The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship offers graduate students an opportunity to actualize their passion for humanitarian service and improve the health and well-being of the under-served population of our community. Fellows dedicated a minimum of 200 hours providing service, as well as attending monthly presentations on topics such as cultural humility and trauma-informed service, as well as skills-building topics like the basics of social entrepreneurship, grassroots fundraising, and advocacy. It’s our hope that through service learning, we will create new humanitarians, in the spirit of Dr. Schweitzer, as well as contribute to the health and human service infrastructure of our community.
We sincerely appreciate the support of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine as a sponsor of the Schweitzer Fellowship.
The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) announced the selection of its inaugural class of Detroit Schweitzer Fellows. Four graduate students from Oakland University William Beaumont Medical School; Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine; Wayne State University School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences; and Wayne State University Sociology Program will spend the next year learning to effectively address the social factors that impact health, and developing lifelong leadership skills. In doing so, they will follow the example set by famed physician-humanitarian Albert Schweitzer, for whom their Fellowship is named.
2017-18 Schweitzer Fellows
Jonathan Chan, Oakland University William Beaumont Medical School
“Incorporate mindfulness training in the middle school environment for both teachers and students.”
This project will address the stressful environment within the educational environment for both students and teachers. Mr. Chan will incorporate the principles and practice of mindfulness to enhance the educational process and improve job satisfaction for educators. The project will measure the ability of mindfulness to increase the physical, mental, and social health and well-being of teachers and students, thereby enhancing their awareness of themselves and their health, as well as their ability to contribute to a positive school environment. Mr. Chan has selected two middle schools and will work in concert with the Michigan Collaborative for Mindfulness Education.
Brianne Feldpausch, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
“Create the Spartan Street Medicine program to serve homeless people in East Lansing.”
This project builds on the experience of street medicine providers in Pittsburgh and Detroit, assessing the physical and psychological needs of homeless people and providing appropriate referrals. Through consistent and direct outreach, Spartan Street Medicine will cultivate relationships built on dignity and respect to bridge the gap in health care for homeless people. Through holistic, multidisciplinary outreach teams, Ms. Feldpausch’s project will treat medical issues, arrange follow-up care, and integrate health literacy and social services into the care plan. Each client of the program will receive a full history and physical by a medical student. The student will discuss each case with a supervising physician before offering any medical advice or needed medication. Spartan Street Medicine will be sustained as a model of street medicine in East Lansing and instill the qualities of trust, empathy, and humility in the next generation of health care providers.
Maliha Ahmed, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences
“Create an educational program on sexual health literacy in the Muslim community”
This program will provide accurate information on a variety of health topics, ranging from the human papillomavirus vaccine to sexual assault awareness. The information will be presented in a culturally-competent way that considers the unique set of barriers that Muslim women face. It will be catered to all ages, providing resources ands workshops women over 18 years old. Ms. Ahmed’s program will incorporate in-person seminars, followed by group and one-to-one discussions. The site partner for this program is Access, which is a humanitarian program located in Dearborn, Michigan. The overall goal is to foster a community of women and girls that is better informed and confident about their health, reflecting the goals of Healthy People 2020 in creating “social and physical environments that promote good health for all.”
Lindsay Toman, Wayne State University Sociology
“Improve the relationship between medical professionals and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community (LGBTQ).”
This project will help prepare medical professionals and medical students with the understanding and skills to care for LGBTQ patients, and help the LGBTQ population in the Detroit area better understand the best way to care for them and live healthy lives. Ms. Toman will employ educational seminars and training programs for medical professionals – physicians as well as other health professionals – including discussion of health disparities in this population. The seminars will include relevant topics such as how to appropriately identify transgender patients or address different kinds of gender identity. The program also plans to develop a panel discussion consisting of LGBTQ people who will share their experiences with a live audience. Medical professionals will not only learn about LGBTQ health topics, but how to be more culturally sensitive to this community. A second aspect of the program will involve an outreach to the LGBTQ community through health fairs, including health navigation advice and health information.
We are pleased to offer this program under the guidance of our Advisory Board:
Alice Thompson, Chair
Dr. Gary Willyerd
Dr. Geneva Williams
More information can be found onThe Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Website