30 Graduate Students Will Spend Next Year Improving Community Health and Developing Lifelong Leadership Skills
The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) today announced the selection of its 2015-16 class of New Hampshire/Vermont Schweitzer Fellows―30 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.
“Despite the demands of graduate programs, Albert Schweitzer Fellows are committed to service and to tackling complex health needs,” said Nancy Gabriel, Program Director of the New Hampshire/Vermont chapter of The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. “It is particularly special that this new class of Fellows has been selected during the 75th anniversary year of the founding of The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. Our program is dedicated to improving the health of communities by preparing health and human service professionals to serve and empower vulnerable people to live healthier lives. We’re very excited to see what these Fellows are able to accomplish not just over the next year, but in the years to come as they establish themselves professionally.”
Schweitzer Fellows develop and implement service projects that address the root causes of health inequities 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 home-based program for new mothers to prevent post-partum depression, a mental and physical health program for seniors, a professional development program providing public speaking and debate training for inmates incarcerated in Vermont, a legal assistance program for veterans, and an education program aimed at supporting caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease. Fellows come from a range of academic disciplines—law, medicine, physical therapy, dentistry, pharmacy, and other allied health fields.
The Fellowship’s approach delivers a lasting impact as our Fellows improve the lives of those they are serving directly, and share the lessons with friends and family that they learn from the populations they are serving.
Schweitzer Fellowships have an intensive leadership component, so that Fellows can go on to inspire others to improve the health of those who experience barriers to care and resources. Fellows work under the close guidance of community and academic mentors during their fellowship year.
“These Schweitzer Fellows are the next generation of leaders in the health care field and allied disciplines,” said Sylvia Stevens-Edouard, Executive Director of The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. “Their Fellowship year will help prepare them to successfully face the difficult task of eliminating health inequities and ensure that underserved people have access to quality, comprehensive health care.”
The 30 New Hampshire/Vermont Fellows will join approximately 220 other 2015-16 Schweitzer Fellows working at other program sites around the country, as well as 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 2015-16 New Hampshire/Vermont Schweitzer Fellows will become Schweitzer Fellows for Life and join a vibrant network of more than 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 1996, the New Hampshire/Vermont Schweitzer Fellows Program has supported more than 450 Schweitzer Fellows in delivering more than 70,000 hours of service. The program is funded entirely through charitable donations and grants. Sponsors of the New Hampshire/Vermont Schweitzer Fellowship Program include the Byrne Foundation, the Children’s Fund of the Upper Valley, the Couch Family Foundation, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, the Emily Landecker Foundation, Grafton County Medical Society, Lintilhac Foundation, Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth, University of New Hampshire School of Law, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Vermont Law School. More information is available at www.schweitzerfellowship.org/chapters/nhvt/.
2015-16 NH/VT Schweitzer Fellows
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Brendin Beaulieu-Jones, Ana Rodriguez-Villa, Geisel School of Medicine
Working with Junior High and High School age youth in the Upper Valley, Brendin and Ana will promote the health and advocacy of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transsexual, and Questioning (LGBTQ) community. They will develop a curriculum to better prepare medical students to provide appropriate and supportive care to the LGBTQ community.
Community Site: TBD
Nayrana Carneiro, Alexander Soto-Edwards, Geisel School of Medicine
Nayrana and Alexander will expand primary care services at the Upper Valley Haven; increasing the population served, implementing Electronic Health Records, and expanding to other shelters.
Community Site: Good Neighbor Health Clinic and Upper Valley Haven
Ahra Cho, Claire Hogue, Geisel School of Medicine
Ahra and Claire will design a targeted health education curriculum for middle school students focused on substance abuse and mental and physical health. They will create the “DartHealth Education Corps (DHEC)” to deliver a series of workshops in partnership with local schools.
Community site: Hartford, Lebanon, Claremont and Mascoma Public Schools
Ashley Hamel, Sumitha Raman, Geisel School of Medicine
Working with Good Beginnings, Ashley and Sumitha will develop education and mentoring services for women of reproductive age, working with them to design individualized reproductive health goals, measure their progress and pursue earning their GEDs.
