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Jewel S. Younge


Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy
Clinical Assistant Professor, Clinical Pharmacist, Outpatient Based Clinical Pharmacy Services, University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System

Contact

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840 S. Wood Street, Chicago, IL

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Overview:
Zip code >> Genetic Code. That is the rule in Chicago. For all of its parks, pathways, protected bike lanes, and planning, Chicago remains an untraversable landscape for many of its residents. The implications of that are profound – in terms of class, mobility, and health.

Bringing care to underserved communities starts with putting it in walking distance. My clinical practice site, CommunityHealth, and my current research projects, The Lab Matters, the Older Adult Wellness Program, and Boxville Vitals, lead me to engage some of Chicago’s most vulnerable residents, from far West to far South, representing many language communities, class levels, and age ranges.

Teaching health education in underserved communities requires creativity and spark. Games, arts, and hands-on science/pharmacy activities create ways for practitioners and patients to move beyond the limitations of their existing vocabulary, externalize their preconceptions, and examine clinical concerns without stigma and burden. This approach established The Lab Matters, a hands-on science program for elementary aged kids who ‘hate science.’ It carries through my work with the Older Adult Wellness program, which employs activities and games to teach self-care. Boxville Vitals, a blood pressure and blood sugar testing site located at a SouthSide CTA station, uses nudge theory and a ‘low-stress approach which has resulted in a clinically significant reduction in blood pressures among those served.

Research Interests:
Cultural competency in health care, Medical arts

Teaching Statement:
Taking health education public requires creativity and spark. Games, arts, and hands-on science/pharmacy activities create ways for practitioners and patients to move beyond the limitations of their existing vocabulary, externalize their preconceptions, and examine clinical concerns without stigma and burden. This approach established The Lab Matters, a hands-on science program for elementary aged kids who ‘hate science.’ It carries through my work with the Older Adult Wellness program, which employs activities and games to teach self-care. Boxville Vitals, a blood pressure and blood sugar testing site located at a SouthSide CTA station, uses nudge theory and a ‘low-stress approach which has resulted in a clinically significant reduction in blood pressures among those served. I have been tutoring and teaching since I was a 10-year old camp counselor at Girls Inc on the north side of St. Louis. The first time I taught an adult to read, I was 16 years old. I worked in nurseries and day cares until college. During my first year of college, I joined the America Reads program and became a teaching assistant in Springfield, MA for grades k-3.
I have taught in a myriad of modes. I performed in a children’s theater group called Magical Fairytales on the Go, which brought me into schools and daycares in some of Chicago’s most underserved areas – from the recreation rooms in public housing to little bitty libraries in tiny neighborhood schools. I spent 6 months as a full-time volunteer on a political campaign, which led me into Reno, Nevada high school classrooms to guest lecture on local civics.
While earning a Master’s Degree in Teaching English from Washington University in St. Louis MO, I taught Composition at St. Louis Community College. I student-taught at Kirkwood High School and Central Visual and Performing Arts High School, and led the Writer’s Workshop at Jennings Junior High School. Soon thereafter, I was hired by DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. Later, I accepted a tenure-track position at Olive-Harvey College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago.
While at City Colleges, I founded a Visual and Performing Arts department and led my department through the college’s Higher Learning Commission Accreditation. In addition, I produced 3 full seasons of gallery shows, concerts, dance performances, theatrical shows and playwriting contests. During the City Colleges of Chicago Reinvention, I help to found the Level UP Summer Program, which provided free college preparatory classes for City of Chicago high school students. This program was a great success, eventually expanded to all 7 colleges, and was integrated into the standard programming offered by City Colleges of Chicago, today. I earned my pharmacy school prerequisites at City Colleges of Chicago, as I continued to teach. I remained, serving as a District-Wide Tenure Track Program Team Leader through my second year at UIC COP.

