UTMB's Schweitzer Fellowship Recipients





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Published on Jun 26, 2012

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) is thrilled to announce the selection of its 2012-13 class of Houston-Galveston Schweitzer Fellows—12 graduate students who will spend the next year learning to effectively address the social factors that impact health, developing lifelong leadership skills, and living famed physician-humanitarian Albert Schweitzer's message of service.
Joining approximately 240 other 2012-13 Schweitzer Fellows at 12 program sites throughout the U.S., the newly selected Houston-Galveston Schweitzer Fellows will partner with local community-based organizations to develop and implement yearlong, mentored service projects that improve the health and well-being of underserved people—all on top of their regular academic responsibilities.
"The Schweitzer Fellowship simultaneously promotes Schweitzer's legacy and addresses a critical gap in today's health care landscape by equipping emerging professionals with the tools to address not only clinical health issues, but also the social determinants of health," says ASF President Lachlan Forrow, MD, Director of Ethics and Palliative Care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.
Earlier this year, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation reported that although 85 percent of primary care physicians and pediatricians say their patients have health concerns caused by unmet social factors, only 20 percent of health professionals feel equipped to help their underserved patients actually address those social factors—including low incomes, environmentally unsafe housing, and lack of access to healthy foods, mental health care services, and educational opportunities.
"Established in 1992, our U.S. Schweitzer Fellows Program is a two-pronged means of addressing that gap," Forrow says. "Fellows deliver immediate impact on the root causes of health inequities by partnering with area community-based organizations to carry out mentored, entrepreneurial, yearlong service projects on issues like early childhood literacy, obesity, and access to health care. But the Fellowship's leadership development programming also helps them to contextualize this experience—delivering lasting impact by developing health professionals with the capacity and cultural competence to address social factors on an ongoing and effective basis throughout their careers."
Upon completion of their initial year, the 2012-13 Houston-Galveston Schweitzer Fellows will become Schweitzer Fellows for Life—and join a vibrant network of nearly 2,500 Schweitzer alumni who are skilled in, and committed to, addressing the health needs of underserved people throughout their careers as professionals. Ninety-nine percent of Fellows for Life say that ASF is integral to sustaining their commitment to serving people in need.
Launched in 2008, the Houston-Galveston Schweitzer Fellows Program is hosted and sponsored by Baylor College of Medicine. Other generous sponsors include Baxter Trust, The Simmons Foundation, The Frees Foundation, The Fondren Foundation, Houston Endowment Inc., Healthcare and Nursing Education Foundation, The Cullen Trust for Healthcare, The Stanford and Joan Alexander Foundation, and The Lyons Foundation. More information is available at www.schweitzerfellowship.org/houston.

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