"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."

BENJAMIN GILMER
Fellow for Life, 2002 NC and 2004 Lambaréné

"Because of the support, encouragement, and accountability of the Fellowship, many projects that would have just been first attempts became successes."

LAURA CONE
Fellow for Life, 2014-15
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation Schweitzer Fellow

"Sometimes it is easy to have grand ideas but to commit to something like this and take it from nothing to a valuable project was a great experience. I learned so much about organization, persistence, and adaptability. I realized that if I have a vision and am willing to work toward it, I can do it."

JONATHAN STEM
Fellow for Life, 2011-12 NC

"The current and future state of the ACA really emphasized the responsibility that we have to positively impact the welfare of others. It is not enough just to discuss these ideas though. Taking concrete actions like the Schweitzer program enables us to make these positive changes."

JAMIE MOLINA
Fellow for Life, 2016-17
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation Schweitzer Fellow
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NC Fellows & Projects

Yousef Abu-Salha and Nicole Damari

Yousef Abu-Salha and Nicole Damari

UNC School of Medicine

Academic Mentor: Dr. Martha Carlough
Site Mentor: Dr. Jeffrey Walden
Site: Cone Family Medicine

Nicole and Yousef support refugees with disabling medical conditions in their application for citizenship.

Katrina Ashlin and Meagan Inclan

Katrina Ashlin and Meagan Inclan

UNC School of Dentistry

J. Bradley Wilson Schweitzer Fellow
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation

Academic Mentor: Dr. Michael Milano
Site Mentor: Kari Alberque
Site: Triangle Down Syndrome Network

Meagan and Katrina are increasing access to dental care for the members of the Triangle Down Syndrome Network through screenings, referrals, and educational workshops for the participants and families.

Gabriel Beattie-Sergio

Gabriel Beattie-Sergio

ECU Brody School of Medicine – Public Health/Environmental Health

J. Bradley Wilson Schweitzer Fellow
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation

Academic and Site Mentor: Dr. Greg Kearney, DrPH, MPH
Site: Medical-Legal Partnership of Eastern North Carolina

Gabriel assists rural, low-income families who have children with asthma, gain control by reducing asthma attacks, asthma-related emergency department visits and asthma hospitalizations by addressing the complex social, economic, and environmental factors that influence their health and well-being.

Akeadra Bell and Briana Hudson

Akeadra Bell and Briana Hudson

ECU School of Dental Medicine

J. Bradley Wilson Schweitzer Fellow
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation

Academic Mentor: Dr. Amna Hasan
Site Mentor: Dr. Iquebal Hasan and Dr. Nada Fadul
Site: ECU SoDM and ECU Brody Infectious Disease

Briana and Akeadra are improving the lives of patients with HIV by raising awareness of HIV and proper oral health, increasing referrals to SoDM, and training more providers to deliver treatment to HIV patients.

Hannah Conley and Hannah Smith

Hannah Conley and Hannah Smith

ECU Brody School of Medicine

Academic Mentor: Kerianne Crockett, MD
Site Mentor: Deborah Moody and Teneshia Sutton
Site: Lucille Gorham Intergenerational Community Center and Jack Minges Boys and Girls Club

The Fellows lead PREP: Promoting Reproductive Health Education in Pitt County which uses interactive sessions to teach a variety of topics to adolescents including healthy dating, contraception, and prevention of sexually transmitted infections.

Crystal Cox and Brandi Montgomery

Crystal Cox and Brandi Montgomery

NCCU Communication Disorders

Academic Mentor: Dr. Sheila Bridges Bond
Site Mentor: Sheena Brooks
Site: Riverside High School

Brandi and Crystal are addressing the academic achievement gap in Durham by holding communication and literacy workshops for African American high school students with an emphasis on the skills necessary to switch between street vernacular and standard English.

Beth Haymore and Minka Hotic

Beth Haymore and Minka Hotic

J. Bradley Wilson Schweitzer Fellow
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation

Academic and Site Mentor: Dr. Allen Samuelson
Site: UNC SHAC Dental Clinic

Minka and Beth are expanding UNC SHAC Dental Clinic to serve pediatric patients ages 14 – 17 years of age.

