The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) is thrilled to announce the selection of the inaugural class of Columbus Schweitzer Fellows—15 multidisciplinary graduate students who will spend the next year addressing Columbus and Athens-area health disparities and developing lifelong leadership skills.

Representing eight disciplines and joining 250 other 2011-12 Schweitzer Fellows at 13 program sites throughout the U.S. and at Dr. Albert Schweitzer’s hospital in Lambaréné, Africa, the newly selected Columbus Schweitzer Fellows will partner with community-based organizations to develop and implement yearlong, mentored service projects that sustainably address the social determinants of health—all on top of their regular graduate school responsibilities.

“Due to the passage of the Affordable Care Act, an estimated 32 million previously uninsured people will soon be entering our country’s health care system for the first time,” says ASF Executive Director Sylvia Stevens-Edouard, MS. “Now more than ever, it is essential that we focus on developing a multidisciplinary pipeline of health professionals who have the dedication, skills, and cultural competency to effectively meet the health needs of these and other underserved people.”

Upon completion of their initial year, these Columbus Schweitzer Fellows will become Schweitzer Fellows for Life—and join a vibrant network of over 2,000 Schweitzer alumni who are skilled in, and committed to, addressing the health needs of underserved people throughout their careers as professionals. 99 percent of Fellows for Life say that ASF is integral to sustaining their commitment to serve the underserved.

The Columbus Schweitzer Fellows Program, hosted by The Ohio State University College of Medicine, was launched in 2010 with major funding from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation and other generous sponsors. A listing of the 2011-12 Columbus Schweitzer Fellows follows. More information and full project descriptions are available at www.schweitzerfellowship.org/columbus.

2011-12 Columbus Schweitzer Fellows:

Samantha Boch, The Ohio State University College of Nursing
Bernard Cason, Trinity Lutheran Seminary
Michelle Caster, The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Elizabeth Coppelman, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Heather Datsko, Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Tamara Durr, The Ohio State University College of Social Work
Allison Gibson, The Ohio State University College of Social Work
John Heffernan, The Ohio State University College of Dentistry
Kimberly Herrmann, Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Anne Marie Kessler, The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Kacie Kreifels, The Ohio State University College of Optometry
Brittany Lipinsky, The Ohio State University College of Dentistry
Joan Randle, The Ohio State University College of Nursing
Diana Tsai, The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy
Tessa Yoder, The Ohio State University School of Allied Medical Professions

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