership Academy, in conjunction with Project Brotherhood. This program works to discuss with students the many social determinants of a community’s health, from food access to policing, and strives to give them the tools to make an impact on these issues within their community. In addition, Jones worked with a weekly trauma group for young men who have been victims of gunshot violence in Chicago.
Community Site: Project Brotherhood
Jennifer Lequieu, Rush University, College of Medicine
Lequieu worked with PrimeCare Community Health Center in Humboldt Park to provide health education and support to empower individuals and families to understand how to maintain their health and lead healthier lives.
Community Site: PrimeCare Community Health, Inc.
Tessa Garcia McEwen, University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration
McEwen implemented “My Evergreen Baby,” a perinatal loss support program on the south side of Chicago in partnership with local hospitals and health agencies. McEwen worked to increase access to local bereavement support for grieving parents and also to increase health providers’ understanding about how to provide more compassionate and culturally competent care with parents experiencing pregnancy and infant loss.
Community Site: University of Chicago Perinatal Center
Sarah Moore, Columbia College Chicago, Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling Graduate Program
Moore offered yoga and mindfulness classes to the refugee community at Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights International FACES program. She worked to provide participants with tools to help address their trauma and connect to their new found American community.
Community Site: Heartland Health Outreach, International FACES
Iqra Mushtaq, University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health
Mushtaq created and taught heart disease risk-reduction workshops for refugee/ immigrant women at Asian Human Services aimed at empowering the women to incorporate healthy lifestyle changes.
Community Site: Asian Human Services
Amol Naik, University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine
Naik created a weekly diabetes discussion group for formerly homeless adults at The Boulevard (Interfaith House). The discussion group provided opportunities for participants to learn about the disease, healthy nutrition and lifestyle behaviors to maintain their health, and a space to share their challenges and build plans to improve their health.
Community Site: The Boulevard
Katherine Palmer, University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine
Palmer partnered with the Teen Health Advocates Program (T-HAP) for high school student leaders interested in health and health careers at UChicago Charter Woodlawn High School. She created a space for the students to learn about and then lead youth-directed health and wellness initiatives for the entire school community. She also worked with South Side school leaders to develop youth sports clinics taught by college and graduate student athletes.
Community Site: University of Chicago Charter School—Woodlawn Campus
Supriya Rastogi, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
Rastogi partnered with EverThrive Illinois to tackle the racial and ethnic disparities in birth outcomes in the South Side of Chicago and promote reproductive justice for women of all ages. She facilitated discussions on health practices, promoted youth development, and increased the capacity of the community to share reproductive health information and support each other.
Community Site: EverThrive IL
HB Riley, University of Illinois at Chicago, Jane Addams College of Social Work and School of Public Health
Riley worked with an interdisciplinary team at the Health Justice Project to address environmental health hazards such as lead exposures, mold, and infestations affecting low-income tenants. Her project also worked to build institutional capacity by developing best practices for the creation of healthy homes.
Community Site: Loyola University Chicago School of Law Health Justice Project
Claudio Rivera, DePaul University, Clinical-Community Psychology Graduate Program
Rivera partnered with Holy Cross-Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish to develop a college student health group to promote the health and well-being of low-income, Latina/o, first-generation college students on the South Side of Chicago. He created series of health workshops and community health events to increase health awareness and engagement in healthy behaviors.
Community Site: Holy Cross-Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish
Luke Swift, Rush University, College of Nursing
Swift initiated a mindfulness-based relapse prevention program for adults with substance use disorders at Haymarket Center. He helped participants improve self-regulation and fostered increased awareness of triggers, habitual patterns, and “automatic” reactions.
Community Site: Haymarket Center
Jamie Tolmatsky, Adler University, Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program
Tolmatsky initiated a caregiver wellness program. She provided support groups to foster social support, educational training to promote stress reduction and healthy living, and other recreational activities focused on improving the overall quality of life for caregivers.
Community Site: Rush University Medical Center, Health and Aging
Sarah Wagener, University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health
Wagener partnered with Storycatchers Theatre, a youth development arts organization that helps youth explore positive decision making through writing and performing their own musical theatre material. Wagener worked with the organization’s Changing Voices employment program, through which she guided formerly incarcerated adolescents with developing and performing musical theatre pieces that explored challenges to reentry and healthy decision making.
Community Site: Storycatchers Theatre
Raymond Yong, Rush University, College of Medicine
Yong implemented a leadership and personal development camp for at risk teenage males at the Near West Side Salvation Army. The camp promoted growth and maturity in these young men to one day become mentors to their friends, family, and peers.
Community Site: Salvation Army Chicago Temple Corps Community Center
Raheem Young, Argosy University Chicago, Doctorate of Business Administration Program
At Banner Academy Alternative High School in Austin, Young initiated “Suited for Success,” a mentoring and empowerment program aimed at helping African American youth gain employment, economic empowerment, and break the cycles of poverty.
Community Site: Banner Academy Alternative High School
Harlean Ahuja, Midwestern University, College of Dental Medicine
Ahuja initiated “Right from the Start,” an interdisciplinary health curriculum for low income elementary school students living in the western suburbs. She provided interactive workshops to educate children on the importance of making and implementing healthy lifestyle choices and to encourage them to actively begin developing healthy lifelong habits.
Community Site: Valley View School District 365U: J.R. Tibbott Elementary School
Kelli Bosak, University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration
Bosak worked with women in the process of community re-entry and in residential programs affiliated with the Sheriff Women’s Justice Program in Cook County Jail. She incorporated yoga and mindfulness exercises into weekly Body Empowerment groups to aid women in their stress reduction, health education, and empowerment.
Community Site: Cook County Sheriff Women’s Justice Programs
Eddie D. Burks, Loyola University Chicago, Community Counseling
Burks initiated relational psycho-education interventions and support group to assist Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth in the child welfare system. His program provided empowerment and support through the teachings of positive coping, leadership, and advocacy skills to strengthen self-esteem and acceptance in schools and foster care placements.
