Founded in 1992, the Boston Chapter is the oldest of the Schweitzer program sites located across the U.S. dedicated to developing a corps of emerging professionals who enter the workforce with the skills and commitment necessary to address unmet health needs.
Since the program’s inception, Schweitzer Fellows in Boston—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 Boston and Worcester areas.
To read more about what being a Schweitzer Fellow in Boston entails and to find out how to apply, please visit our application information page. Click here to download an informational one-pager about the Boston Schweitzer Fellows program, which is funded entirely by charitable donations and grants. Make a gift, make a difference!
Since 1992, nearly 500 Schweitzer Fellows have provided over 90,000 hours of service to Boston and Worcester’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:
- Establishing a long-term community-based effort to reduce morbidity and mortality related to chronic kidney disease in Boston’s Asian and Pacific Islander populations
- Developing a homelessness prevention program for at-risk individuals with mental illness
- Launching a free health clinic that delivers culturally competent care to Worcester’s African immigrants
- Increasing community participation in social and service networks for LGBT elders
- Creating a curriculum for adults with developmental disabilities who have been diagnosed with diabetes
- Addressing the obesity epidemic by providing nutritional counseling and physical activity programs for underserved children
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.
Boston Schweitzer Fellows in the News
April 19, 2016
“UMass Boston Grad Student Named to El Planeta’s Power Under 30 List”
December 16, 2015
“Working with homeless women teaches student valuable lessons”
Our Fellows Speak
“The fellows, monthly presenters, staff and Schweitzer himself were a consistent reminder of why I want to go in to medicine. I enter the discipline of medicine knowing that I want to act not only as a provider of individual acute care and treatment, but as an advocate for community health and social justice at the most fundamental levels.” – Schweitzer Fellow Jesse Roberts, Boston
“My experience as a Schweitzer Fellow has been absolutely priceless … finding a group of my peers who are so dedicated both to their careers and to community service was incredibly inspiring and uplifting for me. I am so grateful to have been a part of their lives, a part of the Schweitzer Fellowship, and to be able to continue as a Fellow for Life.” –Schweitzer Fellow Emily Morrison, Boston
Karen A. Spiller Program Director
Boston Schweitzer Fellows Program
330 Brookline Ave. (BR) (Mailing Address)
109 Brookline Ave. (Office Location)
Boston, MA 02215
T: (617) 667-1526
F: (617) 667-7989