The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) today announced the selection of its 2014-15 class of North Carolina Albert Schweitzer Fellows — 29 graduate students who will spend the next year learning to effectively address the social factors that impact health, and developing lifelong leadership skills. In doing so, they will follow the example set by famed physician-humanitarian Albert Schweitzer, for whom their Fellowship is named.
“Schweitzer Fellowships change lives, both of the individual Fellows as well as those of the many vulnerable community members they serve through their Fellowship projects,” said Barbara Heffner, Program Director of the Schweitzer Fellowship program of North Carolina. “Our Fellows learn to lead and innovate as they tackle complex health needs—skills they will use again and again throughout their professional careers. Meanwhile, their project participants learn information, skills, and behaviors that will assist them in leading healthier lives.”
Schweitzer Fellows develop and implement service projects that address the root causes of health disparities in under-resourced communities, while also fulfilling their academic responsibilities. Each project is implemented in collaboration with a community-based health and/or social service organization. This year’s Fellows will address an array of health issues affecting a range of populations, including a school wide anti-bullying campaign which helps students become advocates to an oral health education program geared toward disabled adults and their caregivers. Fellows come from all academic disciplines—medicine, occupational therapy, dentistry, social work, and other allied health fields. Three of this year’s 17 service projects are expansions of previous Fellowship initiatives.
“These Schweitzer Fellows are living Dr. Albert Schweitzer’s legacy of reverence for life,” said Executive Director Sylvia Stevens-Edouard. “Their Fellowship year will leave them well-prepared to successfully face the challenges of serving vulnerable and underserved populations, whose health and medical needs are many and varied.”
The 29 North Carolina Fellows will join approximately 220 other 2014-15 Schweitzer Fellows working at 12 program sites, 11 in the US and one in Lambaréné, Gabon at the site of The Albert Schweitzer Hospital, founded by Dr. Schweitzer in 1913. Upon completion of their Fellowship year, the 2014-15 North Carolina Albert Schweitzer Fellows will become Schweitzer Fellows for Life and join a vibrant network of nearly 3,000 Schweitzer alumni who are skilled in, and committed to, addressing the health needs of underserved people throughout their careers. Fellows for Life routinely report that ASF is integral to sustaining their commitment to serving people in need.
Since 1994, the North Carolina Albert Schweitzer Fellows Program has supported 391 Schweitzer Fellows. The North Carolina Albert Schweitzer Fellows Program has been funded through the generosity of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation, Duke University School of Medicine, ECU Brody School of Medicine, Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, North Carolina Central University School of Graduate Studies, Pitt County Memorial Hospital University Health Systems of Eastern NC, UNC School of Medicine, Wake Forest University Health Sciences, Winston-Salem State University School of Health Sciences, and many individual donors.
2014-15 North Carolina Albert Schweitzer Fellows
Omar Abdel-Baky and Christopher Walker, UNC School of Dentistry (BCBSNC Foundation Schweitzer Fellows)
Omar and Christopher are partnering with UNC nutrition students to provide health education to diabetic patients during their oral care visits.
Community Site: UNC School of Dentistry and Gillings School of Global Public Health
Christana Ajewole and Mia Marshall, ECU Brody School of Medicine
Christana and Mia are providing an after school healthy lifestyles and self-esteem program for teens.
Community Site: Building Hope Community Center
Tomesia Barnes, NCCU Social Work
Tomesia will be implementing an anti-bullying school wide campaign and working with students to become advocates.
Community Site: WG Pearson Elementary School
Eleni Boukas and Mackenzie Hatfield, UNC School of Dentistry (BCBSNC Foundation Schweitzer Fellows)
Eleni and Mackenzie are conducting an oral health education program for disabled adults and their caregivers at group homes.
Community Site: Residential Services Incorporated
William Bradford and Stacy Marshall, Wake Forest School of Medicine
William and Stacy are providing workshop series regarding healthy cooking on a budget.
Community Site: Brenner Fit and Exchange/SCAN for the Prevention of Child Abuse
Lauren Brown and Hugh Quach, ECU Brody School of Medicine
Lauren and Hugh are conducting a nutrition and healthy lifestyles after school program for middle school students that incorporates a parental component. This is an expansion of a 2010-11 Schweitzer project.
Community Site: Little Willie Center
Amanda Cadena and Asha Thomas, WSSU Occupational Therapy
Amanda and Asha are conducting an E-Health Literacy program focusing on prenatal health education and women’s health.
Community Site: Forsyth County Infant Mortality Reduction Coalition and WSSU Rams Mobile Van
Arthika Chandramohan, Duke School of Medicine
Arthika will be performing health education for diabetic patients, incorporating diabetic retinopathy screening into general exams, and providing links to care.
Community Site: Lincoln Community Health Center and Project Access
Laura Cone and Stephanie Kiser, UNC School of Medicine (BCBSNC Foundation Schweitzer Fellows)
Laura and Stephanie are conducting chronic disease workshops focusing on management of diabetes and hypertension for clinic patients.
Community Site: Health Action Coalition (SHAC): Free Student-Run Clinic
Trevor Dickey and Stephanie Ngo, Duke School of Medicine
Stephanie and Trevor are expanding the Refugee Health Initiative (RHI) specifically to reach Durham families. RHI provides home visits and links to resources for newly arrived refugee and immigrant families.
Community Site: Student Action Health Coalition Outreach and Church World Services
Mark Herring and Michael Brandon Landreth, ECU School of Dental Medicine (BCBSNC Foundation Schweitzer Fellows)
Michael and Mark are providing oral health education for elementary age students and linking to oral health services.
Community Site: County Healthcare – Greene Dental Services and Greene County Public Schools
M. Gentry Lasater and Veronica Matthews, UNC School of Dentistry (BCBSNC Foundation Schweitzer Fellows)
Gentry and Veronica are expanding the UNC Prenatal Oral Health Program (pOHP) to include local OBGYN clinics. This is an expansion of a 2012-13 Schweitzer project.
Community Site: UNC School of Dentistry Clinic, UNC OBGYN Clinic and local OBGYN clinics
Kate Magee, UNC School of Medicine
Kate is conducting a nutrition education and physical activities for residents of the Oak Creek Village apartments, which is primarily a refugee and immigrant population. This is an expansion of a 2012-13 Schweitzer project.
Community Site: Samaritan Health Center
Karan Pandya, Wake Forest School of Medicine
Karan is launching a Wake chapter of Relay for Life and supporting cancer survivors.
Community Site: American Cancer’s Society Relay For Life
Brittany Papworth and Rivers Woodward, UNC School of Medicine
Brittany and Rivers are working to encourage high school students to consider a health profession as a career path.
Community Site: Mitchell and Mountain Heritage High Schools
Chelsea Privette, NCCU Communication Disorders
Chelsea is providing communications skills education for minority teens.
Community Site: Holton Career and Resource Center
William Runge and Vishavpreet “Ricky” Singh, UNC School of Medicine
Vishavpreet and William are conducting science program with a space related theme to teach a healthy lifestyles curriculum for at risk 8th grade students.
Community Site: Culbreth Middle School and the Morehead Planetarium