Community Site: Uhlich Children Advantage Network (UCAN)
Autumn Burnes, Rush University, Rush Medical College
Burnes taught health education to high school students in the Summer Jobs program through the Lincoln United Methodist Church in Pilsen. Topics included teaching students to take blood pressure, test glucose levels, and choose healthy foods. During the academic year, she continued a mentorship program with students.
Community Site: Centro Sin Fronteras
Rebecca Charles, Chicago-Kent College of Law and University of Illinois at Chicago,
School of Public Health
Charles partnered with Heartland Health Center to educate immigrant populations on culturally appropriate nutrition interventions for better diabetes control.
Community Site: Heartland Health Center
Megan Dawson, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing
Dawson aimed to reduce the emotional isolation, anxiety and stigma that can be experienced by women concerning their reproductive health decisions. She provides support to patients during procedures, and also helped the Chicago Doula Circle grow its community volunteer program.
Community Site: Chicago Doula Circle
Lissa de Castro, DePaul University, School of Nursing
De Castro partnered with the Night Ministry to implement Project SSAFE: Safe Sex Awareness For Everyone. She conducted street outreach among homeless youth in the Lakeview neighborhood, providing sexual health education including STI/HIV prevention workshops, linking youth at risk of sex trafficking and preventable diseases to resources within their communities, and providing therapeutic communication.
Community Site: The Night Ministry
Laura Douglas, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Dentistry
Douglas increased oral health awareness and preventive care among the special needs population at the Arts of Life Studio. She also incorporated arts activities to engage the community and to support the studio’s efforts to help individuals with and without developmental disabilities realize their full potential.
Community Site: Arts of Life
Shriya Gandhi, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Medicine
Gandhi partnered with Mujeres Latinas en Accion, where she taught nutrition to and conducted fitness activities with Latino youth from various areas around Chicago to help empower them to make better lifelong decisions about their health. She also helped enhance the youth’s exposure to and readiness for college and graduate school by organizing several panels and workshops to assist them with the application process.
Community Site: Mujeres Latinas en Accion
Adina Goldberger, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
Goldberger developed a discussion-based health education program for incarcerated women at the Cook County Jail focused on preventive health and Chicago-area resources for women’s primary care. She also worked with 1st and 2nd year medical students in Northwestern’s Correctional Medicine Coalition to continue this model.
Community Site: Cook County Jail
Audrey Hertenstein, Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine
Hertenstein facilitated group-based health education courses for women at Community Health. These classes served as a source of idea-sharing, support, motivation, and empowerment for women seeking to achieve goals in stress management, healthy lifestyle changes, healthy eating, and exercise.
Community Site: CommunityHealth
Michelle High, Rush University, College of Nursing
High partnered with Parenting ProGRESS and implemented the Chicago Parent Program during weekly group meetings for teen parents. Group sessions focused on strengthening parenting skills and promoting positive parent-child interactions through activities, discussions, and practice assignments.
Community Site: Parenting ProGRESS at Ravenswood Covenant Church
Alescia M. Hollowell, MPH, DePaul University, Community Psychology
Hollowell partnered with KIPP Ascend Middle School to develop and implement culturally-tailored health education workshops for students. The workshops covered topics including physical health, sexual health, and the social determinants of health, in hopes of encouraging and promoting the development of positive health beliefs and behaviors among students.
Community Site: Kipp Ascend Middle School
Kathryn Huber, Loyola University Chicago, School of Law and School of Social Work
Huber assisted clients with eligible juvenile criminal records through the process of petitioning for and receiving an expungement. Subsequently, she was able to provide clients with resources and information to assist them with future planning and other tangible needs, which were often connected to the stigma of having a criminal record. Through expungement, clients were able to remove a significant barrier to achievement during the critical transition period to adulthood, independence, and self-sufficiency.
Community Site: Cabrini Green Legal Aid
Fredrick Kendricks, Argosy University Chicago, Counselor Education
Kendricks facilitated small discussion groups that empowered Black men and women recently released from correctional institutions. The discussion groups provided opportunities for the men and women to explore topics concerning: housing resources, employment options, wellness, interpersonal development and good citizenship.
Community Site: EMAGES, Inc.
Kate Kinasz, University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine
Kinasz worked with Girls in the Game, an organization which promotes healthy lifestyles and self-esteem in girls from diverse backgrounds and abilities through exercise and nutrition education. Serving as a coach to help implement the Girls in the Game program, Kinasz also worked to expand the curriculum to improve the effectiveness of the sessions and introduce obesity and eating disorder lessons.
Community Site: Girls in the Game
Timothy Kosiba, Northern Illinois University, Physical Therapy
Kosiba partnered with Northern Illinois University Health and Wellness Center and the Family Service Agency to conduct a “Rise Up Against Falls” program targeting older adults in the DeKalb community. Kosiba provided fall screening and prevention education, and wellness activities to help individuals maintain their independence and improve their quality of life.
Community Site: Northern Illinois University Family, Health, Wellness, and Literacy Center
Nora Mulloy, Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Mulloy implemented an individualized support program for homeless pregnant and parenting young women in partnership with The Night Ministry. The project aimed to empower these moms and children by cultivating a healthy and informed parent-child dynamic that can buffer the many stresses that poverty inflicts upon growing brains and bodies.
Community Site: The Night Ministry’s Response Ability Pregnant & Parenting Program (RAPPP)
Nicole Raucci, DePaul University, School of Nursing
Raucci implemented the Healthy Older Adult Program at Heiwa Terrace, the Japanese American Service Committee’s affiliated residence facility, to improve the health maintenance of underserved seniors. She provided individualized mentorship toward health goals, interactive group meetings, and various workshops to reduce stress and promote community bonding, exercise, nutrition, and self-defense.
Community Site: Japanese American Service Committee (JASC)
Farah Shakir, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Dentistry
Shakir focused on oral disease prevention within the Iraqi refugee community. She conducted community outreach in Arabic and English to assess and improve the community’s knowledge about oral health, and to address barriers to their receiving oral health care. Working together with Dr. Sheila Raja, an expert in psychological trauma and PTSD, Shakir hoped to address the underlying mental health issues that impact the community’s overall health.
