The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship
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Target demographics: Underserved individuals and communities across the U.S. and in Gabon, Africa. Schweitzer Fellows' projects focus on the social determinants of health, and also address major chronic health issues (including obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, oral health, violence, substance abuse, and mental health).
Direct beneficiaries per year: 25,000
Geographic areas served: Baltimore, Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Greater Philadelphia, Houston, Indiana, Los Angeles, New Hampshire-Vermont, New Orleans, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, and Gabon, Africa
The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) is improving the health of vulnerable people now and for the future by developing a corps of Leaders in Service—professionals skilled in creating positive change with and in our communities, our health and human service systems, and our world.
In addition to carrying out their Schweitzer service projects in partnership with community-based agencies (and under the guidance of Schweitzer mentors), Fellows participate in ASF’s reflective leadership development programming -- which includes monthly meetings and trainings that contextualize Fellows' service experiences and enhance their ability to carry out interventions that improve the health status of underserved people.
Since 1992, Schweitzer Fellows have contributed 500,000 hours of service to vulnerable communities.
250 Schweitzer Fellows annually:
* Serve at 13 U.S. locations and the Schweitzer Hospital in Lambaréné, Gabon, Africa
* Provide nearly 50,000 hours of service
* Serve nearly 25,000 low-to-moderate income clients
* Partner with nearly 250 community-based organizations
* Represent more than 100 leading universities
* Develop a blueprint for lifelong service.
The Schweitzer Fellows for Life alumni network:
* Supports a pipeline of Leaders in Service more than 2,000 strong and growing
* 70% spend more than 75% of their professional time in clinical or human service
* 59% of their patients and clients, on average, are from underserved populations
* 99% say ASF is integral to sustaining their commitment to serve the underserved.