To download a PDF version of this press release that includes a full listing of the newly-selected 2012-13 Schweitzer Fellows, click here.
With next year marking the centennial celebration of Dr. Albert Schweitzerâs iconic hospital in Africa, The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) is thrilled to announce the selection of its 2012-13 Schweitzer Fellows.
These 243 multidisciplinary graduate students at 12 ASF program sites throughout the U.S.
will spend the next year learning to effectively address the social
factors that impact health, developing lifelong leadership skills, and
living the famous physician-humanitarianâs message of service.
âThe Schweitzer Fellowship simultaneously promotes Schweitzerâs
legacy and addresses a critical gap in todayâs health care landscape by
equipping emerging professionals with the tools to address not only
clinical health issues, but also the social determinants of health,â
says ASF President Lachlan Forrow, MD, Director of Ethics and Palliative
Care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.
Earlier this year, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation reported that
although 85 percent of primary care physicians and pediatricians say
their patients have health concerns caused by unmet social factors, only
20 percent of health professionals feel equipped to help their
underserved patients actually address those social
factorsâincluding low incomes, environmentally unsafe housing, and lack
of access to healthy foods, mental health care services, and educational
âEstablished in 1992, our U.S. Schweitzer Fellows Program is a
two-pronged means of addressing that gap,â Forrow says. âFellows deliver
immediate impact on the root causes of health inequities by
partnering with area community-based organizations to carry out
mentored, entrepreneurial, yearlong service projects on issues like
early childhood literacy, obesity, and access to health care. But the
Fellowshipâs leadership development programming also helps them to
contextualize this experienceâdelivering lasting impact by
developing health professionals with the capacity and cultural
competence to address social factors on an ongoing and effective basis
throughout their careers.â
Upon completion of their initial year, these 2012-13 Fellows will become Schweitzer Fellows for Lifeâand
join a vibrant network of over 2,500 Schweitzer alumni who are skilled
in, and committed to, addressing the health needs of underserved people
throughout their careers as professionals. 99 percent of Fellows for
Life say that ASF is integral to sustaining their ongoing commitment to
serving underserved people.
âNearly 100 years ago, Schweitzer dedicated his life to serving
others,â Forrow says. âThese Fellows carry his torch forward. They are
his living legacy.â
A full listing of this yearâs Schweitzer
Fellows and their schools, organized by location, is available in the PDF version of this press release (click here to download) — with the exception of the 2012-13 New Orleans Schweitzer
Fellows, who will be announced in September. Detailed
information on each Fellow and his/her Schweitzer project will be available
- Bay Area
- Greater Philadelphia
- Los Angeles
- New Hampshire-Vermont
- North Carolina
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