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Over the past few weeks, Schweitzer Fellows across the country have been hard at work — and the world has been paying attention.  Here are some  highlights:

  • The Spring 2010 issue of Tufts Nutrition, the magazine of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, has a in-depth piece on the battle against childhood obesity (the article begins on page 20). The piece features Tufts-Schweitzer Fellow Dawn Undurraga, who established Jumbo’s Kitchen, partnering with DotWell to create, test, refine, implement, and evaluate a ten-week after-school nutrition and cooking curriculum for three elementary schools in Dorchester. “We’re raising a whole generation of kids who have not had experiences in the kitchen and then are left to fast foods or whatever is easily accessible,” Undurraga says in the piece. “The point is to demystify the garlic press and the grater and the whisk and give the kids the feeling they know what these things are.”
  • The May/June 2010 issue of Drexel University College of Medicine’s Newspager includes a piece on newly-selected Schweitzer Fellows Guensley Delva and Karen Li (scroll to page 10).
  • Global Health News, a publication of the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, ran a terrific profile of New Orleans Schweitzer Fellow for Life-turned-New Orleans Schweitzer Fellows Program Director Holly Scheib, MPH, MSW.  “It’s a mutually beneficial program for all involved,” Scheib says in the profile. “The fellows interact with an underserved population, which can be a very humbling experience that makes them better practitioners. Community members benefit from the programs and are directly served by them.”
  • At the California Dental Association‘s annual meeting in May, 2009-2010 Bay Area Schweitzer Fellow Alice Hsieh delivered a presentation about her Schweitzer project. Hsieh’s presentation, entitled “Effectiveness of Anticipatory Guidance Through Bilingual Oral Health Education To Chinese Parents,” won third place. (Hsieh’s Schweitzer academic mentor — Brent Lin, DMD, of the University of California, San Francisco — was recently presented with the Bay Area Schweitzer Fellows Program’s Academic Mentor Award.)
  • In other great Bay Area news, University of California, San Francisco student (and Bay Area Schweitzer Fellow) Alfredo Mireles Jr. has been nominated as the 2010-11  student regent of The Regents of the University of California. UC San Francisco’s press release discusses Mireles’ Schweitzer project, describing it as a project that will help ” mentally ill patients stay out of the hospital by giving them the resources they need to maintain their treatment and function at their highest possible level.”
  • Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellow Mirat Shah asked her fellow University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine students, “What is the most neglected issue in the U.S. or world, and what will you do as a physician to address this?” Entitled  “Why the World Needs Saving: Tomorrow’s Physicians Speak,” the resulting publication is more than worth a read.
  • There’s a nice mention of LECOM student Shipra Sharma’s selection as a Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellow in the June newsletter of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM).
  • The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has an announcement (scroll down) about the selection of Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellow Patti Ghubril, a student at Seton Hill University.