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March 17, 2009

SIU Med Students Receive National Grants for Health Fairs

Medical students at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield have been awarded two national grants to support local health fairs as part of their involvement in Cover the Uninsured Week (CTUW) March 22 - 28.

The grants were awarded by the American Association of Medical Colleges and the American Medical Association to promote greater health care coverage for uninsured Americans as part of local events for Cover the Uninsured Week.  Each grant is for $500.

Health fair events in Springfield are sponsored this month by the CTUW volunteer committee including two during the CTUW week at the SOS Overflow Shelter in partnership with Helping Hands and at Enos Elementary School.  Various screenings, demonstrations and health information will be available.  CTUW volunteers also will participate in a family activities night in April at the YMCA and previously held a health fair at Lindsay School.

Nicole Dunlap, fourth-year student from Champaign, and Shariff Shakir, second-year student from Harrisburg, submitted the grant applications for the medical students. 
Dr. Janet Albers, associate professor of family and community medicine, is chairing the local volunteer committee.

It is estimated that nearly 47 million Americans, more than 15 percent of the population, are without health insurance.   In recognition of the problem, SIU School of Medicine, Memorial Medical Center, St. John’s Hospital and the Sangamon County Medical Society have again joined a national grass-roots campaign.

The campaign is sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  The local web site is www.siumed.edu/news/CTUW09events.html.

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