As students at the University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing, Erin Lutes and Shawna Mitchell-Sisler were placed on a clinical rotation at Glide Health Services (GHS)âa
clinic in San Franciscoâs Tenderloin district that serves the areaâsÂ
underserved and uninsured people (a number of whom are dealing with
The duo adored working with GHS, its staff, and its clientsâand soon
identified the need for a program that answers the âwhysâ and âhowsâ of
disease management for individuals living with both diabetes and mental
So they applied to become Schweitzer Fellows and launched SF EMPOWERâa
focused, interactive intervention program for psychiatric patients with
diabetes-related health issues. Their ultimate goal? That their
patients will take ownership of the program and emerge as active
participants in their diabetic and mental health care.
Click here to read today’s Five Questions for a Fellow interview with Lutes and Mitchell-Sisler on ASF’s blog.