The 2009-2010 LA Schweitzer Fellows in front of Jackson Lake.
Last weekend, Los Angeles Schweitzer Fellows Program Co-Directors John Su, MD, MPH, FAAFP and Jimmy Hara MD, FAAFP led an orientation retreat for their incoming class of Fellows. Fun, yes — but also valuable in solidifying the new Fellows’ connections to, and support of, each other. That support will grow ever more important as the new Fellows encounter boulders in their quest to meet the underserved’s health needs…
But last weekend at Jackson Flat Campground, the only boulders were literal. Photos and anecdotes from Su — who’s a Fellow for Life — are below.
Brian Raffetto (UCLA Med, pictured above) will be working with Jeffrey Delacruz (UCLA Med) on the KP Kids after school childhood obesity project at Venice Family Clinic, helping to encourage exercise and proper nutrition in underserved youth. They plan to expand the program to include more children and other sites.
“When we first arrived, we had Fellows ‘race’ to set up their tents. Matt Calzetto won, since he slept under the stars. Some teams needed a bit of help to complete the task, but it was nice to see the teamwork.”
Fellows gather around the campfire.
“Before camp songs, we discussed what it means to be a Fellow for Life/Leader in Service. It was inspiring and reassuring to hear from the fellows the same descriptors that our program directors gave at our retreat in May.”
Kimberly DeQuattro (USC Med, pictured above) will be working with Saskya Byerly (USC Med) and Kristen Gregory (USC Med) on a comprehensive education and mentoring program targeting high risk young women in the East Los Angeles area. They plan to reach out to those at high-risk for teen pregnancy, assist and educate those already pregnant and to provide support and parenting skills to young mothers.
“Adam Carl Cohen provided incredible entertainment and music at the campfire — definitely wouldn’t have been the same without Adam, who will be bringing music to local Los Angeles hospitals. What a talent. And we found out Kimberly DeQuattro (above) is a soprano opera singer (and was/is in a run of “Carmen” in Pasadena).”
“Dr. Hara’s color workshop is a self discovery activity, where after answering a series of questions about how you react and respond to different situations, you are given a predominant color: red, blue, or green, or if you are a ‘hub,’ you have traits of each color.
Reds tend to be aggressive/competitive, blues are warm/friendly/nurturing, greens are cerebral/introspective/thoughtful, and hubs have aspects of all 3 and appeal to all 3 and thus often become leaders (ie. Dr. Hara is a red hub, I’m a blue hub). We discovered many of our fellows to be hubs.
Kudos to Dr. Hara for making the 2-hour drive early Sunday morning to give the workshop. As always, it was incredibly popular, and all the fellows could talk about the rest of the day.”