Monday, May 10, 2010

Four Stritch Students Are Prestigious Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Winners

Recipients will spend a year tackling health challenges in the Chicago area

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Four Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine students have been selected for Albert Schweitzer Fellowships, a national honor that helps graduate students dedicate their time and services to helping others.

The four will spend a year creating and overseeing service projects that improve health and access to care in underserved communities in the United States and Africa. The students and their projects are:

* Erin Cavanaugh, who will run family cooking classes at the Maywood Fine Arts Association, an organization that provides high-quality arts instruction at a very low cost to the children of Maywood and surrounding communities. The classes will actively educate the children and adults of Maywood about nutritious meal preparation.

* Matthew Murphy, who will spearhead a program of case referrals and educational programming at the Marjorie-Kovler Center in Chicago, which focuses on helping victims of physical and psychological torture to recover. The project will outreach specifically to French- and Arabic-speaking communities.

* David Murray, who will start a youth night for local junior high school students at St. Eulalia Catholic Church in Maywood. His program will offer organized physical activities, health presentations from medical students and professionals, as well as open gym time.

* Alicia Stapleton, who plans to develop a health and wellness class for Spanish-speaking adults at the PCC Community Wellness Center, which offers community-based health-care services for the medically underserved living on the West Side of Chicago. Her class will include interactive and therapeutic activities.

"Our medical students stand out among the many students in the Chicago area for their commitment to community service and social justice," said Lena Hatchett, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Preventative Medicine and Epidemiology, Stritch. "For example, I was at a meeting with one social service organization and they said, 'We can't get these kids engaged and committed to community service, except for those Loyola students. They are really amazing.'"

Thirty-one students representing 18 different university programs including medicine, nursing, psychology, public health, social work, art therapy, and law were selected for Schweitzer Fellowships this year. The fellowship is named in honor of Dr. Albert Schweitzer, a physician, theologian, musician and humanitarian who in 1952 was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his hospital work in Africa.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.