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UIC dental student to serve veterans as Schweitzer fellow

July 13, 2015 The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry announced June 25 that student Nisha Garg will spend a year working to address barriers that affect the health of military veterans as a 2015 Albert Schweitzer Fellow.

Ms. Garg said the fellowship program gives her “the opportunity to design a yearlong community service project that catered towards an underserved population of my choosing.”

Her goal is to provide oral hygiene information to military veterans who are ineligible for dental health care.

Named after famed physician-humanitarian Albert Schweitzer, Schweitzer Fellows work to address barriers facing underserved communities and develop lifelong leadership skills as they tackle complex health needs — skills they will use throughout their professional careers, said Ray Wang, program director of the Schweitzer Fellowship program of Chicago.

“Nisha joins a distinguished group of prior students from the college that have received this honor and have participated in the rich experiences the fellowship offers,” said Dr. Caswell Evans, associate dean for Prevention and Public Health Sciences.

Through seminars that she plans to host at the Jesse Brown Veterans Administration Medical Center, Ms. Garg hopes to serve as a resource for veterans deemed ineligible for VA dental care.

“My seminars will provide information on how to properly maintain oral hygiene, along with how oral health directly relates to the health of the entire body,” Ms. Garg said.

For information about the Schweitzer Fellowships, call 1-312-372-4292, ext. 24.