Community Grand Rounds brings Northwestern Medicine to Chicago's West Side
By Kara SpakFor Students January 21, 2014
Lisa Neff, MD, endocrinology, spoke with a group of Westinghouse College Prep students, their parents and community members from Garfield Park about obesity and nutrition, peppering her research-based talk with plenty of accessible tips for healthier living.
Community Grand Rounds is part of the Northwestern Medicine Scholars Program, a unique partnership between the Northwestern Medicine community and students at Westinghouse College Prep. Westinghouse is a Chicago Public Schools Selective Enrollment high school located in Garfield Park.
“The purpose of the Community Grand Rounds is to connect Northwestern Medicine to the community,” said Neff, who is also an assistant professor of medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “It gives physicians from Northwestern the ability to connect with students, parents, teachers and leaders in the community and get feedback from them.”
Stephanie Munoz, a 15-year-old Westinghouse sophomore, brought her mother, boyfriend and younger sister to the event hoping for specific tips on living healthier.
“Everyone says ‘Stay healthy and eat healthy,’” she said. “I’m like what does that mean?”
Cook County Commissioner Robert Steele* and Nikki Harvey, deputy chief of staff for U.S. Congressman Danny Davis (Illinois 7th District), both attended the event to show their support for the ongoing relationship between Northwestern Medicine and Westinghouse College Prep.
“I’m so delighted that Northwestern found a partner school like Westinghouse,” Steele said, adding that this was his second year at the event.
“Let’s keep people healthy,” added Harvey.
Neff said one of the best parts of Community Grand Rounds was the young, attentive audience.
“These are high school students and having students asking insightful questions and getting excited about science and medicine keeps you on your toes,” she said. “It keeps you excited about what you are doing.”