Between the demands of their studies and developing and executing their ASF service projects, Schweitzer fellows work hard. So, we love it when their efforts are rewarded. Most recently, Alyssa Concha, a fellow from University of Southern California’s Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, received the Trojan Spirit Award at her graduation in the spring. The award recognizes “loyal leadership and dedicated service” to improve the quality of student life and campus community programs. Among other activities, Alyssa co-hosted a podcast series called Trojans Talk OT, which hosted OT leaders, innovators and advocates to discuss research, events, and perspectives on practice. The show brought these important voices to a wider audience, inspiring and empowering the OT community at USC and beyond.
For her fellowship, Alyssa partnered with Esperanza Community Housing Corporation, where she’s implementing the training resources she developed to supplement the Community Health Promoters Training Program. The program trains bi- and tri-lingual low-income residents to be community health leaders, patient advocates, health educators, and community organizers. Alyssa’s trainings focus on preparing health promoters to better deliver peer advocacy and education to community members.
Congratulations on your award, Alyssa! We certainly appreciate your leadership in serving the OSC Community, as well as the people at Esperanza Community Housing.