The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) today announced the selection of its 2015-16 class of San Francisco Bay Area Albert Schweitzer Fellows―17 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 Dale Ogar, Program Director of the San Francisco Bay Area Schweitzer Fellowship program. “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 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 oral health awareness and medication adherence among low-income elders; connecting young immigrants with health care providers; and HIV awareness among those most vulnerable to infection.
“These Schweitzer Fellows are the next generation of leaders in the health care field and allied disciplines,” Dr. John Swartzberg, Chair of the Bay Area Schweitzer Fellows Corporate Board. “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 17 San Francisco Bay Area Fellows will join approximately 220 other 2015-16 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 2015-16 San Francisco Bay Area 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 2007, over 100 Schweitzer Fellows have provided more than 20.000 hours of service to the Bay Area’s most vulnerable communities. Partnering with nearly 90 community-based organizations in six Bay Area counties, these Fellows have addressed a wide variety of unmet health needs by creating and carrying out yearlong projects with direct service at their core. The Bay Area Schweitzer Fellows Program is funded through the generosity of the California Health Care Foundation, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford; Stanford University School of Medicine, the University of California at Berkeley Schools of Public Health and Optometry; the University of California at San Francisco Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry and Pharmacy; Samuel Merritt University; Touro University, California; the Clorox Corporation’s employee match program, and many individual donors.
2015-16 San Francisco Bay Area Schweitzer Fellows
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN FRANCISCO
Lauren Frisch and Adam Wandell, University of California, San Francisco – School of Dentistry
Frisch and Wandell are partnering with the Health and Environmental Resource Center to provide periodontal screenings, education and referrals for residents of the Bay View Hunters Point District of San Francisco who have chronic lung disease.
Jenny Garcia, University of California, San Francisco – School of Dentistry
Garcia is working with the WIC Eastmont Mall to provide oral health education classes to caregivers of children age five and younger in East Oakland.
Hengameh Jannati, University of California, San Francisco – School of Dentistry
Jannati is carrying out dental oral screenings and providing education on oral hygiene techniques for blind and visually impaired individuals in San Francisco in partnership with San Francisco Lighthouse for the Blind.
Ruby Lin, University of California, San Francisco – School of Medicine
Lin is working with Chinese Community Clinics, San Francisco to encourage medication adherence in patients with hypertension in the Excelsior District of San Francisco.
Lisa White, University of California, San Francisco – School of Medicine
White is training a group of female inmates at San Francisco County Jail to become health ambassadors and peer counselors for other inmates in the facility.
Ashley King and Katie Reeves, University of California, San Francisco – School of Nursing
King and Reeves are working with Larkin Street Youth Services to promote the prevention and treatment of mental illness among youth in San Fr.
Vanessa Puschendorf, University of California, San Francisco – School of Nursing
Puschendorf is working with Alliance Academy to provide a mindfulness program for adolescents in East Oakland to help them learn techniques for coping with stressful situations.
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY
Shirley Chan University of California, Berkeley – UCB/UCSF Joint Medical Program
Chan is developing a health navigators program to address specific health issues of concern to the senior community living in Strawberry Creek Lodge.
SAMUEL MERRITT UNIVERSITY
Jennifer Lee and Amy Stevenson, Samuel Merritt University – School of Nursing
Lee and Stevenson are working with Episcopal Community Services to address nutritional deficits in formerly homeless, low-income residents of SROs in the Tenderloin in San Francisco.
Gunsagar Gulati, Stanford University – School of Medicine
Gulati is partnering with Santa Clara Health Center, Milpitas to carry out a primary care education and health-coaching program for patients at the Valley Health Center Milpitas.
Jecca Steinberg, Stanford University – School of Medicine
Jecca is addressing inadequate school readiness among pediatric patients under age five at Fair Oaks Clinic in Redwood City.
Paula Trepman, Stanford University – School of Medicine
Trepman is partnering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula to cultivate healthy lifestyle habits in elementary school students and provide an outlet for stress reduction through dance and nutrition education.
TOURO UNIVERSITY, CALIFORNIA
Martha Benitez and Tyler Fleming, Touro University, California – Schools of Public Health and Osteopathic Medicine
Benitez and Fleming are working in partnership with La Clínica de la Raza, Vallejo to increase colorectal cancer screening through outreach, education and distribution of screening kits.