“This project has uniquely allowed me to connect with patients around their own stories, view a side of healthcare rarely observed by students, and develop leadership skills that will be invaluable in my professional career.”
"This experience has sharpened my leadership skills, nourished my professional development, and inspired me to pursue a residency program to specialize in a very specific field where I can continue to serve patients suffering from oral pathology. Most of all, however, working with our patient population has given me a heart to serve."
“Our Schweitzer Project really brought what I learned in the classroom about Social Determinants of Health and health disparities to life. Instead of statistics on a PowerPoint slide, issues such as food insecurity and transportation inaccessibility were daily experiences that I discussed with patients in the clinic."
"I began to understand what Schweitzer was saying in developing a reverence for life. His vision made me understand that I could start giving back now and that as a privileged individual, this should be my duty."
NC Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Board Member
“There are a lot of things in the world that need to change and it easy to have opinions about what those changes are, but it is harder to actually make the change because that takes a lot of time and hard work. I have really appreciated having the opportunity this year to put my beliefs into action and feel like I was making a real difference in the lives of people I care about."
Logan Barbour and Daniel Metzger
Winston-Salem State University School of Health and SciencesKate B. Reynolds Schweitzer Fellows Barbour and Metzger conducted pediatric developmental screenings, enrolled children in health insurance, and worked with their families to help to establish a medical home. Their work expanded on a Schweitzer project initiated by Fellows for Life Clinton Serafino and Timothy Serrano. Community Site: WSSU Department of Physical Therapy
University of North Carolina School of MedicineBynum created a lay health adviser program for faith communities. Community Site: Carolina Church Network
Christin Carter and Shannon Holcomb
East Carolina University School of Dental MedicineBlue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation Schweitzer Fellows Carter and Holcomb conducted preventive oral health education, signed patients up for Medicaid, and worked with them to establish dental homes. Community Site: Bernstein Community Health Center, Grimesland Clinic, Greenville Community Shelters
Kimberly Cocce and Melissa Hector-Greene
Duke School of MedicineCocce and Hector-Green promoted health and self-esteem by creating a tennis program for children ages seven through ten. Community Site: Parkwood Elementary School, Playworks Durham
Henry Gerard Colmer and Bryan Neth
Wake Forest University School of MedicineColmer and Neth developed and conducted a cognitive and behavioral program for patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Community Site: Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Alzheimer’s Association
Rachael Cowherd and Brian Milam
University of North Carolina School of MedicineBlue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation Schweitzer Fellows Cowherd and Milam created a sustainable mobile health clinic that offers disease prevention screening and counseling as well as a farmers’ market. Their work expanded on a Schweitzer project initiated by Fellows for Life Justin Morse and Taylor Bazemore. Community Site: Samaritan Health Center
Nnonyem D’Martin and Lesianelle King
Winston-Salem State University School of Health and SciencesKate B. Reynolds Schweitzer Fellows D’Martin and King conducted a dance and exercise program for underserved children ages eight through twelve. Community Site: Winston Lake Family YMCA
Harold Frazier and Ashley Porter
University of North Carolina School of DentistryBlue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation Schweitzer Fellows Frazier and Porter conducted preventive oral health education for women and their children at a homeless shelter and worked to increase their access to dental care. Community Site: Inter-Faith Council for Social Service
East Carolina University, Brody School of MedicineGoel promoted emotional and physical health for elementary-aged girls by teaching cultural dance, nutrition, and self-awareness at a community center. Community Site: Little Willie Center
Tiarra Green and Courtney Williams
North Carolina Central University College of Social and Behavioral SciencesKate B. Reynolds Schweitzer Fellows Green and Williams promoted the health, well-being, and academic performance among pre-teen girls living in Southeast Durham through theatre and peer learning workshops. Community Site: McDougald Terrace Housing Project, Githens Middle School
Lauren Hartman and Martin Piazza
Wake Forest University School of MedicineHartman and Piazza provided a music enrichment program for children with autism, Down syndrome, and other special needs. Community Site: Centers for Exceptional Children in Winston-Salem
North Carolina Central University School of LawKate B. Reynolds Schweitzer Fellows Henry developed a mentoring and self-esteem program for minority middle school boys encouraging academic excellence and exposing them to the legal profession as a possible career choice. Community Site: Durham Nativity School
