Two AHS students named Schweitzer Fellows

Of the nine UIC students awarded Schweitzer fellowships, a service learning program for health professional students committed to helping Chicago’s underserved, two are AHS students.

DS doctoral student Yue Xu will create an educational program for Chinese immigrant caregivers of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities called “Planning for Better Physical and Mental Health of the Whole Family.” This intervention will provide education on service planning and provide resources and peer support for family caregivers.

OTD student Andrea LeFlore will partner with Facing Forward to End Homelessness to empower women with disabilities as change agents through the development of targeted programs and interventions that address issues specific to this population.

Named in honor of humanitarian and Nobel Laureate Dr. Albert Schweitzer, the fellowship encourages exceptional students in health and human service fields to serve the most vulnerable members of society, including the uninsured, immigrants, the homeless, returning veterans, minorities and the working poor. The UIC students will each design and implement year-long projects to improve health and access to care.

Each Schweitzer Fellow will receive a $2,500 honorarium and will launch a community-based project in collaboration with existing community organizations to provide 200 hours of service.