*** Read a press release announcing the selection of the 2014-15 Los Angeles Schweitzer Fellows here.***


Founded in 2007 thanks to a generous start-up grant from Kaiser Permanente of Southern California, the Los Angeles Schweitzer Fellows Program is 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 Los Angeles—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 Los Angeles area.

To read more about what being a Schweitzer Fellow in Los Angeles entails and to find out how to apply, please visit our application page. Click here to download an informational one-pager about the Los Angeles Schweitzer Fellows program, which is funded entirely by charitable donations and grants. Make a gift, make a difference!


Since 2007, more than 30 Schweitzer Fellows have provided over 6,000 hours of service to Los Angeles’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 an outreach-based syringe exchange program for homeless injection drug users in Los Angeles
• Launching Los Angeles’s first micro-health clinic for post-incarcerated female youth
• Developing a program addressing diabetes and obesity in at-risk teens and pre-teens
• Creating a case management intervention that improves delivery of medical and mental health care to low-income and uninsured patients
• Implementing Asian Pacific American Health Collaboration Access Resource and Education (APA Health Care) to provide vulnerable populations with screenings for obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and Hepatitis B

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.

December 29, 2015
7 Albert Schweitzer Fellows Launch HIV-Related Health Programs

December 17, 2015
Teaching tech skills to Latino patients to help them better manage their health

September 23, 2015
UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business announces selection of Fellow Tiffany Cho

June 11, 2015
ASF blog post: “Healing from abuse through yoga

May 14, 2015
Top Trojans of 2015

June 23, 2014
Ostrow Student Receives 2014-2015 Schweitzer Fellowship

June 20, 2014
Introducing the 2014-2015 Schweitzer Fellows

May 29, 2014
What Do You Get When You Combine Medicine and Wilderness With High School Students?

April 12, 2013
Schweitzer Fellows Help Boost LGBT Health Via Sex Education

March 27, 2013
In Los Angeles, helping gay and bisexual men achieve sexual health

Feb. 28, 2013
In Los Angeles, Teaching Teen Parents the Skills They Need To Succeed

Oct. 3, 2012
Smoking Cessation: An Rx for Health

May 31, 2012

April 18, 2012
Three USC Students Awarded Schweitzer Fellowships for Community Outreach (bottom of page 1)

May 19, 2011
Combating Hepatitis B Within LA’s Immigrant Community 


“Before the fellowship, I largely focused my academic pursuits and service efforts towards global health issues and patient communities in the developing world. However, serving one of Los Angeles’s most neglected and vulnerable patient populations and growing up in a city with the country’s largest homeless population, I realized that many of the sociopolitical, economic, cultural, and historical inequities that arise in impoverished countries also are realities in my very own backyard.” –Schweitzer Fellow Sonya Soni, Los Angeles

“The Schweitzer Fellowship is an excellent way for students in professional school to really explore ways in which they can work with the community.  It allows students to build skills needed to plan projects because it is good to have a lot of passion, but even better to be able to put that passion into work that can be beneficial to others.” – Schweitzer Fellow Henry Guan, Los Angeles


John K. Su, MD, MPH, Program Director
Los Angeles Schweitzer Fellows Program
Kaiser Permanente
Family and Sports Medicine
4950 Sunset Blvd, 4th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90027
T: 323.783.5818

Rebecca Bravo, Program Coordinator
Los Angeles Schweitzer Fellows Program
T:  909.223.6148