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The selection of Schweitzer Fellow Stephanie Wroten, MS, RN, LNC — a student at Jefferson School of Population Health, one of the Greater Philadelphia Schweitzer Fellows Program‘s sponsors — was just featured in Advance for Nurses.

Wroten, who is also a nurse educator at NewCourtland Education Center, will be working to improve the health of vulnerable families in North Philadelphia.

“The overall purpose of the project is to provide healthy lifestyle teaching forums to the children of Community Partnership School (CPS) and Project H.O.M.E.,” Wroten tells us. “Each health care forum will provide the students with health information to implement small lifestyle changes. My aim is to address the cycle of poverty and homelessness experienced by many of the families and children living in the urban area of North Philadelphia.”

Wroten was spurred to action after hearing a talk from the head of CPS, which relies on a unique collaborative model to provide children from low-income Philadelphia neighborhoods with quality educational opportunities.

“[Head of School Eric Jones] spoke of the poverty, socioeconomic challenges, and the need for volunteers at CPS,” Wroten says. “His words stayed with me for days because I wanted a way to help. Soon after hearing Mr. Jones’ words, I found out about Schweitzer, and decided to submit a proposal.”

“I am really excited about working with the children and their families,” Wroten adds. “I think when we are able to help families learn together, we close educational gaps.”

Click here to read Advance for Nurses‘ coverage, and click here to read about the Greater Philadelphia Schweitzer Fellows Program.