Community Site: Iraqi Mutual Aid Society
Padraic Stanley, Loyola University Chicago, School of Social Work
Stanley partnered with the Latino Organization of the Southwest to address the mental and emotional health needs of immigrant communities in the Southwest side of Chicago through counseling, connecting clients to resources, group activities, and training community members on health and emotional health skills.
Community Site: Latino Organization of the Southwest/Illinois Immigrant Welcoming Centers
Amanda Suttle, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Psychology
Suttle sought to improve self-awareness, social and cultural awareness, and health education in children and adolescents who visit the Boys and Girls Club of Lake County. She co-led and led activities that complemented existing Boys and Girls Club programming such as SMART girls, Healthy Habits, and other programs.
Community Site: Boys and Girls Club of Lake County
Josh Taylor, University of Illinois at Chicago, Urban Planning and Policy
Taylor expanded a mentoring program for male high school students at Johnson College Prep in Englewood. “The Noble Nine” Program’s curriculum aims to empower the young men to pursue leadership roles, use their strengths to support their school and neighborhoods, develop an interest in service, and cultivate passion for the long-term health and wellness of their communities. In its inaugural year, the students succeeded with using their strengths to develop a community garden. During the Fellowship year, the students will organize a similar service project in their neighborhood community.
Community Site: Johnson College Prep
Jane Thomason, University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health
Thomason facilitated support groups for home care workers. These support groups aimed to mediate the occupational stress caused by the unpredictability, lack of support, and minimal training in their workplaces. Participants shared about their jobs and learned about stress management techniques through group discussions, games, and activities.
Community Site: SEIU
Joanna Villacorta, University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration
Villacorta supported 8th Grade girls in making informed health and social decisions by implementing a sexual education and social skills after-school group in a Chicago elementary school. The program also helped to prepare the participants for high school by facilitating dialogues and experiences around identity and goal-setting.
Community Site: Bronzeville Lighthouse Charter School
Amy Wang, Rush University, Rush Medical College
Wang designed and taught a discussions-based seminar focused on chronic illnesses in the Chicago community and planned hands-on service learning events at Rush for students at Richard T. Crane Medical Preparatory High School. The overarching goal of the project was to boost engagement and investment in students who are training to go into professions in the medical field.
Community Site: Richard T. Crane Medical Preparatory High School
Michael Wilcox, Chicago State University, College of Pharmacy
Wilcox expanded services aimed at improving the overall health and well-being of LGBTQ-identified adults age 50 and older at the Howard Brown Health Center. His project promoted health literacy, social support, wellness practices, and other resources tailored to aging adults in Chicago’s LGBTQ community.
Community Site: Howard Brown Health Center
Liweza Yalda, Roosevelt University, College of Pharmacy
Yalda initiated Diabetes Educational Workshops for geriatric patients with language and cultural barriers at the Assyrian American Community Pharmacy in Skokie. She provided workshops and patient education in Assyrian at the pharmacy’s new Diabetes Clinic with the aim of improving patients’ comprehension of their disease and their managing it for better outcomes.
Community Site: Assyrian Family Health Services
Lala Young, Rush University, Rush Medical College
Young sought to improve the mental and emotional health of the women at Facing Forward to End Homelessness on the west side of Chicago. A majority of the women (68%) deal with depression and many are survivors of traumatic experiences. She provided the women with opportunities for self-reflection, creative expression, and self-care tailored to their interests and needs.
Community Site: Facing Forward to End Homelessness
Allison Ancel, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Ancel will expand upon Growing Power’s Open Studio Art program by integrating a mentoring program in order to improve the mental health, physical health, and emotional well-being of low-income youth. The program will focus on team building activities, learning bout healthy living habits and environmental issues, career building, and strengthening the community as a whole.
Community Site: Growing Power
Danielle Babbington, St. Xavier University, School of Nursing
Babbington intends to develop and implement a series of workshops to address the health needs of African-American youth on the south side of Chicago. The workshops are unique in that curriculum development will be directed by the participants.
Community Site: TBA
Nyahne Bergeron, DePaul University, Master of Public Health Program
Bergeron will initiate a program to promote exercise and physical fitness among minority adults living with diabetes on the South Side of Chicago. In collaboration with the Improving Diabetes Care and Outcomes on the South Side of Chicago project at the University of Chicago, and various South Side parks and fitness facilities, the program aims to address barriers to physical fitness, increase awareness of the benefits of exercise, and enhance physical activity among participants.
Community Site: University of Chicago
Rachel Berkowitz, Illinois College of Optometry
Berkowitz will lead classes for the homeless and uninsured to improve awareness of the importance of regular eye exams and of how systemic conditions like diabetes and hypertension can affect ocular health. She will provide prospective patients with referrals for free/low-cost eye exams and glasses, and also hopes to organize several vision screenings over the course of the year.
Community Site: TBA
Katie Berringer, University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration
Berringer proposes to initiate a voluntary stress reduction and health education group at Cook County Jail for women in the process of community re-entry. The groups will provide support and education to assist women in confronting the challenges, stress, and health risks associated with the period immediately following incarceration.
Community Site: Cook County Sheriff’s Female Furlough Program at the Cook County Jail
Addie Boone, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
Boone proposes to initiate a medical-legal partnership to co-locate legal services in community health clinics serving underserved patient populations with poorly-controlled asthma to help enforce habitability laws.
Community Site: TBA
Lily Camp, University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration
Camp will partner with the Safer Foundation to provide a supplemental social and emotional learning curriculum for formerly incarcerated men who are participating in the organization’s job training and job placement programs. The curriculum will focus on emotional well-being to help ease the transition process from incarceration to employment.
Community Site: The Safer Foundation
Diana Chen, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School
Chen will initiate health education outreach and regularly scheduled screening and health maintenance clinics with PrimeCare Community Health, Inc. and the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. These activities will engage young families, the Latino/a population, and people living below the federal poverty line to enroll in a patient-centered healthcare home with the ultimate goal of promoting long-term, continuous health maintenance and prevention.
