The Detroit Schweitzer Chapter was founded in 2016 to join 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 2017, the first class of Detroit Schweitzer Fellows will be competitively chosen from student applicants from a wide range of Detroit-area graduate and professional degree 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 opportunities to gain firsthand knowledge and skills about innovative project design, leadership, and community health rarely found in traditional professional health training.
While continuing their graduate studies, Schweitzer Fellows design and implement community-based projects that address health disparities in Detroit, 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 Detroit entails and to find out how to apply, please visit our application information page. The Detroit Schweitzer Fellows Program is funded entirely by charitable donations and grants. Make a gift, make a difference!