Jeffrey Jackson and Amanda Kilburn Kerns
University of North Carolina School of DentistryBlue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation Schweitzer Fellows Jackson and Kerns educated low-income pregnant women about the importance of oral health and trained medical students and residents to screen for oral health issues. Community Site: University of North Carolina OBGYN Clinic
Holland Killian and Amanda Stroud
East Carolina University School of Dental MedicineBlue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation Schweitzer Fellows Killian and Stroud conducted a preventive oral health education program for students in pre-Kindergarten through 2nd grade. Community Site: TBD
Charles Mullen and Chelsea Simpkins
Winston-Salem State University School of Health and SciencesKate B. Reynolds Schweitzer Fellows Mullen and Simpkins conducted fall prevention screenings using a mobile van and provide fall prevention education classes at senior centers. Community Site: Area Agency on Aging, WSSU Department of Occupational Therapy
Duke School of MedicineNugent conducted a mentoring and gang violence prevention program that links juveniles to resources for positive reentry back into the community. Community Site: Durham County Youth Home
East Carolina University Brody School of MedicineSingla will conduct a health education and arts after-school program for middle school youth. Community Site: Building Hope Community Life Center
Jonet Artis and Sara Hopson
NCCU School of EducationKate B. Reynolds Schweitzer Fellows Artis and Hopson will conduct a communication enrichment program for nursing home residents, with a focus on increasing staff knowledge and awareness of residents’ language and communication needs. Community Site: Durham Ridge Assisted Living Center
Taylor Bazemore and Justin Morse
UNC School of MedicineBazemore and Morse will address the health of underserved people by offering preventative screening for conditions including hypertension, cholesterol, blood glucose levels and pregnancy, as well as individualized health counseling, using a mobile van. Community Site: Samaritan Health Center
Holly Bullock and Vontrelle Roundtree
ECU Brody School of MedicineKate B. Reynolds Schweitzer Fellows Bullock and Roundtree will provide comprehensive reproductive health education for male teens in the juvenile justice system using a peer educator model. Community Site: Lenoir Youth Development Center, Dobbs Youth Development Center
Katie Cheng and John Meyer
UNC School of MedicineKate B. Reynolds Schweitzer Fellows Cheng and Meyer will provide health education for Hispanic teens, with a focus on the health burden of inequality, reproductive health, substance abuse, peer pressure, mental health, nutrition, and preventive care. Community Site: El Centro Hispano
Duke School of MedicineChoi will work to enhance transitional care for brain tumor patients immediately post-craniotomy in Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers at both Duke and Durham. Community Site: Duke University Medical Center, Division of Neurosurgery
Tiffany Covas and Aldric Jones
Wake Forest School of MedicineCovas and Jones will conduct HIV/STD education, sexual health education, and screenings at the the Delivering Equal Access to Care (DEAC) Clinic and at community-based organizations. Community Site: Forsyth Co. Dept. of Public Health and AIDS Care Services, Delivering Equal Access to Care (DEAC)Clinic of Wake Forest School of Medicine
Wake Forest School of Law and Graduate School of Arts and SciencesGrippaldi aims to empower African American community members by offering advance care planning that supports these individuals in formulating and document their treatment preferences using health care powers of attorney, living wills, organ donor designations, and portable physician orders. Community Site: Community Partnership for End of Life Care
ECU Thomas Harriott College of Arts and SciencesLarion will offer HIV/STD testing and education programs in free clinics throughout eastern North Carolina. Community Site: Pitt Co. Care Clinic, NC Pitt Co Aids Service Organization
NCCU College of Behavioral and Social SciencesKate B. Reynolds Schweitzer Fellow King will implement a diabetes prevention and management project and overall wellness program targeting African-Americans at a local church, as well as members of the surrounding neighborhoods. Community Site: Shady Hill Baptist Church
Unwanaobong Nseyo and Eziamaka Okafor
Duke School of MedicineNseyo and Okafor will expand the “You Are What You Eat” awareness-centered nutrition education program to include high school students and additional curriculum content. Community Site: Durham School of the Arts
Craig Principe and Alexandra Ford
Wake Forest School of LawPrincipe and Ford will provide Guardian ad Litem (GAL) services for children with severe medical disabilities, and assist in establishing a GAL program at Elon University. Community Site: Guardian ad Litem of Stokes County
Duke School of Physical TherapyRaney aims to improve the health and quality of life of African American seniors by creating a targeted fall prevention program. Community Site: Durham Housing Authority
Emily Ross and Erin Slatter
ECU Brody School of MedicineRoss and Slatter will work to improve the health and quality of life of seniors by creating and implementing a companionship program for assisted living facility residents. Community Site: Oak Haven Assisted Living