Community Site: PrimeCare Community Health, Inc.
Marcus Han, Loyola University Chicago, School of Social Work
Han proposes to develop programming that will expose LGBTQA students in Chicagoland schools to sport and exercise groups in Chicago. Programming will provide a safe environment for LGBTQA youth to experience the many positive effects of exercise and team-oriented sports.
Community Site: TBA
Jenna Heffron, University of Illinois at Chicago, Disability Studies
Heffron will partner with The Empowered Fe Fes, a young women’s disability advocacy group, to develop and implement disability identity workshops at Chicago high schools and City Colleges. The workshops will educate students, faculty, and staff about the social barriers that people with disabilities encounter and will expose them to the potential for developing a positive disability identity.
Community Site: The Empowered Fe Fes at Access Living
Kate Hoffower, Northeastern Illinois University, Department of Counseling Education
Hoffower will create an experiential theatre program for residents of Hephzibah Children’s Group Home in Oak Park. Workshops and performances will focus on building self-esteem, identifying strengths, and enhancing creativity in a safe and supportive environment.
Community Site: Hephzibah Children’s Group Home
Tiphany Jackson, Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine
Jackson proposes to expand the Health Professions Recruitment and Exploration Program at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine to include pre-medical students, completing the health careers pipeline from high school to medical school. The goal of the program is to prepare and encourage underrepresented students to enter the health professions and improve diversity in health care to address the needs of communities.
Community Site: Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine
Somayeh Jahedi, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Dentistry
Jahedi plans to coordinate a two-part service event for special needs individuals at the Illinois Center for Rehabilitation and Education – Roosevelt, which will engage both dental students and dental professionals. Dental students will provide oral health instruction and nutritional counseling for ICRE-R students and their caretakers, while dentists will provide necessary dental work for the students through an organized one-day service event.
Community Site: Illinois Center for Rehabilitation and Education – Roosevelt
Joji Kohjima, Rush University, Rush Medical College
Kohjima will work with high school students at Instituto Health Sciences and Career Academy by teaching Capoeira and Brazilian dance classes. The program will focus on physical activity and cultural enrichment for high school students, as well as mentoring them to prepare them for roles in the health care field.
Community Site: Instituto Health Sciences and Career Academy
Denise Lu, Midwestern University, Chicago College of Medicine
Lu proposes to initiate a well-rounded teenage curriculum focusing on self-esteem, daily health, and empowerment at Hyde Park Neighborhood Center. Workshops will address the health issues and concerns of participants.
Community Site: Hyde Park Neighborhood Center
Bernice Man, Chicago State University, College of Pharmacy
Man proposes to provide health screening services, disease-state education presentations, and “brown bag” medication review sessions in Cantonese to senior residents who reside in Chinatown. By partnering with Chinese American Service League (CASL) Senior Housing, she aspires to increase the health literacy and medication adherence of the local Chinese senior population. She will involve other pharmacy school students in her project and she eventually would like to expand her project to the general Chinese population that CASL serves.
Community Site: Chinese American Service League Senior Housing
Nisha Mehta, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Dentistry
Mehta will develop a program to improve the oral health status of children with lifelong medical conditions, including chronic medical illnesses, developmental disabilities, and special needs. The program will focus on educating and training primary care providers, hospital staff, and children on the importance of good oral hygiene and maintaining optimal oral health.
Community Site: La Rabida Children’s Hospital
Nina Metsovaara, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing
Metsovaara proposes to implement a health education curriculum among Chicago adolescents and teens at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. The purpose of the curriculum is youth empowerment through holistic health promotion from an anti-oppression, violence prevention, and community building perspective.
Community Site: Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center
Triniece Pearson, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing
Pearson proposes to initiate sexual health education sessions for women who receive a negative pregnancy test result. The follow-up sessions aim to reduce risky sexual behaviors through education and continuous support.
Community Site: Lawndale Christian Health Center
Amanda Platner, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Platner plans to develop and lead an expressive arts therapy group for adolescent females with developmental disabilities. The group will focus on social skills development and advocacy through the arts, as well as provide support and a sense of community for the young women.
Community Site: TBA
Biswas Pradhan, Loyola University Chicago, School of Social Work
Pradhan aims to provide elderly Bhutanese refugees from Nepal with the skills and resources to access proper preventive and non-preventive healthcare. This project has been designed into three sections: 1) English as Secondary Language classes, 2) health education, and 3) health advocacy. The health of the refugees and their knowledge of healthcare in the United States are the ultimate goals of this project.
Community Site: Nepalese American Society
Jori Anne Reigle, DePaul University, School of Nursing
Reigle proposes to implement an oral health program at Ravenswood Community Services. The project will increase awareness, provide education to promote healthy oral behaviors, and streamline the process of connecting Ravenswood neighbors to healthcare providers to increase accessibility of oral health services.
Community Site: Ravenswood Community Services
Karena Rounsaville, Rush University, Rush Medical College
Rounsaville proposes to organize health-oriented workshops with the American Indian women at the American Indian Health Services. The workshops will focus on different pertinent health issues affecting American Indian women today.
Community Site: American Indian Health Services
Rachelle Sico, Loyola University Chicago, School of Law
Sico proposes to implement a health and legal service centered on providing Illinois CountyCare for the Erie Family Health Center. She will assist the uninsured patient population of Chicago with an array of issues including access to Illinois CountyCare, Medicaid, and Charity Care programs that will ensure continuous primary and preventive health care services for those previously uninsured individuals.
Community Site: Erie Family Health Center
Hannah Snyder, University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine
Snyder proposes to collaborate with HIV-positive inmates, social workers, and doctors at the Cook County Jail to identify and address barriers to HIV care after release from jail.
Community Site: Cermak Health Services at Cook County Jail
Ava Socik, Rush University, Rush Medical College
Socik will partner with a Chicagoland school to implement First Lady Michelle Obama’s “5 Simple Steps to Success,” a part of the “Let’s Move!” campaign to end childhood obesity in the United States. These Steps to Success focus on improving child health outcomes by focusing on the entire community: children, parents, teachers, administrators.
