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The inaugural class of Houston-Galveston Schweitzer Fellows (pictured) made great strides towards addressing health disparities; the second class will follow in their footsteps.

Alina Batool has big plans for 2010-11. Over the next twelve months, Batool –- a newly selected Houston-Galveston Schweitzer Fellow , and a student at the University of Texas School of Public Health–- aims to increase access to preventive healthcare by designing and implementing an outreach initiative to increase enrollment in the Healthy Kids program at Ibn Sina Community Clinic.

Baylor College of Medicine students Agnès Hernàndez and Christina Salazar have big plans, too. These newly selected Houston-Galveston Schweitzer Fellows aim to address diabetes management by working with Gulfgate Community Health Center to design a dynamic program, Nuestra Salud, that utilizes didactic group meetings, exercise sessions, and community-wide events to provide a comprehensive, culturally inclusive curriculum that is highly individualized and empowers participants to adopt positive lifestyle changes.

Batool, Hernàndez, and Salazar are three members of the newly-selected class of 2010-11 Houston-Galveston Schweitzer Fellows. Over the next year, they and nine other professional school students will conceptualize and carry out service projects that address the health needs of underserved individuals and communities in the Houston-Galveston area.

They’ll follow in the footsteps of last year’s inaugural class of Houston-Galveston Fellows. (Houston is ASF’s newest program site; the Houston-Galveston Schweitzer Fellows Program launched in 2008 in partnership with Health Care for the Homeless-Houston.)

We’ll keep you posted as these new Fellows address unmet health needs (and develop into Leaders in Service in the process). In the meantime, you can browse the new Houston-Galveston Schweitzer Fellows’ projects here — we hope you’ll be as excited as we are about the impact they’re aiming to deliver.

Click here to support the Houston-Galveston Schweitzer Fellows Program. Click here to download an informational one-pager about the Houston-Galveston Schweitzer Fellows Program.

For more information, e-mail ptaddoni at bidmc.harvard.edu.