Thursday, May 1, 2008

SXU School of Nursing Graduate student awarded Schweitzer Fellowship

Merlyn Chua to develop health outreach program

Chicago (May 1, 2008) Saint Xavier University nursing student Merlyn Chua recently was awarded a Schweitzer Fellowship to conduct an innovative health care program for an underserved community.

Named in honor of Nobel Peace Laureate Dr. Albert Schweitzer, the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program encourages students in health professions and related fields to “make their lives their argument” by serving the most vulnerable members of society.

Chua, a resident of Chicago’s Near South Side neighborhood, will develop a drop-in Health and Wellness Service as an outreach program sponsored by the Center for Whole Health, a program of Chicago Lights at Fourth Presbyterian Church for the Elam Davies Social Service Center. She will provide health assessments, health screenings, counseling, education and referrals for homeless guests.

“Merlyn’s commitment to serving the less fortunate truly exemplifies Saint Xavier University’s mission and core values,” said SXU School of Nursing Interim Dean Kay Thurn, Psy.D., R.N.

Chua is the second student from St. Xavier University to have received a Schweitzer Fellowship during the past two years.


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