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Newly appointed Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health Bechara Choucair, MD will be the next featured speaker in the Schweitzer Fellows for Life “Leadership by Example” lecture series.

Now in its third year, the series — which is run by the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program — invites exemplary individuals to talk about their lives of public service, with a special focus on leaders who promote the well-being and empowerment of vulnerable and marginalized populations.

The June 10 event with Dr. Choucair will be held at Northwestern University’s Medical School, Hughes Auditorium, 303 E. Superior Street, at 6:00 pm. RSVP by e-mailing rsvp@hmprg.org or calling 312 372-4292 ext. 24. Space is limited and spots are going quickly, so please RSVP early for this in-demand event.

As commissioner, Dr. Choucair leads the charge in fulfilling the department’s mission to make Chicago a safer and healthier city by working with community partners to promote health, prevent disease, reduce environmental hazards and ensure access to health care.

Before being appointed Health Commissioner, Dr. Choucair served as Executive Director and Medical Director of Heartland International Health Center, a federally qualified health center on Chicago’s north side that provides services for the underserved in Rogers Park, Edgewater, Uptown, Albany Park, and Lincoln Square.

Dr. Choucair also provided clinical leadership to the Health Care for Homeless program, as well as the HIV program at Heartland Alliance. He is also a member of the faculty at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where he serves as Vice Chair for Community Medicine and oversees the Poverty Medicine Collaborative between Heartland Alliance and the Northwestern Medical School.

Click here to download a flyer with more information on Dr. Choucair and the June 10 lecture.

Also, a reminder about an exciting giving opportunity for our Chicago program: an anonymous funder has awarded the program a 2-year matching grant — meaning that every new dollar the program receives will be matched up to $25,000!

Some rules and regulations apply — so our Chicago Program has created a special form to explain them. View the details here. (The Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program is administered by Health and Medicine Policy Research Group, a Chicago nonprofit that focuses on health care access of the working poor and uninsured.)


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