Community Site: TBA
Ashley Tsang, University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine
Tsang proposes to initiate an opiate overdose prevention program at Cook County Jail. The program will include overdose prevention classes and provide participants with Narcan, an antidote for opiate overdoses.
Community Site: Chicago Recovery Alliance at Cook County Jail
Annabella Vidal-Ruiz, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing
Vidal-Ruiz proposes to initiate teleneurology for uninsured adult patients at CommunityHealth. This project will help reduce wait times for patients and, if successful, can be applied to other specialties within the clinic.
Community Site: CommunityHealth
Scott Waller, Adler School of Professional Psychology
Waller will continue a social support and skills group for LGBT-identified seniors at The Center on Halsted. The group will provide skills training and social excursions for the Center’s most socially-isolated seniors.
Community Site: The Center on Halsted
Patricia Walsh, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing
Walsh will support the design and launch of a Complementary and Alternative Therapies program at Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter. The program will provide therapeutic, non-pharmacological pain and stress management, and symptom relief to patients and their families.
Community Site: Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter
Connor Williams, University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration
Williams will implement a support group for HIV-positive young men who have sex with men between the ages of 18-24 in conjunction with the Test Positive Aware Network. The support group will provide a safe and empowering environment for youth to explore various psychosocial issues such as their mental, physical, and sexual health development in relation to a positive HIV status.
Community Site: Test Positive Aware Network
Jennifer Woo, Loyola University, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing
Woo proposes to initiate breastfeeding support and education groups for underserved teen moms.
Community Site: TBA
Akua Agyeman, The University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration
Agyeman will create a violence prevention and intervention dance program for African American youth at the Keep Loving Each Other (KLEO) Community Center. It will provide a safe space for adolescents to engage in dance and discussions regarding community violence, coping mechanisms, and conflict resolution.
Community Site: Keep Loving Each Other (KLEO) Community Center
Angela Aifah, The University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration
Aifah will develop a diabetes education program for women and children served by the Pan African Association. Her program will promote health and wellness through diet management education focused on both Western and traditional African meals.
Community Site: Pan African Association
Ndang Azang-Njaah, The University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine
Azang-Njaah will partner with the South Side Help Center, where he will work to increase access to care for African Americans and other underserved populations affected by HIV/AIDS.
Community Site: South Side Help Center
Maimoona Batul, Chicago State University, College of Pharmacy
Batul will conduct health and wellness classes in Hindi for seniors at the Indo-American Center. She intends to increase the seniors’ health awareness and involve them in social activities.
Community Site: Indo-American Center
Jordan Becerril, Rush University, College of Medicine
Becerril will create a “Higher Education Within Your Reach” program at the Center on Halsted for high school age adolescents who are homeless and/or identify as lesbian, gay, transgender or bisexual. Becerril’s program will emphasize the attainability of higher education and the steps needed to realize this goal.
Community Site: The Center on Halsted
Tara Berkson, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Pharmacy
Berkson will address food resourcing obstacles while promoting healthy lifestyle choices to patients with diabetes at CommunityHealth, a free clinic for uninsured Chicago residents. She plans to organize group outings to local farmers markets and empower patients to create individualized “wellness prescriptions.”
Community Site: CommunityHealth
Amy Cavazos, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Master of Art in Art Therapy Program
Cavazos will work to empower at-risk Latina teens who have experienced domestic violence and/or sexual assault by initiating after-school art therapy groups involving visual arts and writing. The groups will help the young women process personal experiences of trauma, provide them with social support, and gain insight about domestic violence, sexuality and teen pregnancy.
Community Site: Proyecto Juventud (ProjectYouth) at Mujeres Latinas en Accion
Lacie Durand, Rush University, College of Nursing
Durand will develop educational and interventional programs for low income older adults that focus on health promotion, fall prevention and medical compliance. These initiatives aim to improve the quality of life of older adults and empower them to take an active role in managing their health.
Community Site: Central West Senior Center
Dana Elborno, Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine
Elborno will address the health needs of the growing Arab refugee population in Chicago by training health promoters within the community. Her training curriculum will empower women and girls to feel more self assured as they seek and attain health knowledge in America.
Community Site: TBD
Mary Alexandra Friedman, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
Friedman will pair patients with uncontrolled diabetes with medical student health coaches in a program aimed at helping patients manage complex care plans, make lifestyle modifications, and feel supported while living with chronic disease.
Community Site: PCC Community Wellness Center
Ryan Heath, The University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration
Ryan will integrate a service-learning component into the therapeutic program of Chicago Adventure Therapy. Utilizing a positive youth development framework, the combined preventative-therapeutic model will enhance preexisting experiential programming that builds positive mental health and social-emotional skills of at-risk Chicago youth.
Community Site: Chicago Adventure Therapy
Kisha Hope, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Physician Assistant Program
Hope will initiate a bi-weekly self defense clinic at the Young Women’s Empowerment Project (YWEP), an organization that helps girls and young women impacted by the sex trade and street economics. She will conduct her project with the assistance of IMPACT, a Chicago-based organization that teaches self defense to women and girls to prevent, minimize, and stop violence. Additionally, she will provide education on reproductive health, STI prevention, and abuse.
Community Site: Young Women’s Empowerment Project (YWEP)
Ayesha Khan, Midwestern University, Chicago College of Pharmacy
Khan is developing an adolescent health and wellness curriculum to be implemented at the East Aurora Magnet Academy. She will educate middle school students on ways to prevent disease and injury, improve health, and train them to become leaders and promoters of healthy choices.
Community Site: East Aurora Magnet Academy
Elizabeth Martin, Rush University, College of Nursing
Marton will collaborate with Gilda’s Club Chicago, a free support community for individuals diagnosed with cancer, to expand their outreach programs at local hospitals. She will plan and facilitate new programming at hospitals targeting more diverse populations.
