About Us: The Alabama Schweitzer Chapter was founded in 2015 and joins a national network of Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Chapters across the United States. ASF Chapters are dedicated to improving the health of vulnerable people by developing a corps of emerging professionals who enter the workforce with the skills and commitment necessary to address unmet health needs.
In the spring of 2016, the first class of Alabama Schweitzer Fellows will be competitively chosen from student applicants in a variety of graduate programs. Applicants come from traditional health-focused graduate programs such as medicine, nursing, dentistry, and public health, as well as other disciplines including education, social work, law, and the arts. The Schweitzer Fellowship year expands a student’s educational experience and provides opportunities to gain firsthand knowledge and skills rarely found in traditional professional health training.
While continuing their graduate studies, Schweitzer Fellows design and implement community-based prevention and intervention projects that address chronic health problems, as well as the social determinants of health, such as poverty, the environment, and education. Schweitzer projects encompass everything from the physical environment where people live, to promoting early childhood literacy and parent engagement, to encouraging healthy exercise and nutrition habits, to launching and staffing community health centers and clinics.
To read more about what being a Schweitzer Fellow in Alabama entails and to find out how to apply, please visit our application information page. The Alabama Schweitzer Fellows Program is funded entirely by charitable donations and grants. Make a gift, make a difference!