Phoebe Dacha, third-year medical student
Alicia Howard, third-year medical student
Dacha and Howard will serve low-income youth in the West Philadelphia area through "Foundation to Success" (FTS)—a project that seeks to assist participants in successfully navigating the pathway to higher education. FTS will provide math, science, and writing tutoring sessions; introduce post-secondary resources; conduct public health-related workshops; and involve youth participants in group community service initiatives—all aimed at guiding participants toward higher levels of education and preventing the future development of general adverse health outcomes.
Ashley Stephens, first-year medical student
Stephens will develop a tutoring and health education program for pediatric HIV patients at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. She will support patients in improving their performance in school as well as making healthy choices throughout their lives. She will enlist other Drexel students to serve as volunteers, and will conduct weekly one-on-one tutoring sessions as well as monthly health education sessions.
Upon completion of their fellowship year, these students will become Schweitzer Fellows for Life, and join a vibrant network of nearly 2,500 individuals who are skilled in, and committed to, addressing the health needs of underserved people throughout their careers as professionals.
About The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF)
Originally founded in 1940 to support Dr. Albert Schweitzer's medical work in Africa, ASF is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to develop Leaders in Service: individuals who are dedicated and skilled in meeting the health needs of underserved communities, and whose example influences and inspires others.
These Fellows — primarily university graduate students — partner with community-based organizations to identify an unmet health need, design a yearlong 200-hour service project with a demonstrable impact on that need, and bring that project from idea to implementation and impact. Rooted in a holistic understanding of health, Schweitzer projects address not only clinical issues, but also the social determinants of health. Annually, approximately 250 Schweitzer Fellows deliver more than 40,000 hours of health-related community service at thirteen locations across the U.S. A number of Schweitzer Fellows also work at the Schweitzer Hospital in Lambaréné, Africa, collaborating with hospital staff to help provide skilled care through over 35,000 outpatient visits and more than 6,000 hospitalizations annually for patients from all parts of Gabon.
When Fellows' initial year ends, they carry their commitment to meeting the health needs of underserved people forward as members of the Schweitzer Fellows for Life alumni network, a pipeline of Leaders in Service now nearly 2,500 strong.
ASF's national office is located in Boston, MA and hosted by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
About Drexel University College of Medicine
Drexel University College of Medicine has established some of the most highly innovative and rigorous academic programs available today, incorporating the University's expertise in engineering and technology into traditional medical training. The College of Medicine is home to one of the nation's leading centers for spinal cord research; one of the foremost centers for malaria study; and a highly regarded HIV/AIDS program with extensive NIH-funded research in prevention and therapeutic interventions. Drexel University College of Medicine has been designated a Vanguard National Center of Excellence in Women's Health by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and is highly respected in numerous other specialties including cardiology and pain management.