While working with healthcare and public health professionals in
South India, Harlem, and North Philadelphia, Schweitzer Fellow Akhila
Vasthare arrived at the conclusion that âit is only when a physician
integrates their medical education with an awareness of societal factors
that impact health that they can hope to truly maximize positive health
outcomes in the community.â
The Temple University School of Medicine student is acting on that conclusion. As one of this yearâs 15 Greater Philadelphia Schweitzer Fellows,
Vasthare is creating and conducting a cultural health education program
for middle school immigrant students in partnership with Public Citizens for Children and Youth.
âThe program educates students about issues affecting their physical
and emotional health,â she says, âand empowers them to learn about
cultural factors in their communities that support positive health and
Read this week’s full Five Questions for a Fellow interview with Vasthare by clicking here.