THE ALBERT SCHWEITZER FELLOWSHIP – HOUSTON-GALVESTON
*** Read a press release announcing the selection of the 2013-14 Houston-Galveston Schweitzer Fellows here.***
Launched in 2008, the Houston-Galveston Schweitzer Fellows Program was initiated by Healthcare for the Homeless—Houston and is a collaboration of area academic institutions and non-profit service agencies. Hosted at Baylor College of Medicine, it is one of thirteen Schweitzer program sites across the U.S. dedicated to developing a pipeline 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 the greater Houston and Galveston area—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 region.
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
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
“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
Jennifer Cook, Program Director
Houston Schweitzer Fellows Program
Baylor College of Medicine
3701 Kirby Drive, Ste. 600
Houston, Texas 77098
T: 713-798-1045 F: 713-798-7940