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It’s been an exciting year for us here at The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship — from launching a new U.S. program site, to cheering on one of our Fellows for Life as she was named a CNN Hero for her work to end domestic violence in rural communities.

With the end of 2010 fast approaching — and another big year (2011, the 20th anniversary of our U.S. Schweitzer Fellows Program) right around the corner — we wanted to take a moment to pause and reflect on everything our Schweitzer Fellows and Fellows for Life have set in motion over the past 12 months, thanks to the support of people like you.

What better way to do that than by taking a quote-and-photo tour of the ways Schweitzer Fellows and Fellows for Life are improving the health status of individuals and communities in need?

Read on for exactly that — we hope you’ll come away as inspired and humbled by these Leaders in Service, and the communities they serve, as we are.

Schweitzer Fellow James Lott, a student at the Chicago State University College of Pharmacy, provided medication therapy reviews at a clinic on Chicago's south side.

“Being a Schweitzer Fellow has allowed me to reaffirm my commitment to justice and equality while providing me the chance to act out the chances I want to see in the world.”
- Schweitzer Fellow Toy Lim,
University of Massachusetts Graduate School of Nursing

Tufts-Schweitzer Fellow Dawn Undurraga implemented an after-school nutrition program for students in Dorchester, Massachusetts. (Photo credit: Joanie Tobin/Tufts University Photo)

“It’s well known that the social fabric of New Orleans was devastated by what’s known here as ‘the storm.’ The New Orleans Schweitzer Fellows have a unique responsibility to help restore this social fabric in a way that empowers our target populations and emphasizes the strength and resiliency of our community.”
- Schweitzer Fellow Megan Burns,
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Public Health

Schweitzer Fellows Nailah Adams and Donna Simmons, students at Duke School of Medicine, conducted a step dance after-school program with Lowe's Grove Middle Schools in North Carolina through the Citizen Schools Program.

“By interacting with other Fellows, I am able to develop multidisciplinary solutions to problems affecting health.”
- Kate B. Reynolds Schweitzer Fellow Julius Kibe,
Duke School of Nursing

Schweitzer Fellow Kenny Aristede, a Jefferson School of Pharmacy student, administers a blood pressure screening at a Haitian Health Fair at an elementary school in the Philadelphia area.

“We hope that our program and outreach have helped increase awareness that suicide is preventable. If we remove the societal stigma that currently exists around talking about suicide and other mental health issues, those who need help most will feel more comfortable and supported when seeking it.”
- Schweitzer Fellow Ashley Roberts,
UCLA School of Public Health

Schweitzer Fellow for Life and CNN Hero Wynona Ward speaks at ASF’s 4th annual Conference in October 2010.

“I don’t know if we will see the end of domestic violence in my lifetime, but we will see it in yours.”
- Schweitzer Fellow for Life Wynona Ward, Esq.,
Founder of Have Justice-Will Travel

These photos and quotes represent only a small fraction of the 228 Schweitzer Fellows who have spent the past year working to change the course of health in the U.S. and in Africa, one intensive direct service project — and one person — at a time.

Inspired by their hard work, compassion, and commitment, we’re greeting 2011 with gratitude and optimism.

Best wishes to all of ASF’s Fellows, Fellows for Life, friends, and generous supporters for a peaceful and bright New Year!