Jiwon Lim and Niki Winters

Jiwon Lim and Niki Winters

ECU Brody School of Medicine and ECU School of Dental Medicine

J. Bradley Wilson Schweitzer Fellow
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation

Academic Mentors: Dr. Claudia Daly and Dr. Kimberley Gise
Site Mentors: Dr. Kimberley Gise and Dr. Robert Doherty
Site: James D. Bernstein Community Health Center, East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine Emergency Dental Clinic, Community Crossroads Center, Greenville Homeless Shelter Clinic, Vidant’s Minor ED, NC Agromedicine Institute

Niki and Jiwon are expanding an interprofessional medical-dental free clinic for homeless and uninsured patients launched as a 2017-18 Schweitzer project. Patients are screened at local free clinics for dental emergencies and referred to ECU SoDM Emergency Clinic to receive free emergency dental treatment and nutritional counseling. Patients will be referred to the James D. Bernstein Community Clinic for continued medical and dental needs.

Caitlin Melvin and Bryan Yang

Caitlin Melvin and Bryan Yang

ECU School of Dental Medicine

J. Bradley Wilson Schweitzer Fellow
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation

Academic Mentor: Dr. Nikki Tucker
Site Mentor: Dr. Kylie Dotson-Blake and Lesha Ann Rouse
Site: ECU Lab School housed within South Green Elementary School, ECU SoDM, James Bernstein Community Health Center Dental Clinic

Caitlin and Bryan are initiating an on-site oral health program at ECU Lab School that includes screening, a daily toothbrush program, referrals to a dental home, and educational outreach for students and their families.

Jamie Prince and Susan Zhao

Jamie Prince and Susan Zhao

UNC School of Medicine

Academic Mentor: Dr. Karen Halpert
Site Mentor: Dr. Scott Phillips
Site: Orange County Health Department Immigrant and Refugee Program and U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

Susan and Jamie are conducting health literacy workshops to help immigrants and refugees access medical care. Topics include health maintenance, chronic disease management, health insurance, patient rights, prescription and non-prescription medication, and other issues tailored to meet the needs of the participants.

Maya Talbott

Maya Talbott

Duke School of Medicine

Academic Mentor: Kim Nichols
Site Mentor: Alex Quigley, Luke Carman, and Kim Nichols
Site: Healthy Start Academy – Durham, Student U – Durham, and Duke Division of Community Health

Maya is leading the Triangle Health Literacy Initiative to help middle school students in Durham understand health information, increase their confidence to advocate for themselves as health consumers, and empower them to become health ambassadors. Teams of interdisciplinary health professional students provide teacher training and a collaborative curriculum.

Christelle Tan and Jackée Okoli

Christelle Tan and Jackée Okoli

Duke School of Medicine

Academic Mentor: Dr. Sarah Armstrong
Site Mentor: Jan Dillard
Site: Duke Outpatient Clinic

Christelle and Jackée are expanding the Fresh Produce Program, a community food share based at the Duke Outpatient Clinic that provides food-insecure patients fresh produce sourced from local farms and community gardens.   They are also creating a goal-oriented longitudinal program, Fresh Produce Program Plus, for a subset of patients with diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Greyson Vann and Ashton Lyle

Greyson Vann and Ashton Lyle

ECU School of Dental Medicine and ECU Brody School of Medicine

Academic Mentor: Dr. Iquebal Hasan
Site Mentor: Dr. Iquebal Hasan , Dr. Suzanne Lea. and Janet Reimer
Site: Leo Jenkins Cancer Center, ECU ENT, and ECU SoDM

Ashton and Greyson are expediting the dental clearance service for patients newly diagnosed with cancer, so that life-saving medical treatment can begin.  They are also providing education to both patients and providers on reducing serious post-radiation complications.

Kevin Wang and Brittany Liebenow

Kevin Wang and Brittany Liebenow

Wake Forest School of Medicine

Academic Mentor: Dr. Stan Hill and Kelsey Doolittle
Site Mentor: Kimberly Campbell
Site: Carver High School

Brittany and Kevin are working with high school students in a historically under-resourced community to encourage them academically and provide support for biology and chemistry classes.

