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THE COLUMBUS-ATHENS SCHWEITZER FELLOWS PROGRAM
*** Read a press release announcing the selection of the 2013-14 Columbus-Athens Schweitzer Fellows here.***
For nearly two decades, U.S. Schweitzer Fellows—competitively chosen from graduate student applicants in a variety of fields—have worked tirelessly to address health disparities and the social determinants of health in their communities. From launching LA’s first micro-health clinic for post-incarcerated female youth to empowering senior citizens with the tools to combat elder abuse, more than 2,000 Schweitzer Fellows have delivered over 400,000 hours of service—and they’ve carried the skills they sharpened and the lessons they learned forward into their professional careers as Schweitzer Fellows for Life (program alumni).
Now, emerging professionals in Columbus and Athens, Ohio have the opportunity to do the same.
Launched in September 2010 with major funding from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation and hosted by The Ohio State University College of Medicine, the Columbus-Athens Schweitzer Fellows Program is one of thirteen U.S. Schweitzer program sites working to address health disparities by developing Leaders in Service.
The Columbus-Athens Schweitzer Fellows Program is now working with its second class of multidisciplinary Schweitzer Fellows—each of whom will partner with a local community-based organization to create and carry out a yearlong direct service project that addresses an unmet health need.
Download a one-pager about the Columbus-Athens Schweitzer Fellows Program here.
In Columbus and Athens, as at ASF’s 12 other U.S. program sites, the kaleidoscopic array of Fellows’ Schweitzer projects focus on health in a broad sense, reflecting the disparate perspectives brought to them by students from a wide range of disciplines.
Rooted in this holistic understanding of health, Schweitzer projects in Columbus and Athens address not only clinical health issues, but also the social determinants of health—defined by the World Health Organization as the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age, and which are mostly responsible for health and social inequities. Accordingly, Schweitzer projects in Columbus and Athens focus on everything from improving the physical environment where people live, to promoting early-childhood literacy and parent engagement, to encouraging healthy exercise and nutrition habits, to launching and staffing community health centers and clinics.
Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation, a number of Schweitzer Fellows in Columbus and/or Athens are incorporating the 5-2-1-0 Healthy Kids Countdown, an initiative of The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation aimed at addressing childhood obesity, into their Schweitzer projects.
To read more about what being a Schweitzer Fellow in Columbus and Athens entails and to find out how to apply, please visit our application page.
The Columbus-Athens Schweitzer Fellows Program is funded entirely by charitable donations and grants. Make a gift, make a difference!
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