The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) today announced the launch of a program chapter in the Detroit area. The site will be housed at Authority Health.
Recruiting is under way for the chapter’s first class of Fellows, who will begin their Fellowship year in April.
“The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship excels in developing emerging leaders in health who will serve vulnerable populations not just in their Fellowship year, but throughout their career,” said Bruce Auerbach, MD, chairman of The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Board of Directors. “Our individual chapters supplement traditional education with programs focused on supporting emerging professionals’ desire to serve populations in need. Our new program in Detroit will make important and vital contributions that will create positive change and improve the lives of people in Detroit and the surrounding area.”
“The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship will enhance Authority Health’s workforce development and population health programs by helping the region’s most promising health and human service graduate students development their careers and provide valuable community service,” said Chris Allen, president & CEO, of Authority Health. “The values of the Fellowship align closely with those of Authority Health, which is committed to ensuring access to health services for underinsured and underserved populations, as well as promoting population health. We are excited with the possibilities in this collaboration.
Schweitzer Fellows are graduate students in health care, social work, law, education and other fields who design and implement year-long service projects that address the root causes of health disparities in under-resourced communities, while also fulfilling their academic responsibilities. The process of moving their Fellowship projects from an initial concept to completion teaches Schweitzer Fellows valuable skills in collaborating with others in allied fields. As Schweitzer Fellows develop professionally, this skill is critical to their ability to affect larger-scale change among vulnerable populations.
Schweitzer Fellows who have successfully completed their year-long service project are called Fellows for Life. Some of ASF’s Fellows for Life include Rishi Manchanda, MD, author of the TED book The Upstream Doctors: Medical Innovators Track Sickness To Its Source; Jessica Lahey, JD, author of the bestseller The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn To Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed, and who writes regularly about education and parenting issues for the New York Times and The Atlantic; and Robert Satcher, Jr., MD, PhD, assistant professor, Anderson Cancer Center and NASA mission specialist.
The Detroit chapter is ASF’s 14th U.S.-based program. The others are in Alabama, Boston, Chicago, Columbus-Athens, Oh.; Dallas-Fort Worth; Houston; Los Angeles; New Orleans; New Hampshire/Vermont; North Carolina; Pittsburgh; San Francisco and Tulsa. Additionally, ASF has a program chapter based in Lambaréné, Gabon, at The Albert Schweitzer Hospital.