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Earlier this year, the government launched its first-ever National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities—a call to action that, much like The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF)’s mission and programming, emphasizes the importance of interdisciplinary, cross-community collaboration and coordination.

After all, when it comes to achieving health equity, it’s not just going to take doctors, nurses, and dentists; it’s going to take coordinated, comprehensive, and culturally competent efforts from health providers, social workers, lawyers, politicians, community organizations, and community members themselves—all working together, across strata and sectors, toward the same goal.

At the 5th Annual Schweitzer Fellows for Life Conference: Achieving Health Equity Together, we will explore topics such as health care reform, cultural competency, and the principles behind community-based participatory research.  Our discussions will illuminate the myriad perspectives and “pieces of the puzzle” involved in bringing about large-scale change.

Schweitzer program alumni (aka Fellows for Life) are invited to submit a proposal to lead a 60 or 90 minute breakout session. Sessions should be designed to include opportunities for participants to gain new knowledge, skills, or expertise and to learn from and understand their colleagues’ work. All sessions should include ample time for discussion that may facilitate opportunities for networking and collaboration among participants.


  • Raising Awareness and Advocating for Health Equity
  • Building Capacity of Communities and Health Professionals to Achieve Health Equity
  • Addressing Healthcare Access and Education
  • Providing Culturally Competent Care
  • Utilizing the Community-Based Participatory Research Approach for Health Interventions


Submissions are due August 15, 2011 and notification will be sent in early September. 


Have questions? Contact ASF National Program Director Meghan Johnson at
617.667.3115 or Mjohnso9@bidmc.harvard.edu.