Abigail Wehner and Kshipra Hemal

Abigail Wehner and Kshipra Hemal

Wake Forest School of Medicine

Academic Mentor: Dr. Julie Linton and Dr. Karen Geranch
Site Mentor: Robin M. Lester
Site: Forsyth Adolescent Health Coalition (part of the Forsyth County Health Department) and Carver School Road Branch, Library

Kshipra and Abigail are empowering adolescents with skills and knowledge to make choices that support their long-term well-being and protect them from unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections.

2017-18


Allen Bunch and Morgan Stroud

Allen Bunch and Morgan Stroud

ECU School of Dental Medicine

J. Bradley Wilson Schweitzer Fellows 
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation

Bunch and Stroud are establishing a referral system to link patients at ECU Department of Pediatrics to ECU SoDM Pediatric Dentistry Clinic. In addition, they conducting education to patients and their caregivers and pediatric medical care teams on dental care as well as the importance of establishing a dental home by the child’s first birthday.

Click here to see a poster summary of their project.

Community site: ECU SoDM Pediatric Dentistry Clinic and the ECU Department of Pediatrics

Molly Crenshaw and Nicholas Lenze

Molly Crenshaw and Nicholas Lenze

UNC School of Medicine

Lenze and Crenshaw are working with Spanish-speaking type 2 diabetes patients served by the Carrboro Community Health Center through a multifaceted diabetes education program. This community project will integrate interactive teaching sessions with the patients’ individual medical needs to help each of them better understand their disease and treatment regimen. Patient-led group visits, monthly insulin education clinics, and educational home visits will address barriers to care faced by this patient population and empower patients to take control of their type 2 diabetes. This is an expansion of a 2016 Schweitzer project.

Click here to see a poster summary of their project.

Community site: Piedmont Health Services in Carrboro

Samantha Forlenza and Kiersten Bethea

Samantha Forlenza and Kiersten Bethea

ECU Brody School of Medicine and ECU School of Dental Medicine

J. Bradley Wilson Schweitzer Fellows 
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation

Provide no cost dental emergency treatment for homeless patients and link to a medical/dental home.

Bethea and Forlenza are piloting an interprofessional medical-dental clinic for homeless patients in Greenville, North Carolina. Patients will be screened at local free clinics for dental emergencies and referred to East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine Emergency Clinic to receive free emergency dental treatment and nutritional counseling. Patients will be referred to the James D. Bernstein Community Clinic for continued medical and dental needs. Ultimately, the program’s goal is to provide patients with a medical and dental home and to improve local interprofessional healthcare access for patients.

Click here to see a video of the Fellows.

Click here to see a poster summary of their project.

Community site: James D. Bernstein Community Health Center, East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine Emergency Dental Clinic, Community Crossroads Center, and Greenville Homeless Shelter Clinic

Kevin Holley and Trevor Staton

Kevin Holley and Trevor Staton

ECU School of Dental Medicine

J. Bradley Wilson Schweitzer Fellows 
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation

Holley and Staton are working with disadvantaged elementary students within targeted Pitt County school classrooms in order promote proper oral hygiene, dietary, health, and lifestyle choices as well as build positive habits to improve and maintain oral and systemic health. Holley and Staton are also partnering with Greene County Health Care (GCHC), a federally qualified health center, to recruit these students into children’s screening and sealants services through the Green Access Program (GAP). Altogether, this project extension aspires to build life-long healthy habits, prevent and diagnose dental disease, and establish dental homes within Pitt county’s disadvantaged youth. This is an expansion of a 2014 Schweitzer project.

Click here to see a poster summary of their project.