Community Site: Gilda’s Club Chicago
Erica Martinez, University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health
Martinez will promote physical activity by initiating a running club in the Pilsen neighborhood for children ages 8 to 12. The program will promote family involvement and also include nutrition classes.
Community Site: TBD
Ashley McDonald, University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health
McDonald will expand a summer and after-school science program for children at the
Lawndale Community Church by incorporating public health issues and information. She also plans to start a college preparation program for high school students.
Community Site: Lawndale Community Church
Amy McNew, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Amy will develop and facilitate an LGBTQ support group for individuals age 65 and older to provide an opportunity for social engagement and the development of healthy social skills.
Community Site: TBD
Regine Michel, Rush University, College of Nursing
Michel will initiate a mental health program for pregnant and parenting teens. Her program will focus on positive interpersonal relationships, self-esteem, care, and hygiene to decrease the potential for mental health challenges post-pregnancy.
Community Site: The Simpson Academy for Young Women
Natalie Morgan, University of Illinois, College of Dentistry
Morgan will work with Target Hope to encourage more African Americans to enter health science careers by providing supplementary ACT preparation courses and by exposing students to different health career fields.
Community Site: Target Hope
Rachel Newhouse, University of Illinois, College of Nursing
Newhouse will provide supplemental first-trimester prenatal care for underserved women in Chicago. Her programming will include education on health maintenance during pregnancy and connections to local resources for low-income women.
Community Site: TBD
Chiagozie Ononye, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
Ononye will partner with Apostolic Faith Church on Chicago’s south side, where she will create a program to teach high-school aged girls to become community health promoters about HIV prevention, reproductive health, nutrition, and mental health.
Community Site: Apostolic Faith Church
Tatiana Ormaza, University of Illinois at Chicago, Jane Addams School of Social Work and School of Public Health
Ormaza will focus on the intersection of trauma and community violence by providing mental health services and arts programming for at-risk youth. Her project will take place at the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center and incorporate poetry, spoken word, and
cognitive behavioral therapy.
Community Site: Juvenile Temporary Detention Center
Elisa Pleasant, Loyola University of Chicago, Beazley Institute for Health Law andPolicy
Pleasant will work to address food insecurity with school aged children in the Englewood neighborhood through community gardening and other activities.
Community Site: TBD
Douglas Posey, Northwestern University School of Law
Posey will mentor and advocate for juvenile drug offenders in the Chicago metropolitan area through Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC). The program will also help TASC build lasting volunteer pipelines from Northwestern University School of Law and Chicago area law firms.
Community Site: Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC)
Anand Sandesara, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Medicine
Sandesara will establish a diabetes and nutrition education program for incarcerated men at North Lawndale Adult Transition Center in partnership with the Safer Foundation. The program aims to empower this population to make healthy lifestyle choices both in prison and following release from the criminal justice system.
Community Site: North Lawndale Adult Transition Center, the Safer Foundation
Amrita Seehra, Rush University, College of Medicine
Seehra will create a garden with students at Simpson Academy for Young Women, a school for teenage mothers and pregnant teens. Her program will educate the students about nutrition and the environment, as well as empower them through ownership and community engagement.
Community Site: The Simpson Academy for Young Women
Jessica Sittig, Columbia College Chicago, Dance Movement Therapy & Counseling
Sittig will introduce dance and movement into the trauma-focused psychotherapy program for clients and caregivers at LaRabida Children’s Hospital – Chicago Child Trauma Center.
Community Site: LaRabida Children’s Hospital – Chicago Child Trauma Center
Rebecca Smith, University of Illinois, College of Nursing, Nurse/Midwifery Program
Smith will initiate an education program at the 72 Block by Block Diabetes Empowerment Center in Humboldt Park for patients identified as at risk for or diagnosed with gestational diabetes. The program will aim to decrease development of type 2 diabetes in postpartum women and their children, and will create a sustainable framework for continued diabetes education and social support.
Community Site: 72 Block by Block Diabetes Empowerment Center
Elizabeth Springston, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
Springston will collaborate with young women affected by sexual assault and domestic violence to raise awareness of the challenges faced by survivors. Springston and these young women will work to create targeted educational messages for their home, school, and medical communities. The women will develop personal and professional skills, and support one another in the transition from victim to survivor.
Community Site: TBD
Katie Tomarelli, Rush University, College of Nursing
Tomarelli will partner with the Sunday Night Supper, a multi-faith dinner for homeless individuals at Fourth Presbyterian Church’s Chicago Lights outreach program. She will work to build the community members’ trust, establish relationships, and encourage their personal growth and health.
Community Site: Sunday Night Supper
Katie Zabinski, Loyola University Chicago, School of Social Work
Zabinski will initiate awareness raising activities to increase public understanding of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. She will advocate for victims and develop a support group.
Community Site: TBD
Liz Appel, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine
Liz will provide auricular acupuncture and body work to veterans and their relatives at the Alternative Medicine Project for Veterans. Her project will address returning veterans’ health care access as well as the psychological and physical manifestations of trauma and war.
Michelle Ashley, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing
Michelle will do outreach to increase breast and cervical cancer screenings for uninsured and low-income women. Additionally, she proposes to initiate breast and cervical education sessions for lay health advocates/promotoras.
Michael Bennett, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing
Michael will begin a series of weekly health education events for low-income seniors at Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly. These gatherings will focus on a different health condition each week and will feature a presentation, a meal based on dietary recommendations, and a practical discussion of both traditional and alternative approaches to health promotion and disease prevention.
Aldene Brown, Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine
Aldene will facilitate a program involving Stritch medical students teaching sex education and sexual health at Proviso East High School in Maywood, IL.
Curtis Calvert, Rush University College of Nursing
Curtis proposes to provide type II diabetes self-management education to older adults at Central West Senior Center and other community gathering locations on the west side of Chicago.
Cal Calvird, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Cal proposes to initiate value-neutral process art/writing classes for LGBT community elders at the Center on Halsted. The classes will promote creative intuition for personal growth and non-violent group communication.
