The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship
Rating: 5 stars 14 reviews
Issues: Education, Health, International
Location: 13 U.S. Program Locations National Headquarters: 330 Brookline Ave (BR) Boston MA 02215 USA
Results: 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.
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 Baltimore Bay Area Boston Chicago Columbus-Athens Greater Philadelphia Houston-Galveston Indiana Los Angeles New Hampshire-Vermont New Orleans North Carolina Pittsburgh Lambaréné Schweitzer Fellows Program Fellows for Life Program Schweitzer Legacy Project
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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 for teen mothers...The list of projects is just remarkable. The Schweitzer fellows also develop leadership, management, and real community engagement skills.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
witnessing the impact these students have in their projects and visiting health fairs and community events that they coordinate.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
find a way to fund more fellows, so that the amazing ripple effect of their work continues to spread and involve more underserved populations