Two Dorchester residents were recently highlighted by the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for their dedication to their communities.
Hieu Tieu, a unit coordinator and patient care technician at the Longwood-based medical center, and Jinghe Niu, a research assistant, were named 2013 Community Health Fellows, according to a release from the organization.
Tieu was highlighted for her volunteer work at the Uphams Corner Elder Service Plan, a non-profit that focuses on low-income elders with chronic care needs.
The award to Tieu included a $1,000 grant to the organization to support training programs.
“I am very excited to receive this grant because the organization has no other funding for training materials,” Tieu said in a statement provided by Beth Israel.
Niu was selected for her work with the American Chinese Medical Exchange Society, a Burlington-based program that connects community-based Asian American healthcare providers and patients.
The $1,000 grant awarded to Niu will be used to support a number of the society’s initiatives, including a free medical consultation and screening event at the Boston Dragon Festival.
“I appreciate BIDMC and its leaders for trusting me and encouraging me to continue to do my best,” Niu said in a statement provided by Beth Israel.
Founded in 2012, the Community Health Fellows program seeks to support Beth Israel staff members in their volunteer efforts with non-profits.
“We realized that many, many of our employees are doing amazing volunteer work, so getting behind them just made so much sense. It really feels like a natural extension of the community work the hospital does and an important part of our mission,” Jane Matlaw, director of community relations for the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, said in a statement.