The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) is thrilled to announce the selection of the 2011-12 class of New Orleans Schweitzer Fellows—12 graduate students who will spend the next year addressing health disparities throughout New Orleans and developing lifelong leadership skills.

Joining approximately 250 other 2011-12 Schweitzer Fellows at 13 program sites throughout the U.S., the newly selected New Orleans 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 New Orleans 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 their ASF experience  is integral to sustaining their commitment to serve the underserved.

Since the New Orleans Schweitzer Fellows Program’s founding in 2007, New Orleans Schweitzer Fellows have delivered more than 4,000 hours of direct service to vulnerable people. A listing of 2011-12 New Orleans Schweitzer Fellows follows; more information and full project descriptions are available via www.schweitzerfellowship.org/neworleans.

Tasnim Beg, Tulane University School of Medicine/School of Public Health
Derrick
Bradley, Xavier University School of Pharmacy
Samuel Bradley, Loyola University New Orleans College of Music and Fine Arts
Brittany Demas, Louisiana State University School of Public Health
Jennifer Farrell, Tulane University School of Medicine
Symielle Gaston, Louisiana State University School of Public Health
Dominique Jodry, Tulane University School of Medicine
Gabriela Magda, Tulane University School of Medicine
Devika Nair, Tulane University School of Medicine
Gina Sequeira, Tulane University School Medicine
Nicholas Somerville, Tulane University School of Medicine/School of Public Health
Carl Woodward, Tulane University Public Health

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