May 5, 2014
SIU Student Receives National Public Health Award
Daniel Sadowski, a graduating senior at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine has received the 2014 Excellence in Public Health Award from the U.S. Public Health Service Physician Professional Advisory Committee. The award was presented by Julie Chodacki, Psy.D., commander, U.S. Health Service, at the SIU day of service for Enos Park neighborhood in Springfield on May 2.
The award recognizes medical students who have demonstrated a commitment to public health and public health service. “Dan's outreach work and today's service day represent the goals of the U.S. Public Health Service: health promotion, disease prevention, and the improvement of health conditions,” said Chodacki.
Sadowski’s community service activities include leading the SIU student effort with the Springfield Collaborative for Active Child Health, which works to address the problems of childhood overweight and obesity, and a student-run community health clinic for homeless and underserved residents. He also served as a mentor for an underprivileged elementary school.
Sadowski is the son of John and Victoria Sadowski of LaSalle, and is married to Kristie (Carlson) Sadowski. He is a graduate of LaSalle Peru Township High School (2004), Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, cell and molecular biology (2008), and University of Oslo in Oslo, Norway, where he earned a Master of Public Health (2010).
Established in 1970, SIU School of Medicine’s mission is to assist the people of central and southern Illinois in meeting their health care needs through education, patient care, research and service to the community.