*** Read a press release announcing the selection of the 2014-15 Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellows here.***
The Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellows Program was founded in 1997. Since the program’s inception, Schweitzer Fellows in Pittsburgh—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 Pittsburgh area.
To read more about what being a Schweitzer Fellow in Pittsburgh entails and to find out how to apply, please visit our application page. Click here to download an informational one-pager about the Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellows program, which is funded entirely by charitable donations and grants. Make a gift, make a difference!
Since 1997, over 200 Schweitzer Fellows have provided over 44,500 hours of service to Pittsburgh’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:
• Setting up permanent TB and Hepatitis B screening programs for homeless and jobless adults
• Educating parents and caregivers of special need children on oral health preventative measures
• Establishing an OB/GYN clinic that provides both preventative and acute reproductive care services for underserved women
• Training a network of community health liaisons for Pittsburgh’s Burmese refugee population
• Providing culturally competent legal counsel and referrals to Pittsburgh’s Hispanic community
• Coordinating care for inmates with mental health and substance abuse issues
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.
PITTSBURGH SCHWEITZER FELLOWS IN THE NEWS
March 21, 2013 In Pittsburgh, Strengthening Body, Mind, and Spirit
June 13, 2012 Kiser First Schweitzer Fellow From WVU
Dec. 26, 2011 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette features Environmental Schweitzer Fellow Samantha Teixeira
OUR FELLOWS SPEAK
“I think that it is important on so many levels to show that health professional students are willing to give their time and establish a pattern of behavior that includes community service before receiving a professional degree”. –Schweitzer Fellow Andrea Goldin, Pittsburgh
“[The Fellowship] has changed the way I view myself as a future dentist; it has broadened my knowledge about the lack of access that many people in my community experience on a daily basis; it has expanded my network of relationships in the healthcare sphere; and it has allowed me to grow, develop, and learn from my amazing peers in the other health disciplines. I honestly feel like Pittsburgh might possibly be better from our year of service, but that we, as Fellows, are forever changed.” –Schweitzer Fellow Elizabeth Cole, Pittsburgh
“During this Fellowship, the biggest learning point I will take with me is the benefit from working in an interdisciplinary team. I have learned so much about how to provide care for underserved communities and about healthcare and the community in general from the interdisciplinary fellows and guest speakers with whom I have come into contact during the year. Together we can do so much more that if we try to work alone … working together can produce synergies that improve public health even further.” –Schweitzer Fellow Steven Zona, Pittsburgh
Joan Haley, Program Director
Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellows Program
5614 Elgin Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
T: 412-363-0185 x-26 F: 412-363-5084