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Ask Aditya Iyer her plans for the next year, and you’ll get an ambitious answer: the second-year University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine student will partner with Vision Outreach Center to provide after-school classes for refugee students at Alderdice and Brashear High Schools, focusing on teaching English in ways that relate to their healthcare needs.

You’ll get similarly ambitious answers from Danielle Almony and Sara Ward, second-year students in Chatham University’s Physician Assistant Studies Program who aim to improve the health of underserved individuals by developing and delivering a wellness program for patients participating in the East Liberty Family Health Care Center‘s Outreach Program.

Iyer, Almony, and Ward are members of the newly selected class of 2010-11 Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellows. Over the next year, they and 15 other professional school students will conceptualize and carry out service projects that address the health needs of underserved individuals and communities in the Pittsburgh region.

We’ll keep you posted as these new Fellows address unmet health needs (and develop into Leaders in Service in the process). In the meantime, you can browse the new Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellows’ projects here — we hope you’ll be as excited as we are about the impact they’re aiming to deliver.

Click here to support the Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellows Program.

Click here to download an informational one-pager about the Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellows Program.

For more information, e-mail ptaddoni at bidmc.harvard.edu.

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