Founded in 2007, the New Orleans Chapter 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 founding, Schweitzer Fellows in New Orleans—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 in the greater New Orleans area.
- To read more about what being a Schweitzer Fellow in New Orleans entails and to find out how to apply, please visit our application information page.
- Download an informational one-pager about the New Orleans Schweitzer Fellows program, which is funded entirely by charitable donations and grants.
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Over 80 Schweitzer Fellows have provided over 15,000 hours of service to New Orleans’ most vulnerable communities. Partnering with area community-based organizations, these Fellows have addressed a wide variety of health needs through sustainable projects with direct service at their core. Examples include the following initiatives:
- A program to expand and sustain free clinic services to women receiving substance abuse treatment
- A program addressing prescription drug adherence and abuse in New Orleans’ school-aged children
- An organized soccer and mentoring program addressing childhood obesity for Latino youth
- A comprehensive reproductive health education program for high school students
- Smart Café, a nutritional education program for children in grades K-2, that uses medical student educators to help children make healthy decisions.
Please see Fellows and Projects 2018-19 and Fellows and Projects Previous Years 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 4,000 strong.
New Orleans Schweitzer Fellows In The News
December 14, 2017
“Making nutrition fun again in New Orleans”
September 5, 2017
“Nutrition Is For Everyone”
June 27, 2017
“New Class of New Orleans Albert Schweitzer Fellows Named”
March 16, 2017
“Bringing health to homeless shelters”
January 15, 2017
“UNO Interns Hired After GE Partnership”
January 12, 2017
“Program founded and run by New Orleans Fellows gets $10K grant”
November 29, 2016
“Be concerned about Trump health policies”
September 20, 2016
“Fellows provide healthcare for those newly released from prison”
August 13, 2016
“Doing Double Time: Chronic Diseases a Chronic Problem in Prison”
May 13, 2016
“2016-2017 Class of New Orleans Schweitzer Fellows Named”
February 25, 2016
“Helping unaccompanied minors from Central America adjust to life in the U.S.”
Our Fellows Speak
“I loved the other Schweitzer Fellows, and feel especially proud to be a part of the inaugural class in New Orleans, a city that has so badly needed dedicated, local ‘reinvestment’ of the education and upbringing it provides.” – Schweitzer Fellow Jonathan Howe, New Orleans
“Experiencing barriers in life will always occur. Many will criticize you for whatever reason, and it can quickly discourage one from pursuing their dreams or aspirations. However, I feel that the whole Fellowship experience, from planning, developing, and implementing a project, has allowed me to be more determined, to follow through with commitments, and to persevere through hardships.“ –Schweitzer Fellow Rohini Singh, New Orleans
For more information, please contact:
Chelsey Leruth, MPH
Albert Schweitzer Fellowship- New Orleans