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IL: CCP Student Awarded Prestigious Schweitzer Fellowship

August 17, 2016

by Office of Communications

Jenny Lin

Midwestern University student Jenny Lin has been selected for the nationally recognized Schweitzer Fellowship, a program for graduate students who aspire to become lifelong leaders in community service.  Ms. Lin, a second-year pharmacy student at Midwestern University's Chicago College of Pharmacy (CCP), joins 31 exceptional graduate students from Chicago-area universities who will design and implement innovative community-based projects to address the health needs of underserved Chicagoans.

For her project, Ms. Lin will work with the Midwest Asian Health Association center in Chicago's Chinatown neighborhood to improve the participants' physical and mental well-beings through a series of exercise and educational sessions focused on disease prevention and healthy lifestyle modifications. "Many members of the Chinese American immigrant population of Chicago's Chinatown district work long hours as cooks, servers, or as seamstresses, trying to make ends meet with little time dedicated towards a healthy diet and exercise. My project will seek to educate this growing Asian community on the importance of an active, healthy lifestyle through exercise and dietary changes," Ms. Lin said.

Named in honor of humanitarian and Nobel laureate Albert Schweitzer, the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program encourages students to "make their lives their argument" by helping address unmet health needs among vulnerable Chicago residents.  In collaboration with existing clinics, schools, social service agencies, and other community organizations, each Schweitzer Fellow provides 200 hours of direct service, separate from and in addition to their already demanding academic and clinical requirements.

As a new Schweitzer Fellow, Ms. Lin joins the more than 550 Chicago program alumni who have provided over 110,000 hours of community service over the course of the program's 20-year history.  

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