The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship of Alabama (ASF) announced today the selection of its 2022-23 class of Alabama Schweitzer Fellows. This class of 20 graduate students represents the largest cohort to date for the six-year-old local fellowship serving the state of Alabama. Representing Auburn University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) schools of dentistry, health professions, medicine, nursing and public health, this year’s cohort of fellows will spend the next 13 months immersed in community public health projects. Their projects will improve the health and social well-being of their populations of choice throughout the state while simultaneously strengthening their leadership skills. In doing so, they will continue the legacy of the Fellowship’s namesake, the famed physician-humanitarian Dr. Albert Schweitzer. The 2022-2023 class includes Public Health students, Kimberly Eaton, studying Health Education and Promotion and Health Behavior, and Trinity Houston, studying Medicine and Public Health.

Students on Campus green“The selection of new Fellows each year is always a highlight, but this year held special significance due to the over 40 percent growth in the size of our 2022-23 cohort,” said Kristin Boggs, Executive Director of ASF of Alabama. “As vulnerable populations in our communities face significant obstacles to health and improved quality of life, it is encouraging to see more students rise to the challenge of tackling these issues head-on. We are excited to come alongside these students, along with our academic and community-site partners, to channel their ideas and grow their commitment to using their knowledge to affect change for under-resourced communities.”

Since 2015, the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship of Alabama has forged many beneficial academic partnerships representing a number of graduate schools and universities throughout the state. The most recent addition to the Fellowship’s consortium of universities is Auburn University, which has five graduate students represented in the 2022-23 class. “We are thrilled to be a partner with the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship of Alabama, which has a strong track record for developing leaders in health professions with a demonstrated commitment to vulnerable populations in our state,” said Dr. Hollie C. Cost, Assistant Vice President of University Outreach and Public Service for Auburn. “We share ASF’s commitment to meeting the current and future needs of underserved communities through the training of the next generation of medical professionals. We are particularly excited about the unique opportunity this provides our graduate students to develop and implement field-based projects that positively impact these Alabama populations, perpetuating AU Outreach’s commitment to equity.”

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