Community site: Greene County Health Care and Pitt County Public Schools

Tariq Jah and Keyachtta Hawkins

Tariq Jah and Keyachtta Hawkins

NC School of Dentistry

J. Bradley Wilson Schweitzer Fellows 
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation

Hawkins and Jah are addressing the lack of access to comprehensive dental care and health literacy at the CAARE Clinic in Durham NC, by establishing a “Smile TIME (Treatment through Interdisciplinary methods and enrichment) program for uninsured adults. In addition to providing free comprehensive dental care, the program will collaborate with UNC School of Pharmacy, Public Health, and UNC School of Dentistry’s prenatal oral health program to provide educational seminars on: general oral health, pharmacy, nutrition, and prenatal oral health. The program aims to increase access to dental care as well as to change the health behaviors of at risk patients.

Click here to see a poster summary of their project.

Community site: SNDA CAARE Clinic

Ziyad Knio and Mustafa Abid

Ziyad Knio and Mustafa Abid

Wake Forest School of Medicine

Abid and Knio are conducting health literacy workshops to help immigrants and refugees help access medical care in the United States. Topics include health maintenance, chronic disease management, health insurance, patient rights, prescription and non-prescription medication, and other issues tailored to meet the needs of the participants. The program will also provide participants with a forum for discussion regarding their current frustrations and successes in seeking medical care and in navigating the healthcare system.

Click to here to see a poster summary of their project.

Community site: Annoor Islamic Center and YMCA at the Ledges

Katherine Mulligan and Yasamin Sanii

Katherine Mulligan and Yasamin Sanii

ECU Brody School of Medicine

Mulligan and Sanii are addressing the need for coordinated care for patients at the Greenville Community Shelter Clinic (GCSC). Their GCSC Continuity of Care Project will create a care manager volunteer position, partner with Health Assist/Access East, and incorporate a free EHR in order to keep track of patients, provide supportive care, and assist in finding a permanent care provider for recurring patients. Ultimately, the project will not only help to develop coordinated care while patients are at GCSC but will link patients to a permanent medical home that can provide sustainable health care for their chronic conditions.

Click here to see a poster summary of their project.

Community site: Greenville Community Shelter Clinic

Reena Patel and Rebecca Jones

Reena Patel and Rebecca Jones

ECU Brody School of Medicine

Patel and Jones are addressing maternal health disparities and infant mortality in Pitt County by providing prenatal and postpartum education aimed at building care capacity for low-income, low education, and other at-risk mothers. Specifically, prenatal education will promote healthy pregnancies, covering topics such as healthy eating during pregnancy, signs/symptoms of labor and preterm labor, gestational diabetes, and hypertension. Furthermore, post-pregnancy expectations will be outlined, including education regarding normal/abnormal behavior in newborns, feeding/stool/spitting up, and infant CPR instruction. The program intends to lower anxiety and increase confidence by providing a supportive and nurturing educational environment for Pitt County mothers who are at a greater risk for labor and delivery complications (both physical and emotional).

Click here to see a video of the Fellows.

Click here to see a poster summary of their project.

Community site: ECU Women’s Health Clinic at Brody Outpatient Center and ECU Pediatric Clinic

Kristen Rhodin and Cierra Hong

Kristen Rhodin and Cierra Hong

Duke School of Medicine

Hong and Rhodin are addressing health disparities in perioperative management of surgical oncology patients with Medicaid or without insurance who are receiving care at the Duke Cancer Institute by pairing medical student “health coaches” with patients and their families throughout the operative course and recovery. Through these student-patient partnerships, they aim to reinforce appropriate postoperative management and target comorbidities, in addition to providing further support to patients and their families navigating our complex health system in such a difficult time. Furthermore, they hope to provide an enriching experience to students, exposing them to the intricacies of surgical oncology and cancer care as they embark on their careers in medicine. Community Community site: Duke Cancer Institute, Durham NC.

Click here to see a poster summary of their project.

Community site: Duke Cancer Institute

Brandon Sowell and Kwone Ingram

Brandon Sowell and Kwone Ingram

Wake School of Medicine

Ingram and Sowell are addressing the disparities that minority males in East Winston-Salem experience as a result of the lack of guidance and exposure to role models and opportunities afforded to other students their age. Supporting Young Scholars Through Empowerment and Mentorship (S.Y.S.T.E.M.), is a mentoring program for 4th and 5th grade minority males who face social, behavioral, and academic challenges. Partnering with Petree elementary school, S.Y.S.T.E.M. pairs each scholar with a mentor, imparts life skills, builds self-esteem, and provides male guidance to stimulate scholar growth emotionally and academically.