Chandra Campbell, Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine
At Maywood Family Practice, Chandra will create a health education referral system, update clinic health promotion handouts, see patients for healthy lifestyle consultations one-on-one, and start a healthy lifestyle support group. Further, she plans to train other medical students to conduct the consultations so that the program can grow and continue in the upcoming years.
Tina Damarjian, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Medicine
Tina will do outreach to seniors with vision impairment in the Chicagoland area. Her project will educate seniors about the resources available to regain control of their lives after progressive vision loss.
Katherine Garlo, Rush University College of Medicine
Katherine proposes to implement a program that builds independence and empowers elderly African Americans of Chicago’s West Side. The program will focus on maintaining health and strengthening social support.
Meghan Helder, Loyola University Chicago, School of Law & School of Social Work
Meghan proposes to facilitate a group for young women at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. The group will focus on preparing for the future and increasing positive interactions.
Gihane Jeremie-Brink, Loyola University Chicago, Department of Psychology
Gihane will provide therapeutic support and group counseling services for families struggling with the HIV/AIDS-related illness. Alongside counseling she will partner with predominantly African American churches and educate them about the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in communities throughout Chicago, and empower them with prevention strategies.
Sonya Kenkare, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Medicine
Sonya will initiate a series of classes for teen mothers at the Maryville Academy Madden Teen Parenting Center. She will cover nutrition, cooking, basic health principles, stress management and an introduction to complementary and alternative medicine techniques. This programming will serve to empower and educate the young women as they prepare for independence.
Nathan Kittle, Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine
Nathan proposes to set up and develop treatment protocols for survivors of torture at the Marjorie Kovler Center who have experienced traumatic brain injuries. He will work with survivors, health professionals and Kovler Center staff both individually and in small group settings to facilitate a shared learning environment.
Erica Koegler, University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration
Erica will work to reduce the incidence of low birth weights and infant mortality in at risk Chicago neighborhoods through the Westside Healthy Start Program by Access Community Health Network. The program will provide education, care and support to expectant and post natal women.
Georgina Lopez, Saint Xavier University, School of Nursing
Georgina will initiate health promotion classes for students on the far south side of Chicago at Monee Elementary School. The classes will help students understand how to make healthy food choices to avoid obesity and diabetes.
James Lott, Chicago State University, College of Pharmacy
James will help promote academic success and leadership development in underserved youth by organizing an interactive current affairs discussion group, and provide tutoring and mentoring.
Surajkumar Madoori, Depaul University, Master of Public Health Program
In collaboration with the Howard Brown Health Center, Surajkumar will conduct a writing-based education and empowerment program for adolescents living with HIV. Participants will engage in various forms of writing for both personal and group empowerment as well as HIV/AIDS advocacy development.
Denise Maniakouras, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Dentistry
Denise will provide oral hygiene care to orphaned children at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls and to children who are residential clients of Maryville Academy. She also will offer the children academic tutoring.
Sirisha Narayana, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
Sirisha proposes to conduct group classes and create patient-oriented material on the HPV vaccine and general immunization for immigrant and refugee families. The classes will educate families and participating women about the benefits of cervical cancer and disease prevention via vaccines and encourage them to be proactive about preventative health.
Melanie Odeleye, University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine
Melanie will help establish a comprehensive soccer and nutrition program by expanding Urban Initiatives’ outreach in Chicago elementary schools. This program will emphasize achievement on and off the field, as well as healthy eating and exercise habits for life.
Uchenna Ossai, University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Physical Therapy
Uchenna proposes to design and implement healthcare workshops targeting health issues of homeless youth in Chicago. The program will also involve a special focus on improving healthcare literacy and outcomes among the African-American and LGBT population.
Sangeeta Patel, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Medicine & Harvard School of Public Health
Sangeeta, in collaboration with Snow City Arts, will teach hospitalized children how to play instruments, write music, and digitally record their own songs. This project will serve primarily public aid patients and is designed to promote the healing process as well as facilitate learning outside of the classroom.
Stephanie Price, Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine
Stephanie proposes to initiate a church based health promoter program on the west side of Chicago. The program will partner with a local clinic to train church representatives to become health promoters to their congregation and greater community. Promoters will be trained on issues such as nutrition, diabetes, and hypertension.
Elizabeth Ralyea, Saint Xavier University, School of Nursing
Elizabeth will partner with the Children’s Place Association to provide African immigrants and refuges with an HIV culturally sensitive health education program that enables participants to take control of their health.
Hajirah Saeed, Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine
Hajirah proposes to develop and implement a violence prevention program within the Loyola hospital system for patients admitted through the Emergence Room or Trauma Center. This project will be in collaboration with Maywood Ceasefire, a local violence prevention organization and will also involve community education on violence prevention.
Shana Salik, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing, Nurse-Midwifery
Shana proposes to initiate group prenatal care and breastfeeding education classes at the Miles Square Health Center. To further assess the health needs of women served by Miles Square Shana will conduct a needs assessment of the community.
Greg Van Hyfte, University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration
Greg will provide relaxation and stress management therapies including guided meditations, visualization, gentle yoga, and deep breathing practices for families/caregivers, clients, and staff at Horizon Hospice, which serves underserved populations. He also plans to help organize other yoga teachers and holistic providers into a network that will help serve clients in health-related community organizations beyond the current program year.
Sara R. Van Koningsveld, Columbia College Chicago, Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling
Sara proposes to initiate therapeutic movement and exercise based groups for refugee women in the Chicago area. Such classes will provide a sense of community for participants, while also promoting mental and physical health. Through group movement sessions, personal empowerment and fitness will be supported.
Taranee Wangsatorntanakhun, Rush University College of Nursing
Taranee will be conducting patient education classes for uninsured residents around the Old Irving Park Free Community Clinic. Her classes will help local residents manage their diabetes and hypertension, and empower them to make educated, informed decisions regarding their health.
Justin Welke, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Dentistry
Justin plans to present oral hygiene instructions and education to underserved children and adolescents in Chicago Public Schools and housing programs. This education will promote proper oral care and better oral health in Chicago’s youth.
