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Fellows for Life Seed Grants

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With support from the AMA Foundation, the Chicago Schweitzer Fellows Program offers seed grants to Fellows for Life who are interested in beginning, sustaining and/or building on innovative community projects that help underserved Chicago communities.

Grants are provided in amounts up to $2000 to Fellows for Life and their partners.  Eligible projects address a community need over a 1-year time period and include the involvement or collaboration of a medical student, physician or physician organization.  Projects should also promote interdisciplinary collaboration.

Request for Proposals (RFPs) will be released each December and May via the Fellows for Life email listserve.

Chicago Schweitzer Fellowship Announces the 2014 Seed Grant Recipients:
AMA Foundation Funds Will Support Programs in Vulnerable Chicago Communities
by Schweitzer Fellowship Alumni

The 2014 seeds grants recipients include:
  • $3,000 to Chastity Owens, MSW (2007-08 Fellow for Life) and Ben Preyss, MD (2008-09 Fellow for Life) have been to continue growing a violence prevention/peer mediation program for predominantly African American high school teens in the Auburn Gresham community.
  • $2,000 to Jenna Heffron, MOT, OTR/L (2013-14 Fellow for Life, partnering with Kristi Kirschner, MD) to create a disability awareness curriculum for elementary and health professional students.
  • $2,000 to Rajesh Parikh, MD, MPH (1996-97 Fellow for Life) to create a nutritional booklet & log that is culturally-tailored for South Asians to help patients effectively self-manage their chronic diseases.
  •  $3,000 to Jamila M. Trimuel, who is partnering with Renee Matthews, MD, to continue working with Ladies of Virtue, an organization that works with low income girls age 10-18 on a peer-led program teaching the development of healthier lifestyles and leadership skills.
  • $3,000 to Greg Van Hyfte and Kohar Jones, MD, who partnered with the Chicago Family Health Center to expand its Community Yoga program. The project will serve clients of the Chicago Family Health Center and the Community Health clinic. 
  • $2,000 to Emilee Lamorena,  who is partnering with medical student Corissa Dionisio, will be working with the Gilda’s Club Chicago, expanding a teen cancer support group in CPS high schools.
The RFP is now open for our January 2015 seed grant cycle. The deadline for this cycle is January 15, 2015. Application information can be found here.