Community Site: Good Beginnings of Claremont, NH
Marvah Hill Pierre-Louis, John Mascari, Geisel School of Medicine
Marvah and John will serve the patients of the Good Neighbor Health Clinic by coordinating the implementation of SBIRT (Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment). They will administer patient screens, conduct motivational interviews, and follow-up on referrals.
Community site: Good Neighbor Health Clinic, White River Junction, NH
Vermont Law School
Jessica Bullock, Vermont Law School
Jessica will work to provide public speaking and debate training programs to inmates incarcerated in Vermont. The SPEAK Prison Debate Initiative’s 6-week debate program utilizes debate as a tool for teaching professional and personal public speaking and presentation skills.
Community Site: Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility
Ana Cimino, Vermont Law School
Ana will provide an advocacy program empowering youth survivors of child abuse and/or witnesses of domestic violence to find their own space to heal and to open a dialogue on healthy relationships through art, dance, community projects, music and other youth projects.
Community Site: TBD
Catlin Davis, Vermont Law School
Catlin will provide in-home support to new mothers in order to prevent postpartum depression. Her project matches new mothers with community volunteers help with basic tasks so the new mom can care for her own needs.
Community Site: Good Beginnings of Central Vermont
Ivy Garlow, Vermont Law School
Working with the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program, Ivy will engage with newly resettled refugees in the state of Vermont. This project will entail developing and presenting cultural integration materials, including basic domestic law information, in refugees’ native languages.
Community Site: Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program
Yaunek Murray, Vermont Law School
Yaunek’s project aims to address physical and mental health needs of seniors and the elderly through low impact fitness and group activities. Methods used will be cardiovascular and stretching exercises, dancing, meditation, and group selected games.
Community Site: Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging
Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth
Juergen Buchsteiner, Madeleine Yi, Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College
Juergen and Maddy will help children ages 6 to 9 to develop their interest in engineering and science through the junior FIRST Lego League in area elementary schools.
Community Site: Marion Cross School
UNH School of Law
Lyndsay Robinson, Ashlie Stewart, UNH School of Law
Lyndsay and Ashlie will be working with Legal Boots on the Ground to help kick-start a veterans legal assistance program.
Community Site: Legal Boots on the Ground
Elizabeth Velez, UNH School of Law
Elizabeth will help low-income tenants resolve problems related to payment schedules, rental requirements, and apartment maintenance outside the court system through the creation of a landlord/tenant mediation program.
Community site: Legal Advice and Referral Center, Concord, NH
UVM College of Medicine
Kathryn Anderson, Charlotte Hastings, UVM College of Medicine
Kate and Charlotte will work in coordination with Hunger Free Vermont, the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program, and New American families to address barriers to food/nutrition security that exist within the Burlington, Vermont refugee population.
Community Site: Hunger Free Vermont
Kelley Collier, Brett Powers UVM College of Medicine
Brett and Kelley will create Body Maps with pediatric Cystic Fibrosis patients to create a space for dialogue about the psychosocial components of this chronic disease and lessen the isolation they experience through the creation of individual body maps and an art show displaying them.
Community Site: UVM’s Children’s Hospital, Department of Pediatric Pulmonology, Burlington, VT
Alison Mercier, Emily Forbes-Mobus, UVM College of Medicine
Working with the Vermont Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, Alison and Emily will deliver a series of educational workshops aimed at supporting the wellbeing of the caregiver as well as promoting healthy aging in older adults.
Community Site: Vermont Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association
Susannah Kricker, Astia Roper-Batker, UVM College of Medicine
Susannah and Astia will develop a standardized health literacy training program to prepare UVM students to deliver effective and specific lessons on healthcare topics to Latino migrant dairy farmworkers.
Community Site: Bridges to Health Organization
Emily Ryan, Julia Shatten, UVM College of Medicine
Emily and Julia will assess the needs of underserved pregnant women in Burlington, and connect those who have depression with access to psychotherapy enabling them to forgo anti-depression medication and still receive treatment during pregnancy.
Community Site: Department of Psychology, University of Vermont