Clinton Serafino and Timothy Serrano
WSSU School of Physical TherapyKate B. Reynolds Schweitzer Fellows Serafino and Serrano will address the health needs of underserved community members by conducting pediatric screenings assessing gross motor skills, health and wellness, dietary status, and vision using a mobile van. Serafino and Serrano’s WSSU Physical Therapy faculty mentor will provide on-site supervision. Community Site: WSSU School of Physical Therapy
Wake Forest School of MedicineStern will create and implement a concussion prevention education program for high school athletes. Community Site: Matthew Gfeller Foundation, Forsyth Co. High Schools
Nailah Adams and Donna Simmons
Duke School of MedicineAdams and Simmons aim to promote overall health by implementing a healthy lifestyles after-school education program with a dance component. Community Sites: Citizen Schools; Lowe’s Grove Middle School
Wake Forest School of MedicineAhmad will launch the Healthful Living Decision-Making Program, which aims to train teen leaders to teach middle schoolers to avoid at-risk behaviors. Community Sites: West Stokes High School (King, NC); Chestnut Grove Middle School
Simon Ascher and Tricia Hammond
Duke School of Medicine and Duke School of LawAscher and Hammond aim to decrease recidivism by providing incarcerated youth with legal and health education, literacy classes, and mentoring by medical and law students. Community Site: Durham County Youth Home
Tracy Cassagnol and Brianna Crosby
Wake Forest School of MedicineKate B. Reynolds Schweitzer Fellows Cassagnol and Crosby aim to encourage underserved Latino and African American teens to pursue health care careers by providing general health education and exposure to health care careers at a summer camp and throughout the academic year. Community Site: YMCA of Winston Lake http://nccancerhospital.org/
Maggie Fetner and Jessica Oliver
UNC School of DentistryFetner and Oliver aim to help pediatric cancer patients avoid preventable oral manifestations of cancer and its treatments by implementing a program focused on customized oral hygiene and nutrition education and preventative measures. Community Site: NC Cancer Hospital
ECU Brody School of MedicineHink plans to address domestic violence by providing health education classes and one-on-one health education sessions, as well as engaging in advocacy, for people who have left or are currently in abusive relationships. Community Site: Center for Family Violence Prevention
Duke School of LawKate B. Reynolds Schweitzer Fellows Gillenwater aims to empower underserved middle-school-aged youth by creating a rugby program and providing academic mentoring. Community Site: John Avery Boys & Girls Club
Melodi Javid and Navid Pourtaheri
Duke School of MedicinePourtaheri and Javid aim to empower underserved elementary school students by conducting a science-based education program that pairs medical students with elementary students. Community Site: Durham Public Schools
UNC School of MedicineWhite aims to improve access to care for Karen refugees from Burma by conducting a targeted health literacy education program. Community Sites: UNC Department of Family Medicine; World Relief; Church World Service; SHAC; AMSA; Orange County Health Department
Julius Kibe and Caroline Njogu
Duke School of Nursing and NCCU Public AdministrationKate B. Reynolds Schweitzer Fellows Kibe and Njogu aim to address health disparities in North Carolina’s African refugee population by creating a lay health advisor program focusing on diabetes and hypertension education. Community Site: US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
UNC School of MedicineKate B. Reynolds Schweitzer Fellow Leger aims to empower underinsured patients by conducting preventive health education and nutrition talks during clinic wait times. Community Site: Moncure Community Health Center
Jason Lee and Steven Pontickio
ECU Brody School of MedicineKate B. Reynolds Schweitzer Fellows Lee and Pontickio plan to address mental health disparities by establishing a biweekly mental health clinic at a soup kitchen. In the context of the clinic, Lee and Pontickio will provide health services, conduct health literacy education, and screen for chronic diseases. Community Sites: Pitt Co. Substance Abuse Coalition; Joy Soup Kitchen
Michelle Long and Candice Roberts
Wake Forest School of MedicineLong and Roberts aim to improve maternal and child health by educating teen mothers about the importance of finishing high school, attaining government aid, obtaining higher education, preventing secondary pregnancy, and adopting healthy lifestyles for themselves and their babies. Community Site: My Aunt’s House
ECU Brody School of MedicineRoach aims to empower underserved elementary and middle school students by providing science- and math-based education and tutoring. Community Site: Little Willie Center
Sadie Anderson and Wren McLaughlin
Duke School of Physical TherapySite: Duke University Hospital Create and implement an outreach program for postpartum mothers with babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
ECU Brody School of MedicineSite: Operation Sunshine Initiate a program to Increase self-esteem, positive coping skills and health body image and exercise behaviors in girls ages 10 – 13.
