Alex Stovall, Kate B Reynolds Charitable Trust, North Carolina, North Carolina Schweitzer Fellows Program, Physical therapy, PT, Underinsured, uninsured, Winston-Salem, Winston-Salem State University, WSSU
Like Albert Schweitzer, Stovall made a dramatic mid-career decision to dedicate himself to serving others. His unique path to becoming a Schweitzer Fellow; his dedication to making physical therapy available to low-income Winston-Salem residents; and his commitment to building bridges between his school and the community have resulted in dramatic impact.
In fact, WSSU — which featured Stovall as one of three standout students from its fall graduating class — writes that:
Because of Stovall, nearly 400 low-income east Winston-Salem residents have received free physical therapy treatment, with an estimated value of nearly $50,000.
As his Schweitzer project, Stovall established a physical therapy clinic that serves un- and underinsured community members who may have received primary care for their injuries, but still risk decline and debilitation without physical therapy:
“For me, the greatest satisfaction from this year has been that Winston-Salem State University is giving back to the community, and that means we are also establishing relationships and connections,” said Stovall, who is classified as a non-traditional student, having left a management position with a major company to move into a new profession.
In addition to his volunteer efforts with the clinic, Stovall also served as host for a regional Schweitzer Fellows Symposium held on the WSSU campus in November. All of this activity was in addition to his classes and the clinical rotations he had to complete for graduation.
Here’s to Stovall — who, as WSSU’s press release notes, graduates today — for making his life his argument.