Teaching and Supervision Heading link

Drugs in Society (PHAR 201), 1/10/2022 – 4/29/2022
Spec Project in Pharm Pract (PMPR 390), 1/10/2022 – 4/29/2022
Undergrad Resrch Pharm Pract (PMPR 380), 8/23/2021 – 12/3/2021
Spec Project in Pharm Pract (PMPR 390), 1/13/2020 – 5/1/2020
Spec Project in Pharm Pract (PMPR 390), 1/13/2020 – 5/1/2020
Undergrad Resrch Pharm Pract (PMPR 380), 1/6/2020 – 3/20/2020
Undergrad Resrch Pharm Pract (PMPR 380), 8/26/2019 – 12/6/2019
PMPR 390: Special Projects in Pharmacy Practice (PMPR 390), 1/16/2019 – 5/8/2019

Selected Grants

PRogram to Educate & VaccinatE uNderserved members of The public (PREVENT), Mobile Care Fdn., 12/16/2020 - 6/15/2022, Obligated Amount: $58337; Anticipated Amount: $58337

Collaborative Community Engagement Grant, College of Education’s Office., 11/2019 - Present, No Obligated Amount Set; No Anticipated Amount Set

Senior Wellness Program, White Crane Senior Wellness Program, Rush University and Catholic Charities., 10/1/2017 - 9/30/2024, Obligated Amount: $80000; Anticipated Amount: $80000

Selected Publications

Wu, Anna, Snell, Brittney Nicole, Younge, Jewel Sophia. (2022). Blood pressure reduction as a result of the Boxville Vitals partnership. JACCP JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF CLINICAL PHARMACY. doi:10.1002/jac5.1652.

★ Younge, Jewel, Buford, Annexiea, Garman, Deborah, Pawlik, Sylvia, Snodgrass, Amy, Svete, Mike. (2021). Navigating COVID Road: A Senior’s Guide to Smart Choices. White Crane Wellness Center.

Younge, Jewel Sophia, Choi, Ashley, Rhodie, Zakiya, Maley, Amey. (2020). Impacts of the Dance PAMOJA Challenge on COVID-19 related-outcomes. Journal of the National Medical Association, 112, (5), s14. doi:10.1016/j.jnma.2020.09.030.

★ Han, Jin, Santosh, S, Zhang, Xu, Gowhari, Michel, Molokie, Robert, Hassan, Johara, Alhandalous, Chaher, Younge, Jewel, Abbasi, Taimur, Machado, Roberto, Gordeuk, Victor. (2016). Chronic Opioid Use in Adult Patients with Sickle Cell Disease. American Journal of Hematology, 91, (11), 1102-1106. doi:10.1182/blood.V126.23.3400.3400.

Han, Jin, Saraf, Santosh L, Zhang, Xu, Gowhari, Michel, Molokie, Robert E, Hassan, Joharah, Alhandalous, Chaher, Jain, Shivi, Younge, Jewel, Abbasi, Taimur, Machado, Roberto F, Gordeuk, Victor R. (2016). Patterns of opioid use in sickle cell disease. American Journal of Hematology, 91, (11), 1102-1106. doi:10.1002/ajh.24498.

★ Younge, Jewel Sophia. (2003). Found in the Hidden Passages of Sacred Heart in Manhattan. ENGLISH JOURNAL, 92, (5), 78. doi:10.2307/3650435.

Professional Leadership

White Crane Wellness, Board of Directors, 10/25/2021 - Present

Notable Honors

2022, Pharmily Preceptor of the Year, University of Illinois Chicago College of Pharmacy

2020, Preceptor of the Year, CommunityHealth

2017, Daniel Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship,

2016, W.E. van Doren Scholar,

2015, Urban Health Program Award,

2014, Robert Ireland Scholarship,

2010, Phi Theta Kappa, Olive–Harvey College

Education

Degrees:
Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Illinois at Chicago, United States
MA, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, United States
MA, University of Chicago, United States
BA, Amherst College, United States

Postgraduate Training:
Walmart Pharmacy - Chicago State University Community Pharmacy Post Graduate Year - 1 Residency, Chicago State University, United States, 2018

Licensures and Certifications

Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Board of Pharmacy Specialties, 12/13/2019 - 12/13/2026
Chicago Recovery Alliance, Naloxone Train-the-Trainer Certification, 11/1/2019 - Present
Basic Life Support Certification, American Heart Association, 9/1/2019 - Present
Youth Mental Health First Aid (Ages 12 - 18 yrs), National Council for Behavioral Health, 11/17/2018 - Present
Mental Health First Aid, National Council for Behavioral Health, 10/13/2018 - Present
Point-of-Care Training, National Association of Chain Drug Stores, 9/1/2017 - Present
Pharmacy Based Immunization Delivery, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, 4/1/2016 - Present