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This week, two Schweitzer Fellows for Life (Anthony Lim and Steven Lin) and one ASF Board Member (Robert Lawrence, MD) received national recognition for their commitment to public service.

Lim and Lin have been named as two of the five 2009 Pisacano Scholars honored by the philanthropic arm of the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM). According to the Annals of Family Medicine, Pisacano Scholars have “demonstrated the highest level of leadership, academic achievement, communication skills, community service, and character and integrity.”

Anthony LimAs a 2007-08 Boston Schweitzer Fellow, Lim led support groups for homeless individuals recuperating from illness at the Barbara McInnis House in Jamaica Plain. The sessions addressed issues relevant to Boston’s homeless population, such as improving organizational skills, problem-solving, coping with stress and anxiety, and complying with medical recommendations. Outside of the support groups, Lim—now a fourth-year medical student at Boston University School of Medicine—conducted structured one-on-one interviews of the residents, helped lead walking groups, and assisted at two health fairs put on at the Pine Street Inn and Long Island Shelter.

Lin, a 2007-08 Bay Area Schweitzer Fellow, worked with Fellow Elizabeth Chao to implement a Steven Lincomprehensive Hepatitis B Initiative at the Pacific Free Clinic in East San Jose. They worked with the Asian Liver Center at Stanford to provide free hepatitis B testing, vaccination, treatment and education for all Asian and Pacific Islanders in East San Jose who had low incomes, no insurance, and low English proficiency. Open only on Saturdays, this clinic saw approximately 500 patients from the time it was opened in July, 2007 to the end of the Fellowship year in April 2008. It has continued operation under the direction of other Stanford students and a number of dedicated volunteers. Lin is now a fourth-year medical student at Stanford School of Medicine.

Bob LawrenceAdditionally, longtime ASF Board Member – and plenary speaker at ASF’s 3rd Annual Fellows for Life Conference—Robert S. Lawrence, MD, has been awarded the Sedgwick Award Medal for Distinguished Service in Public Health. The medal is the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) oldest and most prestigious honor.

According to the APHA, “since 1929, the Sedgwick medal has been awarded annually to an individual who has demonstrated a distinguished record of service to public health while tirelessly working to advance public health knowledge and practice.”

Currently Director of the Center for a Livable Future at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Lawrence has “worked to expand access to health care to the poor and racial minorities in the United States, investigated and promoted human rights internationally, taught and established programs in human rights and public health and provided cutting-edge leadership on the intersection of agricultural policy and environmental protection” (APHA).

To read more about Lawrence’s extraordinary career and commitment to public service, click here.

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