*** Read a press release announcing the selection of the 2015-16 Columbus-Athens Schweitzer Fellows here. ***
Launched in September 2010 and hosted by The Ohio State University College of Medicine, the Columbus-Athens Schweitzer Fellows Program is a growing consortium currently comprised of 11 Colleges of the campus of The Ohio State University, two Colleges on the Ohio University campus in Athens, and one private institution, Trinity Lutheran Seminary. In addition, two of Columbus’ largest medical centers, OhioHealth and Nationwide Children’s Hospital are full partners. The consortium model fuels the Columbus-Athens ASF program with prospective Fellows, board member expertise, and funding.
Schweitzer projects in Columbus and Athens address not only clinical health issues, but also the social determinants of health—defined by the World Health Organization as the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age, and which are mostly responsible for health and social inequities. In our first two years, 31 Columbus-Athens Fellows dedicated over 7,500 hours of service to urban and rural underserved in Central and Southeast Ohio. They have met health-related needs of adults with disabilities, Somali immigrants, at-risk youth, the elderly, the LBGT community, those experiencing homelessness, as well other marginalized groups.
Download a one-pager about the Columbus-Athens Schweitzer Fellows Program here.
To read more about what being a Schweitzer Fellow in Columbus and Athens entails and to find out how to apply, please visit our application page.
“My experience as a Fellow has been life changing. I initially anticipated a small side project, playing with children, and having fun. All of this did occur, but in addition, I learned more than I expected from these children. I learned patience, time-management, and the ability to let go of complete control. I also learned new methods by which to deliver these important healthy messages to young children. I am excited to continue to work with children and find new ways to keep them active and healthy. “
— Brooke Starkoff, Fellow for Life
The Columbus-Athens Schweitzer Fellows Program is funded entirely by charitable donations and grants. Make a gift, make a difference!
Columbus-Athens Schweitzer Fellows Program
The Ohio State University
College of Medicine
Meiling Hall 056
370 West 9th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210