The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship

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13 U.S. Program Locations National Headquarters: 330 Brookline Ave (BR) Boston MA 02215 USA


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.

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).

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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


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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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

I have been involved with the Urban Fellowship since the first year and have marveled at the growth of a cadre of caring professionals across a wide group of health related disciplines. The synergistic effect of their collective work and meetings has strengthened their commitment to service for under-served. Every dollar given has been more than well-spent and I fell privileged to share in this wonderful effort to renew and reward service for under-served populations.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have served as a mentor for nursing students and helped in the interview process across for new fellows. It is invigorating and and renewing for me to see the next generation and their energy and commitment. Every dollar spent is maximized.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the across the board commitment to service.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Energetic and committed to the ideals and purpose of the organization

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand to more sites and seed much needed future leaders in community service to improve health across the US.

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About every six months

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