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Fellows for Life Seed Grants

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For the past several years, and with generous support from the AMA Foundation, the Chicago Schweitzer Fellows Program has been able to offer seed grants to Fellows for Life interested in beginning, sustaining and/or building on innovative community projects that help underserved Chicago communities. 

2014 and 2015 seed grant recipients include:
  • $1,000 to Connor Williams, MSW (2013-14 Fellow, partnering with Paul Devine Bottone, MD) to collaborate with Care2Prevent to develop a comprehensive medical and behavioral health curriculum for youth on the Southside of Chicago. Curriculum topics will be tailored to young persons living with or vulnerable to HIV infection, LGBTQ youth, and other adolescents experiencing housing instability and/or homelessness.
  • $1,000 to Biswas Pradhan, MSW (2013-14 Fellow, partnering with Geetha Govindarajan, MD) to provide a “Health on Wheels” program focused on increasing healthy lifestyle choices in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, a predominately low income Hispanic community
  • $3,000 to Chastity Owens, MSW (2007-08 Fellow for Life) and Ben Preyss, MD (2008-09 Fellow for Life) 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 (2004-05 Fellow for Life, 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 (2009-10 Fellow for Life) and Kohar Jones, MD (2003 Lambaréné Fellow for Life) , to expand the Community Yoga program at Chicago Family Health Center. The project will serve clients of the Chicago Family Health Center and the Community Health clinic.
  • $2,000 to Emilee Lamorena (2012-13 Fellow for Life), and medical student Corissa Dionisio (2012-13 Fellow for Life) to work with Gilda’s Club Chicagoto expand a teen cancer support group in CPS high schools.