Four New WFSM Fellows
The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship has chosen four Wake Forest School of Medicine (WFSM) students to join the new class of North Carolina Schweitzer Fellows. The class of 27 graduate students will spend the next year learning to address social factors that impact health, developing lifelong leadership skills, and living physician-humanitarian Albert Schweitzer's message of service.
WFSM first-year students joining the class include:
Corey Bradley and John Luttrell, who are increasing the health of Hispanic youth through weekly wellness workshops.
Community site: El Buen Pastor Latino Community Services
Joseph McAbee and Alston James, who are promoting self-esteem and healthy lifestyle habits for obese teenage boys by engaging them in a strength-training program.
Community sites: Brenner Fit, William G. White, Jr. Family YMCA
Joining about 220 other 2013-14 Schweitzer Fellows nationwide, these newly selected North Carolina Schweitzer Fellows will partner with local community-based organizations to design a yearlong, 200-hour service project and bring that project from idea to implementation. Fellows also undergo a mentored leadership development program that enhances their ability to successfully carry out interventions designed to improve the health status of underserved people.
"They develop and implement projects that will address the root causes of health inequities, and they will be doing this while also fulfilling their academic responsibilities," said North Carolina Albert Schweitzer Fellows Program Director Barbara Heffner. "Under the close guidance of community and academic mentors, their projects are designed to make measurable differences on issues ranging from childhood literacy to diabetes to behavioral health."
After completing their Fellowship year, the students will become Schweitzer Fellows for Life, joining a network of nearly 2,700 individuals committed to addressing the health needs of underserved people throughout their careers.