26 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 North Carolina Schweitzer Fellows―26 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 and doctoral programs, Albert Schweitzer Fellows are committed to service and to tackling complex health needs,” said Barbara Heffner, Program Director of the North Carolina chapter of The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. “It is particularly special that this new class of Albert Schweitzer Fellows has been selected during the 75th anniversary year of the founding of The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. Our mission focuses on 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 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, from a music therapy program for cognitively impaired patients to launching a dental clinic for residents at an addiction treatment center. Fellows come from all academic disciplines – medicine, physical therapy, dentistry, social work, and other allied health fields.
The Fellowship’s approach delivers a lasting impact as our Fellows improve the lives not only of those they are serving directly, but of their circle of family and friends as well. Additionally, two of this year’s 14 service projects are expansions of previous Fellowship initiatives.
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. 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 26 North Carolina Fellows will join approximately 220 other 2015-16 Schweitzer Fellows working at 13 program sites, 12 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 2015-16 North Carolina 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 1994, the North Carolina Albert Schweitzer Fellows Program has supported 371 Schweitzer Fellows in delivering over 55,000 hours of service. 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, 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.
2015-16 North Carolina Albert Schweitzer Fellows
Anna Adams and Mary Lanier Zaytoun, UNC School of Dentistry (BCBSNC Foundation Schweitzer Fellows)
Anna and Mary are establishing individual oral health care protocols for long-term care patients and developing a training program for nursing assistants and oral health care champion staff.
Community Site: Durham VA Medical Center Long Term Care Facility
Kaitlyn Anderson and Mary Bec Keith, ECU School of Dental Medicine
Kaitlyn and Mary will be educating pregnant women about the importance of oral health, training medical students and residents to screen for oral health issues, and provide linkages to the ECU SODM clinic. This project is based upon the UNC Prenatal Oral Health Education Program (pOHP), a 2012-13 Schweitzer project.
Community Site: ECU School of Dental Medicine Clinic and ECU OBGYN Clinic
Ashley Appiagyei and Celeste Brown, UNC School of Medicine
Ashley and Celeste are developing a healthy lifestyle and self-esteem after school program for at-risk
middle school minority girls.
Community Site: Citizen Schools, Lowe’s Grove Middle School and Neal Middle School
Nick Baker and Sarah Brobeck, UNC School of Dentistry (BCBSNC Foundation Schweitzer Fellows)
Nick and Sarah will be establishing an oral health care clinic to serve WakeBrook patients and incorporate oral health education into patient programming.
Community Site: UNC Health Care WakeBrook Campus
Alex Baumgarten and Hetal Patel, ECU Brody School of Medicine
Alex and Hetal are launching a girls running group and healthy lifestyles after-school program for sixth grade students.
Community Site: Ayden Middle School
Janice Cho and Avani Singh, Wake Forest School of Medicine
Janice and Avani will be developing a creative arts therapy program for at risk middle school girls.
Community Site: Girls Inc.
Rebecca Flint, UNC School of Medicine
Rebecca will be leading diabetes management workshops for Latino patients.
Community Site: Our Lady of Guadalupe Free Clinic
Amanda Gambill and Margaret Pray, UNC School of Medicine
Margo and Amanda will be conducting chronic disease management workshops for diabetic patients.
Community Site: Mountain Area Health Education Center’s Cane Creek Practice
Kaushal Gandhi and Connie Wang, UNC School of Dentistry (BCBSNC Foundation Schweitzer Fellows)
Kaushal and Connie are expanding a 2014-15 Schweitzer project which offers nutrition counseling to diabetic patients at the UNC SOD clinic to include pharmacy counseling.
Community Site: UNC School of Dentistry Clinic
Daniel Goltz and Kelly Murphy, Duke School of Medicine
Daniel and Kelly will be expanding upon a Music and Memory pilot which develops a personalized music therapy program for patients with cognitive impairment.
Community Site: Eno Pointe Assisted Living Center
Morgan Hardy and Jerry Lee, Duke School of Medicine
Morgan and Jerry will be expanding a pilot hotspotting program by creating medical student volunteer teams to assist clinic patients with linkages to social services and health education.
Community Site: Duke Outpatient Clinic
Rita Kuwahara, UNC School of Medicine
Rita will be expanding a pilot hotspotting program by creating interdisciplinary teams of student volunteers to assist clinic patients with linkages to social services and health education.
Community Site: UNC Internal Medicine Clinic
Arianne Morrison and Rachel Skains, Wake Forest School of Medicine
Arianne and Rachel are conducting a health education program and support group for end stage renal disease patients during dialysis.
Community Site: Wake Forest Dialysis Centers
Elizabeth Rossitch and Haily Vora, ECU Brody School of Medicine
Elizabeth and Haily will be conducting Matter of Balance classes for older adults.
Community Site: Pitt County Council on Aging