THE ALBERT SCHWEITZER FELLOWSHIP – HOUSTON-GALVESTON
Launched in 2008 as a collaboration of area academic institutions and community-based agencies, The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship – Houston Galveston selects and supports local medical and graduate students to carry on Dr. Schweitzer’s legacy by addressing the unmet health needs of vulnerable and marginal populations. ASFHG is a community-based, mentored, direct service, multidisciplinary, leadership development program that works to improve the health and well-being of underserved communities across Greater Houston and Galveston. ASFHG has four overall goals:
- Develop Leaders in Service who are educated, experienced, and committed to addressing unmet health needs;
- Improve community health by providing direct service to individuals and strengthening the capacity of community-based organizations;
- Expand educational opportunities in partnering schools while raising awareness of the needs of underserved communities; and
- Maintain a growing and vibrant community of Schweitzer Fellowship alumni (Fellows for Life) committed to lives of service.
To read more about what being a Houston-Galveston Schweitzer Fellow entails and to find out how to apply, please visit our application page. Click here to download an informational one-pager about the Houston-Galveston Schweitzer Fellows program, which is funded entirely by charitable donations and grants. Make a gift, make a difference!
Since 2008, over 60 Schweitzer Fellows have provided over 10,000 hours of service to Houston and Galveston’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:
- Educate and promote oral health in the low-income elderly population at the Houston Housing Authority apartments
- Provide homeless, young families and potential mothers and fathers with resources and information to ensure overall well-being of the parents and child starting from pregnancy through childhood
- Implementing an Art and Wellness Program designed to target Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) and obesity prevention in elementary and middle school students
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.
HOUSTON-GALVESTON SCHWEITZER FELLOWS IN THE NEWS
May, 2014 Student Inter-Council Newsletter of the University of Texas (scroll to page 8)
April 4, 2013 In Houston, Empowering Refugees To Navigate the Healthcare System
May 10, 2012 Savage Named Schweitzer Fellow
May 8, 2012 Le and Pettitt Announced as Schweitzer Fellows
May 23, 2012 Baylor Students Help More Get HIV Follow-Up Care
OUR FELLOWS SPEAK
“Overall, the Schweitzer fellowship has been instrumental in giving me an incredibly rich and informative experience in doing community work. I have emerged from the fellowship feeling more confident and prepared to continue working with similar communities in the future.”
―Schweitzer Fellow Matthew Mullane, Houston-Galveston
“Our project has quickly become a very integral part of my medical school experience. While my medical school experience focuses on science, diagnoses, and treatments, working with SUFK has helped shed light on perhaps the most overlooked aspect of medicine: a failure to take into account the social and psychological aspects of our patients.”
―Schwetzer Fellow Sarah Michael, Houston-Galveston
“This Fellowship has been one of the most challenging yet rewarding things I’ve done in my life. I can’t say that I did everything right, and I can’t say that everything went as planned, but when my students were eager to see me, when they laughed and had fun playing, and when they took what they learned in my class and applied it to their lives, I realized that I was actually making a difference, and it made the struggles worth it.”
―Schweitzer Fellow Amber Higgs, Houston-Galveston
“One of the most meaningful things this experience has taught me is the importance of persistence. As a fresh new Schweitzer scholar, I had plenty of ideas that looked fantastic on paper. However, as we started to meet resistance in making the initial contact with organizations, we realized that transitioning our ideas into action required a collaborative effort.”
―Schweitzer Fellow Iroguel Igbinosa, Houston-Galveston
The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship – Houston Galveston relies entirely on grants and charitable contributions from people like you to fulfill our mission of addressing health disparities by developing Leaders in Service.
Since opening our doors in 2008, ASFHG Fellows have proven to be leaders in service and examples for their peers. Sixty-one Fellows have completed the Houston Galveston Fellowship giving more than 13,000 hours to the community and serving countless numbers of the region’s most vulnerable men, women, and children.
These Fellows are Dr. Albert Schweitzer’s living legacy. Help them improve the health of vulnerable communities with your tax-deductible donation.
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Albert Schweitzer Fellowship – Houston Galveston
3701 Kirby Dr. Suite 600, Houston, TX 77098
Gabrielle Morrissey Hansen, Ph.D
Houston Schweitzer Fellows Program
Baylor College of Medicine
3701 Kirby Drive, Ste. 600
Houston, Texas 77098
T: 713-798-1045 F: 713-798-7940