Rush Community Service Initiative Program – Pediatric Red Ribbon Program & RU Caring

The Woman’s Board is dedicated to volunteerism and in such has been sponsoring the Red Ribbon and  RU Caring program for year. The Red Ribbon Program is a mentoring program that pairs Rush students with children impacted by HIV/ADIS at Lurie’s Children’s Hospital. The Rush students spend four to six hours each month with their “little sib”. These interactions have proven to be impactful for the children, helping them with coping mechanisms and socialization.

In addition, the students report that they receive a greater benefit for they grown in how they connect with patients with chronic illnesses and they develop a greater understanding in the life challenges for these patients. The Rush University Caring (RU Caring) Program reaches out to the entire city of Chicago through its annual health fairs. Through the health fairs, the RU Caring program brings traditional services and unique experiences in an effort to address the needs of patients and bring forth a message of prevention.

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