The 2014 Schweitzer Leadership Conference takes place Saturday, November 8, 2014 at the Waterfront Renaissance Hotel. The Schweitzer Leadership Conference is an opportunity for established and emerging professionals interested in creating healthier communities to learn from leaders who are shaping the way we think about, talk about, and act on health equity, health care, social change, and public policy.
Dr. Irwin Redlener, a noted expert in disaster preparedness and the health effects of disasters on children, will deliver the afternoon plenary address. Dr. Redlener is the president of Children’s Health Fund, which he founded with musician Paul Simon, and the director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. He will also receive the 2014 Albert Schweitzer Award for Humanitarianism for his career-long leadership to improve children’s health at the Schweitzer Leadership Awards Ceremony on Friday, Nov. 7.
“Having spent my career advocating for the needs of underserved and indigent children, I know it’s important to have a strong grasp of the complex mix of social, environmental, and biological determinants of health that impacts this population of kids,” said Dr. Redlener. “The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship is giving the next generation of leaders to tools to continue this difficult, but life-saving work.”
The closing plenary session features a conversation with Dr. Joseph Betancourt the director of the Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), which works with healthcare organizations to improve quality of care, address racial and ethnic disparities, and achieve equity. An expert in cross-cultural care and communication, he is also the director of Multicultural Education at MGH. He has advised government agencies, foundations, health care providers, professional societies, and private industry on strategies to improve quality of care and eliminate disparities. Dr. Betancourt will be honored for his work with the 2014 Clarion Award for Health Promotion and Education at the Schweitzer Leadership Awards Ceremony Nov. 7.
“As our country becomes more diverse, we cannot improve the delivery of healthcare without giving providers, policy makers, and government leaders the information and tools they need to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare,” said Dr. Betancourt. “I’m excited to participate in the leadership conference and proud to accept this award from The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, which does much to teach aspiring leaders about the importance of ensuring access to culturally competent care.”
“The Schweitzer Leadership Conference is the premier annual event for students interested in working in the fields of health, social justice, and public policy. This year’s conference will address some of the most pressing health issues facing our country, including confronting stereotypes of black males and violence, understanding the effect of trauma on children, and creating models of care for vulnerable seniors. This is where emerging professionals who will soon be influencing public health policy in their own right can learn from, and exchange ideas with, distinguished leaders such as Dr. Redlener and Dr. Betancourt.”
Conference topics this year will include:
- confronting stereotypes of black males and violence
- understanding the effect of trauma on young children
- helping children develop compassion for others
- models of care for vulnerable elders
- organizing to actively partner with communities to improve public health
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About The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship
The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) is improving the health of vulnerable people now and for the future by developing a corps of Leaders in Service—professionals skilled in creating positive change with and in our communities, our health and human service systems, and our world.
Through community-based, mentored direct service and a multidisciplinary, reflective leadership development program, ASF is building community capacity and training a professional workforce that is:
• skilled in addressing the underlying causes of health inequities;
• committed to improving the health outcomes of underserved communities; and
• prepared for a life of continued service.
To date, nearly 2,500 Schweitzer Fellows have delivered nearly 500,000 hours of service to nearly 300,000 people in need. Additionally, more than 100 Fellows have provided care at the 100-year-old Schweitzer Hospital in Lambaréné, Africa. Through this work and through the contributions of Fellows whose professional careers serve their communities, ASF perpetuates the legacy and philosophy of physician-humanitarian Dr. Albert Schweitzer. ASF has 11 program locations in the U.S. and one in Lambaréné, Africa. Its national office is located in Boston, MA and hosted by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.