Founded in 1994, the North Carolina 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.
Lead by longtime Program Chair, Dr. Trisha White (1984 Lambaréné Schweitzer Fellow) and supported by several generous funders, Schweitzer Fellows in North Carolina—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 across the state.
To read more about what being a Schweitzer Fellow in North Carolina entails and to find out how to apply, please visit our application information page. Click Here to download an informational one-pager about the North Carolina Schweitzer Fellows program, which is funded entirely by charitable donations and grants. Make a gift, make a difference!
Nearly 425 Schweitzer Fellows have provided over 59,000 hours of service to North Carolina’s most vulnerable communities. These Fellows have addressed a wide variety of health needs through sustainable projects with direct service at their core. Examples include the following initiatives:
- Interdisciplinary programs at UNC and ECU helping pregnant women receiving care at the university OB-GYN clinic to establish a dental home at the university dental clinic.
- Student care teams at Duke and UNC are improving care of patients with complex medical and social needs helping them navigate health systems and take ownership of their health.
- A cognitive and behavior health program for patients with Alzheimers led by Wake Forest medical students.
- Communication enrichment services for vulnerable preschool children provided by NCCU Speech Therapy students.
- An ESL and mentoring program for Spanish speaking mothers and literacy services for their children launched by ECU medical students and sustained by a university interest group.
Please see Fellows and Projects for a complete listing of Fellows’ service projects, which are made possible by our generous sponsors. To learn more about how Schweitzer project continue to impact vulnerable populations beyond the initial Fellowship year, go to Sustainability Initiative. 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 3,500 strong.
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October 20, 2016
“HANDS-ON HEALTH: Schweitzer Fellows address community’s health needs”
April 1, 2016
“Three NCCU Students Named Albert Schweitzer Fellows”
December 15, 2015
“NC Fellows overcome obstacles in launching dental clinic”
November 23, 2015
Carolinas HealthCare System CEO Report
November 12, 2015
“Addressing Disparities: Schweitzer Fellows serve others, gain leadership skills”
North Carolina Schweitzer Fellows Program
Post Office Box 1636
Davidson, NC 28036