Founded in 1999 through the initiative of Dr. Robert Lawrence and Lee Bone, RN, MPH, at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Baltimore Schweitzer Fellows Program is currently hosted at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. It is a partnership program with the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University that provides graduate students in health and human service schools (including the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, Social Work, Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Law) with a unique leadership development and community service opportunity.
Since the program’s inception, Schweitzer Fellows in Baltimore—competitively chosen from health-focused graduate student applicants in a variety of fields—have worked tirelessly to address health disparities and the social determinants of health throughout the greater Baltimore area.
To read more about what being a Schweitzer Fellow in Baltimore entails and to find out how to apply, please visit our application information page. The Baltimore Schweitzer Fellows Program is funded entirely by charitable donations and grants. Make a gift, make a difference!
Since 1999, more than 225 Schweitzer Fellows have provided over 45,000 hours of service to Baltimore’s most vulnerable communities. Partnering with area community-based organizations, these Fellows have addressed a wide variety of unmet health needs by creating and carrying out yearlong projects with direct service at their core. Examples include the following initiatives:
• Developing an after-school program incorporating a range of activities including one-on-one tutoring, gardening, sports and fitness instruction.
• Working to provide birth companion support to pregnant youth in the juvenile justice system in Baltimore City.
• Partnering with Civic Environmental Leadership Program to heighten environmental awareness amongst at-risk youth in Baltimore.
Please see Fellows and Projects for a complete listing of Fellows’ service projects, which are made possible by our generous sponsors. When Fellows’ initial year of service ends, they carry their commitment to meeting the health needs of underserved people forward as members of the Schweitzer Fellows for Life alumni network, now more than 2,000 strong.
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“While striving to become the best dental student and eventually the best dentist you can be, it’s not hard to lose sight of why you wanted to become a dentist in the first place… Serving in the community quickly became a priority to me thanks to the Fellowship and will continue to be one even after the Fellowship has ended.”
– Schweitzer Fellow Danielle Kyes Herschler, Baltimore
“When I left that afternoon after our session, I knew that I had taught all of those kids in the room something about nutrition and diet and not just one person in the room. This I found extremely rewarding.” – Schweitzer Fellow Aparna Ramseshan, Baltimore
“Every week as volunteers we were rewarded with questions and comments that demonstrated an understanding and absorption of the knowledge we were providing. The enthusiasm with which the students received us let us know that they were taking away from these lessons as much as we were.” – Schweitzer Fellow Elizabeth Kawa, Baltimore
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