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Student Health Leaders

Applications for the 2023 Student Health Leaders Program closed on January 13th, 2023.


The Center for Food Allergy & Asthma Research (CFAAR) hosts the Student Health Leaders program for 100 Chicago Public High School students. 

The program consists of four weekend workshops with a goal of helping students become empowered health advocates who educate their peers on issues seen in their school and greater neighborhood communities.  

Throughout the program, students from various CPS schools will select a health topic they are passionate about and create an innovative solution that can directly help their community. Students will participate in a poster presentation on the last day of the program and present their ideas to their peers and our CFAAR community.  

This year’s dates:  

  • Workshop 1: Saturday, January 21st, 2023 
  • Workshop 2: Sunday, January 22nd, 2023 
  • Workshop 3: Saturday, January 28th, 2023 
  • Workshop 4: Saturday, February 4th, 2023 

Students are encouraged to select whatever health or community topic they are passionate about! Examples of topics previous students selected include:  

  • Food Allergy 
  • Asthma 
  • Nutrition 
  • Anti-Violence 
  • Substance Use 
  • Mental Health 
  • Sleep 
  • LGBTQIA+ Topics 
  • Sexual Health
  • Cancer   

This program gives students the opportunity to meet and work with peers from all over the city, innovative solutions on topics they believe are the most relevant to high school students, practice personal goal setting, and gain exposure to different professional careers within public health and medicine.  

Participants will hear from a variety of clinical and public health students and professionals who can help answer questions and share advice on their journeys. Students will also receive guidance on personal life goals and all the different paths they can take to help their communities grow.  



To learn more about the 2020 program and view all of the students' projects, please visit: 

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