In Vermont, helping premature babies and their families thrive
Schweitzer Fellows for Life Jessie Evangelista and Janet Trang created a program pairing families with a baby in neonatal intensive care with a family that had successfully brought home a baby after a stay in neonatal intensive care. Evangelista and Trang, both students at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, partnered with theFletcher Allen Health Center for their project. Evangelista shared some of what she learned through the experience with Beyond Boulders.
Raising awareness about HPV among the LGBT community in Central Ohio
Schweitzer Fellow for Life James R. Carter, MPH, a doctoral student at The Ohio State University College of Social Work, realized that there was little awareness of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) among the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender population. HPV is the most common sexually-transmitted infection and it impacts both men and women. While not everyone who is infected with HPV gets ill, those who do get ill can experience quite serious symptoms ranging from genital warts to certain cancers. The more he learned about HPV, the more Carter wanted to make raising awareness of the infection the focus of his Schweitzer Fellow Project.
In North Carolina, implementing a brain fitness program for those living with Alzheimer’s
Schweitzer Fellows for Life Henry Gerard Colmer and Bryan Neth are medical students at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Last year, partnering with both the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and the Alzheimer's Association, they created an eight- to 10-week cognitive and behavioral program for people living with Alzheimer’s disease.
In Ohio, introducing kids to triathlon
Schweitzer Fellow Brooke Starkoff, a graduate student at Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology, partnered with the YMCA of Central Ohio to make routine exercise fun for kids. Although nearly none of her students had heard of the sport of triathlon—races that see competitors swimming, biking, and running in one race—before Brooke introduced them to it, they were all “incredibly excited” to train for an indoor race.
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