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“I read that four out of five children were not getting the dental care that they need at such a young age, and that really reflects on their overall health,” says Chicago Schweitzer Fellow Justin Welke in this new video (part of the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program‘s Profiles in Service series). “So to come into the community and address this problem that’s going on was very important to me, and it’s very important to the children and their families.”

That’s exactly what Welke did. As a Chicago Schweitzer Fellow, this University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry student worked with day care centers throughout the city to provide  oral health exams and hygiene education. In this video, you’ll see him in action.

Although his project just concluded, Welke is serving as a student mentor for the Chicago Schweitzer Fellows Program’s new class. Additionally, new Chicago Fellow Scott Schwartz — also a UIC dental student — is continuing Justin’s project.

Watch and see why that’s a very good thing.

Now is a great time to support the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program — your donation’s impact will be doubled thanks to a matching grant from an anonymous funder. 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.)