The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) today announced the selection of its 2016-2017 class of San Francisco Schweitzer Fellows. Fifteen graduate students 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.
“We are extremely proud of our incoming class of Schweitzer Fellows, and we are excited to see what our talented students accomplish over the next 12 months,” said Dale Ogar, Director of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. “Our program is making a lasting impact on the health of communities in and around the Bay Area as our Fellows first learn to serve and support vulnerable people in living healthier lives, and then take those skills with them when they establish themselves professionally as leaders in their field.”
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. The San Francisco Bay Area Schweitzer program’s 2016-2017 Fellows will address an array of health issues affecting a range of populations, from children living with rheumatoid arthritis and other auto-immune disorders to adults living with diabetes to those who are struggling with homelessness.
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.
The San Francisco Bay Area Fellows will join approximately 240 other 2016-2017 Schweitzer Fellows working at program sites around the United States, 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 2016-2017 San Francisco Bay Area Schweitzer Fellows will become Schweitzer Fellows for Life and join a vibrant network of more than 3,200 Schweitzer alumni who are skilled in, and committed to, addressing the health needs of underserved people throughout their careers.
Nationally, some of ASF’s Fellows for Life include Rishi Manchanda, MD, author of the TED book The Upstream Doctors: Medical Innovators Track Sickness To Its Source; Jessica Lahey, JD, author of the new bestseller The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn To Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed, and who writes regularly about education and parenting issues for the New York Times and The Atlantic; and Robert Satcher, Jr., MD, PhD, assistant professor, Anderson Cancer Center and NASA mission specialist. Additionally, three Schweitzer Fellows for Life were among those who deployed to West Africa to fight the Ebola outbreak: Meredith Dixon, MD, who is a CDC epidemic intelligence service officer; Nahid Bhadelia, MD, director of infection control at Boston’s National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory and a hospital epidemiologist at Boston Medical Center; and William Fischer II, MD, a pulmonologist and critical care physician at University of North Carolina Health Care and UNC School of Medicine.
There are 14 U.S.-based Schweitzer programs. The others are in Alabama; Boston; Chicago; Columbus-Athens, Oh.; Dallas-Fort Worth; Houston; Los Angeles; New Orleans; New Hampshire/Vermont; North Carolina; Pittsburgh; and Tulsa. Additionally, ASF also has a program chapter based in Lambaréné, Gabon, at The Albert Schweitzer Hospital.
2016-2017 SF Bay Area Schweitzer Fellows
SAMUEL MERRITT UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF NURSING
Phyllis Carroll plans to provide sexual health education for formerly homeless senior citizens.
Community Sites: ECS Canon Kip Senior Center, Curry Senior Center, SF Senior Center, Veterans Equity Center
Cinthia Lazo will be working with children who have rheumatoid arthritis and other auto-immune disorders.
Community Site: The Arthritis Foundation
Roshan Uranwala will develop an outreach team to provide in-home follow-up visits in the Mission District.
Community Site: Clínica Martín Baró
Helen Woldai and Rahwa Haile are addressing the reproductive needs of Black women in the East Bay.
Community Sites: West and East Oakland Health Centers
SAMUEL MERRITT UNIVERSITY, SCHOOL OF PODIATRIC MEDICINE
Ashmi Patel will provide podiatric care to patients with diabetes.
Community Site: Rota Care Clinic in Richmond
SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Hana Shirriel will provide nutrition and cooking classes for clients of a food pantry in West Oakland.
Community Site: LifeLong Medical Care: West Oakland Middle School
STANFORD UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
Jane Cho will provide legal remedies for low income and culturally disadvantaged people.
Community Sites: Medical Legal Partnership at Bay Area Legal Aid and San Francisco General Hospital
STANFORD UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
Jessica Pullen will address food insecurity at schools in Santa Clara County.
Community Site: Second Harvest Food Bank
Mackensie Yore will work to expand the Help Desk Model now used at Stanford Hospital to improve patient care at Valley Medical Center.
Community Site: Emergency Department at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN FRANCISCO, SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY
Irene Louie will be working with children who have developmental disabilities.
Community Site: Support for Families of Children with Disabilities
Ivy Vuong will focus on oral health and nutrition for low income, underserved youth.
Community Site: FacesSF
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN FRANCISCO, SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
Ashley Bach will be working on early childhood development of children in low income and homeless families.
Community Site: Homeless Prenatal Project, San Francisco CA
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN FRANCISCO, SCHOOL OF PHARMACY
Troy Santos will address smoking cessation and heart health in the Pilipino community.
Community Site: Mabuhay Health Center
Mercy Tang will improve the standard of health care for the homeless.
Community Site: UCSF Homeless Clinic