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Phone: 617-667-5628
13 U.S. Program Locations
National Headquarters: 330 Brookline Ave (BR)

Massachusetts 02215

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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

Programs: U.S. Schweitzer Fellows Program
Bay Area
Greater Philadelphia
Los Angeles
New Hampshire-Vermont
New Orleans
North Carolina
Lambaréné Schweitzer Fellows Program
Fellows for Life Program
Schweitzer Legacy Project

Improving Health. Developing Leaders. Creating Change.

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.
ASF selects graduate student Schweitzer Fellows to spend a year developing and implementing service projects that address health and its social determinants in vulnerable communities.

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.

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The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship has allowed me to see how imaginative and passionate that students can be, when working with people in need. Their range of projects has included dental health in children with disabilities, community guides for discharged psychiatric patients, nutrition counseling ... more »
This year, I became affiliated with the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Schweitzer Fellowship Program, thanks to the suggestion of a colleague who is a Schweitzer Fellow for Life (he did his Fellowship in Chicago while at Northwestern Univ. med school). I personally met with this year's ... more »
I was a Albert Schweitzer Fellow in 2008-2009 volunteering as part of the Boston Fellows. The key to the Schweitzer Fellowship's success is organization and a focus of reflection, enabling people to serve in more effective ways. They are a well-run non-profit from the top down and as such, provide... more »
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