Over the next year, nine newly selected Kate B. Reynolds Schweitzer Fellows from six different North Carolina universities will join approximately 200 other 2010-11 Schweitzer Fellows across the country in conceptualizing and carrying out service projects that directly address the unmet health-related needs of low-income, underserved individuals and communities.

These Kate B. Reynolds Schweitzer Fellows’ efforts to improve the quality of life for low-income North Carolinians are made possible by the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust’s multi-prong partnership with the North Carolina Albert Schweitzer Fellows Program.

In addition to directly funding these nine designated Fellows (and nine designated Fellows in the previous program year), the Trust funded the program’s recruitment expansion to Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and is offering sustainability grants to community sites committed to continuing Fellows’ service projects.

This year’s Kate B. Reynolds Schweitzer Fellows will tackle everything from refugee health to mental health disparities:

  • Tracy Cassagnol and Brianna Crosby, Wake Forest School of Medicine
    Cassagnol and Crosby aim to encourage underserved Latino and African American teens to pursue health care careers by providing general health education and exposure to health care careers at a summer camp and throughout the academic year. Community Site: YMCA of Winston Lake
  • James Gillenwater and Derrick Raphael, Duke School of Law
    Raphael and Gillenwater aim to empower underserved middle-school-aged youth by creating a rugby program and providing academic mentoring. Community Site: John Avery Boys & Girls Club
  • Julius Kibe, Duke School of Nursing, and Caroline Njogu, NCCU Public Administration
    Kibe and Njogu aim to address health disparities in North Carolina’s African refugee population by creating a lay health advisor program focusing on diabetes and hypertension education. Community Site: African Advocates Against Aids
  • Elise Leger, UNC School of Medicine
    Leger aims to empower underinsured patients by conducting preventive health education and nutrition talks during clinic wait times. Community Site: Moncure Community Health Center
  • Jason Lee and Steven Pontickio, ECU Brody School of Medicine
    Lee and Pontickio plan to address mental health disparities by establishing a biweekly mental health clinic at a soup kitchen. In the context of the clinic, Lee and Pontickio will provide health services, conduct health literacy education, and screen for chronic diseases. Community Sites: Pitt Co. Substance Abuse Coalition; Joy Soup Kitchen

Upon completion of their initial year, these Kate B. Reynolds Schweitzer Fellows will become Schweitzer Fellows for Life—and join a vibrant network of over 2,000 individuals who are skilled in, and committed to, addressing the health needs of underserved people throughout their careers as professionals.

To download a one-pager detailing the North Carolina Albert Schweitzer Fellows Program in more depth, click here.

To read more about the program’s partnership with the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, click here.

To find a full listing of the 2010-11 North Carolina Albert Schweitzer Fellows, click here.