More than 300,000 people in western Pennsylvania suffer from diabetes—and for those facing financial and language barriers, it’s often difficult to access health care education and services that would guide them in managing their disease. Schweitzer Fellow Ruth Plasterer—an occupational therapy student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences—is working to … [Read more...] about In Pittsburgh, Breaking Down Barriers to Diabetes Management
Born and raised in the Philippines, Merlyn Chua came to the U.S. in 1990 to find job opportunities that would support her family and fund the education of her three younger siblings. 22 years later, Chua’s siblings are nurses and physical therapists—and Chua herself is a nurse practitioner at Mercy Hospital who is motivated by an abiding desire to make a difference both in the U.S. and abroad. As … [Read more...] about Improving Community Health in the U.S. and Abroad: Five Questions for a Fellow with Merlyn Chua
On October 28th and 29th in Boston, MA, over 200 people with a commitment to improving the health and well-being of all people gathered for The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF)’s 5th Annual Fellows for Life Conference: Achieving Health Equity Together. With a thought-provoking keynote speech from interprofessional education champion George E. Thibault, MD; a stirring plenary session from health … [Read more...] about Achieving Health Equity Together: 2011 Schweitzer Conference Recap
It was last Friday, August 26, and her face beamed with pride as she stood between Schweitzer Fellow Ricardo Sedan and Kennedy Center Executive Director Kate McDonough to accept her graduation certificate. “I learned,” she said in Spanish, “to rinse canned beans with water before using them, to remove the extra salt.” Her classmates—nine other low-income, Spanish-speaking women living in … [Read more...] about Proyecto ¡Salud!: For Charlestown’s Low-Income, Spanish-Speaking Residents, An Opportunity to Achieve Health
Earlier this year, the government launched its first-ever National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities—a call to action that, much like The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF)’s mission and programming, emphasizes the importance of interdisciplinary, cross-community collaboration and coordination. After all, when it comes to achieving health equity, it’s not just going to take … [Read more...] about Request for Proposals: Apply to Lead a Breakout Session at ASF’s Annual Conference!