With August right around the corner, and temperatures skyrocketing to record heights across the country, right now many of us have vacation on our minds. However, as they prepare for their upcoming year of service, the new class of 2010-2011 Schweitzer Fellows in sunny Los Angeles are forsaking the pool deck and the lawn chair in favor of a much less relaxing, yet ultimately more rewarding agenda: working to address health disparities in Los Angeles’ most vulnerable communities.
Take USC School of Pharmacy student Stephanie Liang, who this year plans to work with the Community Health Alliance of Pasadena to address medication adherence and health knowledge in patients affected by chronic diseases by holding information sessions for both patients and health care providers. Through her project she also hopes to strengthen the ties between USC Pharmacy students and the Pasadena clinic in the hopes of creating a lasting partnership between the two organizations. Click here to read a recent USC News article announcing Liang’s selection.
Or take Fellow Roland Palvolgyi, a medical student at UCLA Geffen School of Medicine who aims to address the prevalence of hepatitis B in underserved communities around Los Angeles County by providing hepatitis B screening at health fairs and conducting monthly educational workshops and seminars.
Over the next year, Liang, Palvolgyi, and 13 other 2010-11 Los Angeles Schweitzer Fellows will join over 200 Schweitzer Fellows across the country in conceptualizing and carrying out service projects that address the health needs of underserved individuals and communities.
We’ll keep you posted as these new Fellows address unmet health needs in Los Angeles (and develop into Leaders in Service in the process)—we hope you’ll be as excited as we are about the impact they’re aiming to deliver. In the meantime, you can browse the new Los Angeles Schweitzer Fellows’ projects here.