UNC School of DentistrySite: Mission of Mercy clinics Organize oral cancer screenings and conduct preventive education efforts.
Nirmala (Nimi) Janardhanam and Teesha Geyer
UNC School of MedicineKate B. Reynolds Schweitzer Fellows Site: UNC Horizons Program Nimi and Teesha are working with UNC Horizons to offer general health education workshops and screenings for hypertension, diabetes, breast cancer, and mental health—improving health literacy in populations addressed.
Naomi Jean-Baptiste and Lina Elbadawi
Duke School of MedicineSite: Durham Interfaith Hospitality Network Hold monthly women’s health workshops, monthly mini clinics and a healthy eating and hygiene program for children.
Kasey Joyner and Crystal Bowe
ECU Brody School of MedicineSite: Substance Abuse Coalition of Pitt County Educate youth on the harmful efforts of second-hand smoke and equip them with resources and knowledge to reduce their exposure.
Thomas (Rich) McPherson
Wake School of LawKate B. Reynolds Schweitzer Fellow Site: Children’s Law Center Rich is working with Kate B. Reynolds grantee the Children’s Law Center of Central North Carolina to provide direct advocacy for children in high-conflict custody and domestic violence cases.
Sarah Mian and Reema Padia
ECU Brody School of MedicineSite: James Bernstein Community Health Clinic Promote the education and well-being of Spanish speaking women by teaching English skills, providing mentoring, and holding health education sessions
Wake School of MedicineSite: Survivors Offering Assistance in Recovery (SOAR), a program designed by the Phoenix Society Address the psychosocial needs of family members of burn victims. Provide prevention and education of burns at the DEAC clinic.
ECU Brody School of MedicineSite: Pediatric Healthy Weight Research and Treatment Center Create a mentoring program which pairs at-risk and overweight children ages 9 – 13 with a medical student to encourage healthy lifestyles. Monthly education sessions will be held for families involved.
Duke School of MedicineSite: Urban Ministries of Wake Open Door Clinic Increase children’s enrollment in NC Health Choice and provide preventive education on topics of childhood obesity, social health with a focus on cigarette use and secondhand smoke, and timely immunizations.
Wake School of MedicineSite: Center of Excellence for Research, Teaching and Learning and the a Title 1 elementary school Provide science based instruction to 5th grade and middle school children to encourage a love of science and expose them to careers in science.
Fayetteville State School of Social WorkKate B. Reynolds Schweitzer Fellow Site: Autism Society of NC Carrie is creating and implementing an adapted physical education program for children with autism through the Autism Society of NC.
Sarah Schietroma and Kristin Johnson
Wake School of MedicineSite: Women in Transition at the YWCA Central Carolinas (Charlotte) and Supportive Services for Women at the YWCA Winston-Salem Conduct cooking classes with an emphasis on nutrition and budgeting.