Click here to see a poster summary of their project.

Community site: Petree Elementary School

Vinayak Subramanian

Vinayak Subramanian

UNC School of Medicine

Subramanian is addressing care coordination and post-operative rehabilitation for patients with limb threatening peripheral vascular disease. The project will use a novel photo sharing mobile app to improve care-coordination between wound care and vascular specialists. In addition, the program will include strategies to address lifestyle factors to improve patient independence and quality of life. Ultimately this project is aimed at building a community around peripheral artery disease which has long been an under recognized source of morbidity, and mortality.

Click here to see a poster summary of his project.

Community site: UNC REX Heart and Vascular Clinic

Aarti Thakkar

Aarti Thakkar

Duke School of Medicine

Thakkar is expanding the efforts of the Duke Hot Spotting Initiative (a 2015 Schweitzer project) in Durham which identifies and partners patients from complex socioeconomic and social backgrounds with medical student teams. This relationship-based partnership serves to ensure that patients follow through on goal setting, attending primary, specialty, and mental health care appointments, as well as help facilitate patient communication, and support patients’ motivations for behavioral change. This model works to increase patient adherence and trust in the healthcare system for Durham’s most vulnerable residents while also offering first year students a clinically focused opportunity to exercise their strength with a patient population where they are needed.

Click here to see a video of the Fellow.

Click here to see a poster summary of her project.

Community site: Duke Outpatient Clinic and Lincoln Community Center

Shian Williams

Shian Williams

NCCU Communication Disorders

Williams is addressing stuttering in Raleigh/Durham by implementing public speaking practices for children and adults who stutter. In addition to helping children and adults find their voice, the program will provide public speaking practice in several service delivery settings: school-based, summer camps, support groups. The program will also expose children and adults to various public speaking opportunities in the RDU area and host a public speaking exhibition to showcase the participants’ skills. This program will serve as a resource for families, SLPs, and friends who communicate with people who stutter.

Click here to see a poster summary of her project.

Community site: National Stuttering Association chapter in Raleigh and Chapel Hill and Rita Thurman Private Practice

2016-17


Erica Afanador and Ivette Landrian

Erica Afanador and Ivette Landrian

UNC School of Dentistry

J. Bradley Wilson Schweitzer Fellows 
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation

Academic Mentor: Dr. Rocio Quinonez
Site Mentor: Sara Juarez
Site: UNC School of Dentistry Clinics and Durham Technical Community College

Erica and Ivette addressed the Spanish language barrier at the UNC School of Dentistry by interpreting for Spanish speaking patients as well as organizing volunteer medical interpreter students from Durham Technical Community College to provide Spanish interpretation services. The goal was to decrease the wait time for interpretation at the student clinics from the average reported 40 minutes to less than 15 minutes.

The project impacted three populations:

  • 70 Spanish-speaking patients at the UNC School of Dentistry clinics
  • 50 UNC dental students during their clinic time
  • 13 students of the Translation/Interpretation Program at Durham Tech Community College

As a result of the project:

  • 90.9 % of the dental students reported no wait while the remaining 9.1% reported waiting less than 15 minutes for an interpreter which was a great improvement over the previous average 40 minute wait time. The patients and students report high satisfaction level for the services provided.
  • An online training module was developed to provide adequate oral health and dental terminology training for volunteer interpreters.
  • The program will be sustained at the UNC Chapel Hill School of Dentistry by the Hispanic Dental Association (HDA) as a service initiative. The Schweitzer Fellowship will provide $1,000 in sustainability funding for orientation sessions for the new interpreters and a thank you dinner for the volunteer interpreters at the end of the academic year.

Click here to see a poster summary of their project.

Erica Afanador: “Participating in the Schweitzer Fellowship this year provided me with excellent leadership skills that I will forever implement in my professional life. Starting a service project from scratch was a feat that I am so proud to say Ivette and I conquered.”

