This holiday season, TheBostonChannel.com is featuring inspiring stories of health and hope from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC).
BIDMC is ASF’s host institution, as well as the official sister hospital of the Schweitzer hospital in Lambarene, Africa. It’s also where current (and very busy) Tufts-Schweitzer Fellow Taiwo Oshodi works as an ER tech — that is, when she’s not studying for her master’s in biomedical science at Tufts University, and completing her 200-hour Schweitzer service project (a nutrition education program for Boston residents living with HIV/AIDS).
In TheBostonChannel’s feature, Oshodi discusses her deep commitment to Boston’s HIV-positive community — and the ways her Schweitzer project addresses its needs:
Oshodi’s Schweitzer project consists of a series of hands-on cooking classes specifically tailored to the health needs of Boston’s HIV-positive population, emphasizing everything from nutritional plans that address secondary ailments (like diabetes) to effectively navigating grocery stores.
“The class members’ response has been incredibly fulfilling,” Oshodi says. “Sometimes it’s hard to get BLC members to come out for programs—but we already have a waiting list for the next class cycle, which starts in January.”
When it comes to juggling her various responsibilities, this student/Schweitzer Fellow/ER tech is working to make “service” their common thread:
“Exams are important, but it’s being out there, working hand in hand with the community you seek to serve, that reminds you why,” she says.