Earlier this year, the Atlantic’s Stephen Marche wrote a much-buzzed-about essay called “Is Facebook Making Us Lonely?” His answer to the titular question was a resounding yes: “In a world consumed by ever more novel modes of socializing, we have less and less actual society,” he wrote. “We live in an accelerating contradiction: the more connected we become, the lonelier we are.” But for people … [Read more...] about For Adults With Physical Disabilities, Building Connections & Community Through Technology & Social Networking
When we describe this upcoming weekend as the biggest one of our year, we’re not exaggerating: we’ll welcome a record number of people—about 500 in total—to our Schweitzer Prize event and Schweitzer Leadership Conference on Friday and Saturday. The excitement will kick off tomorrow night, when we’ll present James (Jim) O’Connell, MD with the Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism. In 1985, … [Read more...] about Ready, Set, Go.
As a Schweitzer Fellow in Boston in 2004-05, Richard Sollom—then an MPH student at Harvard—partnered with the International Institute of Boston (now the International Institute of New England) to establish an acupuncture clinic that successfully mitigated the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on refugees who had experienced torture, kidnapping, and the horrors of war. Seven years … [Read more...] about Using Medicine and Science to Stop Human Rights Abuses: Five Questions for a Fellow with Richard Sollom
Kenneth Russell enjoyed his time in corporate America working for Intel and NASA—but something was missing. So he made a mid-career U-turn, building on his desire to improve the health of underserved people and enrolling as a nursing student at Samuel Merritt University. Now, as a Bay Area Schweitzer Fellow, Russell—who will complete his Master of Science in Nursing-Case Management this May—is … [Read more...] about From NASA to Nursing: Five Questions for a Fellow with Kenneth Russell
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 107,000 veterans are homeless on any given night. Schweitzer Fellow Inga Keithly (right), a Tufts dental student who is in the Navy herself, has dedicated her Schweitzer Fellowship year to addressing these veterans’ unmet oral health needs. (10 percent of homeless veterans say that dental care is their most needed service.) Today (Veterans … [Read more...] about On Veterans Day, Taking Action to Address the Unmet Oral Health Needs of Homeless Veterans