UIC Schweitzer fellows want to make the world a better place
Nine graduate students in the health sciences will work to make the world a better place next year as Albert Schweitzer fellows.
The students — from the School of Public Health, Jane Addams College of Social Work and the colleges of Nursing, Medicine, Dentistry and Applied Health Sciences — will work with Chicago-area community organizations to develop service projects that address health disparities in under-resourced communities.
The students, their projects and community groups are:
• Actress Bartlett, social work, American Friends Service Committee: SoBu (Social Business) Artist Project with college interns mentoring high school and middle school students to create and sell mosaic art, silk screen T-shirts and bags
• Darshana Bhattacharyya, medicine, Thresholds Young Mothers Project: bimonthly workshops on well-being, self-empowerment and disease management for young mothers and families affected by severe mental illness
• Nisha Garg, dentistry, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center: oral health classes for veterans
• Megan Gordon, nursing, Christopher House: childbirth education for pregnant teens for better birth outcomes
• Rachel Gottfredsen Gage, nursing, YMCA of Metro Chicago: health education classes for aging adults
• Elizabeth Harrison, occupational therapy, Heartland Alliance: community group for LGBT refugees and those who have come to the U.S. seeking asylum
• Iqra Mushtaq, public health, Heartland International Health Centers: heart disease risk-reduction workshops for refugee and immigrant South Asian women
• Hannah Riley, social work and public health, Health Justice Project: creating healthy homes for low-income tenants, avoiding environmental health dangers such as lead poisoning, mold and infestations
• Sarah Wagener, public health, Storycatchers Theatre Changing Voices: helping formerly incarcerated adolescents learn positive decisionmaking through musical theater writing and performing.