Ivette Landrian: “This experience showed me that I have the leadership skills needed to begin a project from the ground up and see it through to the end until it was a success…With our program we were able to increase the efficiency of dental care at the school while fabricating meaningful dental student/patient relationships. Hopefully, this is a model that can one day make a difference in other dental schools.”

Carli Antor and Jamie L. Molina

Carli Antor and Jamie L. Molina

UNC School of Dentistry

J. Bradley Wilson Schweitzer Fellows 
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation

Academic Mentor: Jennifer Harmon
Site Mentor: Sarah Hartsock
Site: Residential Services Inc.

Carli and Jamie improved the oral health of 46 adults with intellectual and physical disabilities by creating individualized oral health protocols at a residential care facility which were incorporated into the patients’ daily care plan. This was an expansion of a 2014-15 Schweitzer project. The Fellows gave caregivers specialized oral health training so that they may properly care for residents who are unable to brush and floss on their own and supervise those more independent residents in performing those tasks. They also worked directly with residents who are able to conduct their own oral hygiene on proper techniques. They also incorporated an occupational therapy student to address the physical needs of the patients as a whole. In additional to proper personalized oral hygiene routines, they provided education on nutrition and how it affects oral health. They made three home visits every 2 weeks each being 2 hours in length and observed both residents and caregivers in action to ensure that protocols are being followed and to reinforce the adopted oral health behaviors.

As a result of their efforts:

  • 40 out of 46 residents had an improvement in oral health measured by a decrease in at least one of the following: plaque score, gingival index or caries risk; within one month from the initial visit.
  • 6 residents were unable to be evaluated (due to unavailability or personal reasons).
  • 19 out of 20 Direct Support Professionals (DSP) reported via a pre and post survey that they feel more comfortable in assisting the residents with their nightly routine. An additional 25 surveys were inconclusive (due to the DSPs not being available to take one of the surveys or omitting taking the survey).
  • 46 out of 46 residents had an individualized implemented oral hygiene and occupational therapy protocol.
  • Created guided voice-over training on oral hygiene and nutrition for DSPs for future use.

The program will be sustained through the service organization ENNEAD at UNC SOD. UNC dental students on the ENNEAD board will oversee coordination of continued visits to the residential facilities along with an occupational therapy student. There was no need for sustainability funding. Click here to see a poster summary of their project.

Carli Antor: “Through this experience I was challenged to no longer think of a patient as the disease they are diagnosed with, but rather a human with a disease. The difference, however simple it may seem, can make a huge impact on how I view my patients in the future and will change how I discuss treatment options with them. The person is not the disease, and thus the disease should not define the person.”

Jamie Molina: “The current and future state of the Affordable Care Act and what it means to serve others – really emphasized the responsibility that we have to positively impact the welfare of others. It is not enough just to discuss these ideas though. Taking concrete actions like the Schweitzer program enables us to make these positive changes.”

Nicholas Brazeau and Anna Kahkoska

Nicholas Brazeau and Anna Kahkoska

UNC School of Medicine

Academic Mentors: Drs. John Buse and Laura Young
Site Mentors: Tracy Salisbury
Site: Open Door Clinic of Alamance County

Anna and Nick implemented shared medical appointments (SMA) as the standard of care for diabetes at the Open Door Clinic (ODC) of Alamance County, a free clinic in Burlington, NC. They worked closely with the clinic’s Prevention Program (DMPP) to improve outcomes of patients with type II diabetes by offering monthly SMA for patients with Type 2 diabetes as well as enhanced screening, group education, and a reserved quarterly SMA for patients with prediabetes. At baseline, patients have suffered from poor clinical outcomes, loss-to-follow ups, and patient dissatisfaction from long wait-times and lack of accessibility. SMA intervention was found to be acceptable to patients and was associated with an aggregate improvement in glycemic control over 6 months. Students involved in SMA gained exposure to novel models of care, the challenges of other aspects of diabetes care, and the complexities of the patient-perceived experience of diabetes.