Bart Steen and Matt Wetschler
UNC CH School of MedicineKate B. Reynolds Schweitzer Fellows Site: El Futuro Bart and Matt are working with Kate B. Reynolds grantee El Futuro to start a running group for migrant Hispanic men that will serve as an informal focus group for health concerns in the community
WSSU School of Physical TherapyKate B. Reynolds Schweitzer Fellow Site: Community Care Clinic Alex is establishing a pro bono physical therapy clinic within the Community Care Center.
Kelli York and Rachel Dent
NCCU School of Education – Speech PathologyKate B. Reynolds Schweitzer Fellows Site: Language and Literacy Enhancement and Development Project Kelly and Rachel are providing face-to-face direct language and literacy enhancement to underserved preschool children, and providing outreach services to those children’s parents with the help of the Language and Literacy Enhancement and Development Project.
Duke School of MedicineDurham County Public Schools: Develop and implement an ACL and general injury prevention program for teen female athletes. Click here to learn more.
Ashley Alexander and Ying Zhang
ECU Brody School of MedicineHope Lodge: Create a series of therapeutic programs to enhance the quality of life and emotional well-being of adults undergoing cancer treatments. Click here to learn more about their project.
Moira Breslin and Michael Raisch
Duke School of MedicineProject Compassion: Create and implement a healing arts program for critically ill people to be conducted in their homes to provide an outlet for expression. Click here to learn more about their project.
UNC School of MedicineOpen Door Clinic: Initiate a domestic violence screening program and sustain STD screening efforts of a previous Schweitzer program. Partner with the Sunshine Lady Foundation to create an emergency fund for domestic violence victims to be distributed by the Wake County Rape and Domestic Violence Center. Click here to learn more about Kerry’s project.
Chris Dibble and Courteney MacKuen
UNC School of MedicineLincoln Community Health Center: Initiate free HIV testing, counseling and education at a community clinic. Hold community events to offer free HIV testing to specific high risk and resource poor populations. Click here for more information about their project.
Nurica Good and Avni Patel
UNC School of DentistryBritthaven of Chapel Hill: Develop and implement an oral health education program for nursing home residents, family members and staff. Also, provide denture marking services. Click here to learn more about their project.
UNCC School of PsychologyJackson Park Ministries: Use modern ballet movements to enhance physical wellness and provide an outlet for emotional expression for girls ages 7 to 13 and their mothers at a residential facility. Classes will also include time for reflection and discussion of wellness topics. Click here to learn more.
Wake Forest School of MedicineCub Scouts and Brownies, Forsyth County School System: Develop a handicap awareness program for elementary school youth.
Karen Isaacs and Carolyn Kim
Wake Forest School of MedicineDelivering Equal Access To Care (DEAC): Offer health behavior counseling incorporating relaxation and stress management strategies to improve health outcomes. Click here to learn more about their project.
UNC School of MedicineEl Futuro: Implement a stress-reduction and relaxation program based on yoga for Spanish-speaking women. Topics will include breathing techniques, introductory yoga poses, basic meditations, and ways to incorporate these tools at home with family and friends. Click here to learn more about Amy’s project.
Duke School of MedicineUrban Ministries’ Community Kitchen: Develop a nutrition education program to enhance healthy food preparation and healthy lifestyle habits for shelter residents and those in need who eat at the community kitchen. Click here to learn more.
Loren Robinson and Jennifer Waddy
Duke School of MedicineDurham County Middle School: Create an after school program for 7th and 8th grade girls to increase self-esteem, positive coping skills and healthy body image and exercise behaviors. Click here to learn more.
Nancy Shinouda and Brandon Yarns
ECU Brody School of MedicineSurgiCenter: Develop and conduct a pediatric pre-op class and tour for children scheduled for surgery to lessen possible fears or anxieties concerning the surgical experience. Click here to learn more.
Anita Unnithan and Brandy Edwards
ECU Brody School of MedicineSummer Significant Academy Club of the United Way and the Red Cross: Develop and implement a first aid program for children ages 8 – 11. The purpose of START (Stop, Think, & Act Responsibly Today) First Aid is to introduce topics such as emergency action steps, rescue breathing, the Heimlich maneuver, how to stop bleeding and treat wounds, as well as self-protective measures, in a fully hands-on, interactive manner. Click here to learn more.