The Alabama Schweitzer Chapter was founded in 2015 and joins a national network of Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Chapters across the United States. ASF Chapters are dedicated to improving the health of vulnerable people by developing a corps of emerging professionals who enter the workforce with the skills and commitment necessary to address unmet health needs.
In the spring of 2016, the first class of Alabama Schweitzer Fellows will be competitively chosen from student applicants in a variety of graduate programs. Applicants come from traditional health-focused graduate programs such as medicine, nursing, dentistry, and public health, as well as other disciplines including education, social work, law, and the arts. The Schweitzer Fellowship year expands a student’s educational experience and provides opportunites to gain firsthand knowledge and skills rarely found in traditional professional health training.
While continuing their graduate studies, Schweitzer Fellows design and implement community-based prevention and intervention projects that address chronic health problems, as well as the social determinants of health, such as poverty, the environment, and education. Schweitzer projects encompass everything from the physical environment where people live, to promoting early childhood literacy and parent engagement, to encouraging healthy exercise and nutrition habits, to launching and staffing community health centers and clinics.
To read more about what being a Schweitzer Fellow in Alabama entails and to find out how to apply, please visit our application information page. The Alabama Schweitzer Fellows Program is funded entirely by charitable donations and grants. Make a gift, make a difference!
Alabama Chapter in the News
February 1, 2017
ASF blog post: “Helping patients navigate an increasingly complex healthcare system”
UAB School of Medicine Annual Report 2014/2015 (story about Alabama Schweitzer chapter on page 7)
October, 2016 issue of University of Alabama Medicine Magazine
“Connecting the Dots: Service learning takes medical training out of the classroom and into the community”
October 24, 2016
ASF blog post: “Schweitzer Fellow for Life cautions against “overreach” in delivering Housing First for people who are homeless”
October 4, 2016
ASF blog post: “I learned to stay on my toes”
August 25, 2016
ASF blog post: “Promoting wellness in Alabama”
April 18, 2016
“Law student named Schweitzer Fellow”
April 7, 2016
“Celebrating student success in residency match, service learning”
March 29, 2016
“Isbell among inaugural class of Alabama Schweitzer Fellows”
March 25, 2016
“Dowla is recipient of Albert Schweitzer Fellowship”
March 24, 2016
“Dr. Stefan Kertesz and the Alabama Schweitzer Fellows Program”
Kristin R. Boggs
Office of Service Learning
The University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Medicine
VH 226, 1670 University Blvd
Birmingham, AL 35294-0019