Amy Yetasook, Rosalind Franklin University Chicago Medical School
Amy proposes to be a diabetes healthcare educator and will lead health workshops and seminars at a community based clinic for the uninsured and the underserved.
Feng Zhang, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
Feng proposes to expand a program that pairs Northwestern medical students with AVID students from Senn High School who are interested in health science careers. The program encourages high school students to develop their knowledge of health-related topics and provides guidance for a future career in healthcare.
Emma Barton (Columbia College Chicago Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling Department) partnered with 3 different departments of the Lake County Health Department. Emma helped outpatients with mental illnesses increase their communication, relaxation and coping skills to prevent relapses. She also provided breathing and movement therapy to chemically-dependent women in a residential center to help them with stress management and to promote their self-care.
Birtukan Belew (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine) directed a school based intervention teaching nutrition and exercise for overweight children in the Austin neighborhood who are at risk for Type 2 Diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Monika Black (DePaul University Psychology Department) expanded the curriculum for a self-esteem and personal development program for African and Latina youth (ages 12-18) in the Humboldt Park community.
Steven Chen (Rosalind Franklin University Chicago Medical School) provided patient education and primary care enrollment with South Side Health Collaborative at the University of Chicago Hospital Emergency Department.
Merlyn Chua (St. Xavier University, School of Nursing) developed a Drop-In Health and Wellness Service as an outreach program sponsored by the Center for Whole Health, a program of Chicago Lights at Fourth Presbyterian Church for the Elam Davies Social Service Center. She provided health assessments, health screenings, counseling, education and referrals for the homeless guests.
Darla DeWolff (Loyola University Chicago Niehoff School of Nursing) led a Healthy Steps program that promoted use of tools available for identifying developmental delays and social emotional concerns and improving delivery of preventive health at Infant Welfare Society Oak Park-River Forest.
Svenya Elackatt (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing) developed a program to help raise awareness and fight the threat of domestic violence for children and other family members at the Family Shelter Services in Wheaton.
Edward Gometz (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine) provided bilingual child safety, health promotion, and preventive medicine workshops for new parents and secondary caregivers as well as provide basic training in child and infant CPR.
Laura Granros (Chicago School of Professional Psychology) developed an after school program involving mentorship, shared book reading and art activities aimed at increasing social skills and self esteem for elementary students at Rachel Carson Elementary School in Chicago Public Schools District.
Maja Graonic (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy) conducted a Medication Therapy Management program for patients at CommunityHealth, a free clinic for Chicago residents without health insurance.
Sophia Hermann (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine) taught health education to youths at KIPP Ascend Charter School promoting healthy choices.
Shannon Kavanagh (School of the Art Institute of Chicago Program in Art Therapy) restarted a drop-in art group for homeless adolescents at Blue Sky Inn.
John Leahey (Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies, Masters of Public Policy and Administration) partnered with the Healthy Albany Park Coalition to implement a physical recreation program to provide sports equipment and routine exercise groups for underserved families in Albany Park.
Janet Lee (Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine) designed a project at the American Indian Center with the Chicago urban Native American population to provide culturally appropriate information about wellness and health.
Ruth Marshall (DePaul University School of Music, Master of Music (MM) in Cello Performance) taught music after school to students at DuSable High School through a Community Schools Program. She also assisted with other after school offerings.
Jermaine McGill (Rush University Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences) addressed the obesity and diabetes epidemic through diet and nutrition education and community activities at KIPP/Ascend Charter School.
Mansha Mirza (University of Illinois at Chicago Disability Studies) developed and implemented a program to help service providers at World Relief to address access to medical care, social services, and disability resources for refugees with disabilities.
Lora Oswald (University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health) worked at Erie Neighborhood House with a group of health promoters to promote leadership and self-care practices using a “pass it on” model.
Benjamin Preyss (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine) provided coaching and program evaluation with Urban Initiatives, a health and education soccer program that serves underserved communities throughout Chicago.
Kymian Ray (Loyola University Chicago School of Law) worked with high school juniors at Harlan High School to create a magazine focusing on health issues in the students’ school and home communities.
Robert Redwood (Rush University Medical College) taught nutrition classes and conducted home visits with Latino patients at Centro Medico Michael Reese Hospital.
Bindiya Shah (DePaul University Department of Nursing) provided healthcare providers with sexual assault awareness education.
Christine Shaw (Adler School of Professional Psychology) partnered with the Chicago Women’s Health Center to provide group and individual therapy for women who have experienced incest or repeated sexual trauma.
Angelina Shigeura (Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine) worked to increase access to healthcare resources and awareness of health issues facing the immigrant, undocumented and uninsured residents in Pilsen.
Mark Stoltenberg (Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine) inaugurated a patient advocate program involving Loyola medical students and Maywood residents.
Stephanie Toth (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine) Stephanie partnered with the Chicago Fire Department to provide ambulance patients with information regarding their immediate care needs or with more individualized information regarding a non-ambulatory health care concern. She also focused on increasing patients’ access to care following their stay in the Emergency Room.
Jennifer Tsang (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine) promoted healthier food choices for people who are homeless on the Night Ministry’s Health Outreach Bus by working with individuals and soup kitchens.
Lisa Wangerien (University of Illinois College of Nursing Nurse-Midwifery Program) taught a lay doula program to African American women to improve the health of new mothers and newborns while also providing patient and women’s health education to women waiting for their clinician appointments.
Urszula Winkiewicz (University of Illinois College of Nursing) focused on Intimate Partner Violence prevention through education at a Domestic Violence shelter.
Paraisia Winston (Loyola University Chicago School of Law) Paraisia Winston partnered with Gary Comer Youth Center to spearhead ROCKSTARS, a teen girls mentoring program. ROCKSTARS focused positive conflict resolution and living healthy lifestyles.
Qiana Woodson (DePaul University Department of Nursing) worked in conjunction with CommunityHealth to expand a community-based diabetes education program previously created by a 2007-08 Schweitzer Fellow. The program, “A Touch of Sugar,” seeks to educate at risk communities across Chicago about diabetes prevention and management using a train-the-trainer curriculum.