The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) is now accepting Schweitzer Leadership Award nominations for 2013.
Launched last year, the regional Schweitzer Leadership Awards recognize individuals local to ASF’s 14 Schweitzer Fellows program locations
whose life examples have significantly mitigated the social
determinants of health in their communities, and whose commitments to
service have influenced and inspired others.
To submit a nomination, send an e-mail to the Schweitzer program director in your region (click here for contact info)
with the subject âLeadership Award Nomination.â In the body of the
e-mail, include your contact information, the contact information of
your nominee, and an answer to the question:
Why is your nominee an ideal candidate for the Schweitzer
Leadership Award? Please describe the ways in which your nominee has
mitigated the social determinants of health in his/her community, and
the ways in which his/her commitment to service has influenced and
inspired others. (Maximum Word Count: 500)
Only individuals who live and/or work in the regions where ASF has
program locations (Baltimore, MD; San Francisco Bay Area, CA;
Boston/Worcester, MA; Chicago, IL; Columbus/Athens, OH; Greater
Philadelphia Area, PA/NJ; Indiana; Los Angeles, CA; New
Hampshire/Vermont; New Orleans, LA; North Carolina; and Pittsburgh, PA*)
are eligible for nomination and selection.
The award bears the name of Nobel Peace Laureate Dr. Albert Schweitzer, a pioneering physician-humanitarian who was one of the 20th centuryâs most admired global citizens.
Last yearâs Schweitzer Leadership Award honorees included John McDonough, DPH, MPA (former
Massachusetts State Representative and former Executive Director of
Health Care for All; now Director of the Center for Public Health
Leadership at Harvard School of Public Health), Marjory Pizzuti (President
and CEO of Goodwill Columbus, one of the largest nonprofit health and
human services organizations in Franklin County, Ohio), and George L. Spaeth, MD (Founder
and President of the Glaucoma Service Foundation to Prevent Blindness
and Louis J. Esposito Research Professor at the Wills Eye Institute).
Each year, approximately 250 multidisciplinary graduate student
Schweitzer Fellows throughout the U.S. partner with community-based
organizations to develop and implement yearlong, mentored service
projects that sustainably address the social determinants of health
(including poverty, the environment, and education). That service
experienceâcoupled with ASF’s reflective leadership development
programmingâequips Fellows with the confidence and skill to address not
just the clinical health needs of underserved people, but also the
underlying social factors.
The Schweitzer Leadership Award will be presented at each
participating Schweitzer locationâs Celebration of Service (the event
marking the culmination of the Fellowship year).
Exact details will vary by location, but in general, the Award package will include:
- The opportunity to deliver a brief keynote speech at the Celebration of Service;
- Special recognition at ASFâs annual national conference (to be held in Boston on Nov. 1-2, 2013).
- A physical Schweitzer Leadership Award plaque/trophy;
- A day of service at the recipientâs chosen nonprofit/charity organized by the local 2013-14class of Schweitzer Fellows; and
- Coverage across ASFâs communications platforms.
Click here for a full list of Schweitzer Leadership Award honorees.
*Schweitzer Leadership Award participation may vary by program location. Questions should be directed to local program directors.