Through the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, 30 graduate students from a wide variety of health professional and public service fields will design and lead innovative projects to help Chicago’s underserved communities improve their health and well-being. Attend an information session at UIC College of Dentistry Friday November 10th 12:30 Lecture Hall South to learn more about the program, and how you can become a fellow.
Schweitzer Fellows will:
- Provide 200 hours of direct service
- Receive a $2,500 stipend
- Receive the guidance of mentors
- Develop program planning and leadership skills
- Join a multidisciplinary network of like-minded change agents, acting upon their idealism.
Video: Recent Schweitzer Fellows Share Their Stories
“The purpose of human life is to serve, to show compassion and the will to help others.”
– Albert Schweitzer
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About the Schweitzer Fellows Program
The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship immerses a select group of graduate students in an experiential learning and leadership development program designed to increase and sharpen their skills and abilities to more effectively address the health needs of underserved people.
While continuing their graduate studies, U.S. Schweitzer Fellows design and implement community-based prevention and intervention projects that address chronic health issues and the social determinants of health such as poverty, the environment and education. These Schweitzer projects encompass everything from the physical environment where people live, to promoting early childhood literacy and parent engagement, to encouraging healthy exercise and nutrition habits, to launching and staffing community health centers and clinics.
Now in its 22nd year, the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program is a program of ASF and Health & Medicine Policy Research Group, an independent policy center that conducts research, educates, and collaborates with other groups to advocate policies and impact health systems to improve the health status of all people. The Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program is dedicated to developing a corps of emerging professionals who enter the workforce with the skills and commitment necessary to address unmet health needs.
Since the program’s inception, 22 classes of Schweitzer Fellows in Chicago—competitively chosen from health-focused graduate student applicants in a variety of fields—have worked tirelessly to address health disparities and the social determinants of health throughout the greater Chicago area. For 10 years, the Chicago Fellows for Life Network has provided year-round events and opportunities aimed at helping alumni of the Schweitzer Fellowship continue to develop themselves as leaders in service. To read more about what being a Schweitzer Fellow in Chicago entails and to find out how to apply, please visit the application page. To see some Chicago Fellows in action in the community, click here.
Since 1996, 580 Schweitzer Fellows in the Chicago Chapter have provided over 116,000 hours of service to Chicago’s vulnerable communities. Partnering with area community-based organizations, these Fellows have addressed a wide variety of unmet health needs by creating and carrying out yearlong projects with direct service at their core.
Examples include the following initiatives:
- Encouraging academic achievement in south side youth through a new tutoring/mentoring program
- Creating a social network among seniors to help reduce loneliness and isolation
- Teaching health education classes focusing on healthy foods and fitness for underserved groups
- Leading prenatal yoga classes to help expectant mothers combat stress and increase awareness and exploration of the mind-body connection
- Providing preventive dental services and oral health care education to underserved children
- Training hip-hop and spoken word artists to promote awareness of health care issues facing African Americans
Please see Fellows and Projects for a complete listing of Fellows’ service projects. When Fellows’ initial year of service ends, they carry their commitment to meeting the health needs of underserved people forward as members of the Schweitzer Fellows for Life alumni network, now more than 3,000 strong.
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