The DMPP-ODC occurs once a month and usually involves 6-15 patients that take part in the shared medical appointment (SMA). Patients are typically seen every three months — as recommended by the American Diabetes Association — and are triaged, participate in the SMA and are seen by a provider individually at the end of the night for medication adjustment during a given visit. Overall, the clinic lasts approximately 3-5 hours per session.

As a result of their efforts:

  • Implemented SMA as the standard of care at the DMPP-ODC.
  • Overall, saw a statistically significant 0.5% reduction in HbA1c when controlling for individual patient levels and with SMA intervention as a binary variable using linear mixed-effect modeling with varying (random) interepts.
  • Overall, analysis of qualitative scores are ongoing, as Fellows are waiting for full 6-month and 12-month follow-ups, but preliminary records indicate that peer support has improved and diabetes distress has decreased through the SMA intervention.

The UNC MD/PhD program has made a commitment to sustaining the program, and Nick and Anna are currently training a first year MD/PhD to lead DMPP-ODC. The Fellows will continue to be involved as they finish the last two years of their PhD program. Click here to see a poster summary of their project.

Anna Kahkoska: “Working through a project like this changes the way that I think about health inequity and gives me the proof of principle and self-efficacy to continue addressing the problems I see through service to those in need.”

Nick Brazeau: “The Schweitzer Fellowship was crucial in affording me the opportunity to learn how to implement a program in a resource limited setting and administer change in a nontraditional patient population…My view on helping those in needs has been shifted greatly by this project, as I have come to realize that although there is a great patient/care need, we also greatly rely on the patients to trust us and let us be involved in their lives. I hope the warmth that we feel in lending a hand is conveyed back in terms of our appreciation to each patient.”

Heather Burrell and Jing Han

Heather Burrell and Jing Han

Duke School of Medicine

Academic Mentor: Drs. Monica Slubicki and Lawrence Greenblatt
Site Mentor: Dr. Steven Worringham
Site: Carolina Outreach

Jing and Heather partnered with Carolina Outreach’s Assertive Community Treatment Teams (ACTT) to provide medical and mental health care coordination to the outpatient psychiatric population in the Durham community through home-based visits. The project, Community Care Coordination (C3), was designed to (1) empower patients to effect change in their health behaviours to improve health outcomes; (2) destigmatise mental illness; and (3) help medical students build leadership skills through service learning in a multidisciplinary healthcare team. Five teams of student pairs (1 first year medical student and 1 third year medical student) were partnered with a patient with severe mental illness, and conducted once-monthly visits with their patient from mid-October until June. First year students also attended weekly discussions/lectures for 8 weeks in the fall as part of the core curriculum. Topics covered included: introduction to ACTT, psychiatry, severe persistent mental illness, psychiatric interventions, motivational interviewing, the patient interview and exam, and healthcare coaching. These didactics were continued on a monthly basis in the spring, with invited speakers from the community to continue in-depth discussion on topics such as motivational interviewing, shared decision making, and tools to track behavior change.

Students worked with patients on behaviour changes through shared decision making, and report improved understanding of mental illness and increased comfort with psychiatric patients.

As a result of their effort:

  • 5 out of 5 patients identified specific health goals
  • 1 out of 5 patients achieved a health goal
  • 2 out of 5 patients achieved progress toward a health goal
  • Feedback from ACT teams suggested even broaching behavior change is considered a success as patients often struggle with illness insight
  • Students reported greater understanding of psychiatric illness and comfort with psychiatric patients
  • Program has been integrated into the Duke School of Medicine curriculum

The Fellows have identified two third year medical students who will lead the program next year. The program has been incorporated into the “Introduction to the Practice of Medicine” course for all first-year medical students and for third-year students. First-year medical students who participated have been encouraged to continue in the program and serve as student facilitators during their third-year. During the 2016-17 academic year, the Fellows received additional grant funding from the American Psychiatric Association Foundation Helping Hands Grant, which will provide additional funding for supplies for next academic year. Therefore, there was no need for additional sustainability funding. Click here to see a poster summary of their project.

Jing Han: “The psychiatrists I have worked with in C3 have modelled the sort of commitment to their patients that I strive for in my own practice [in surgery]. Moreover, they offer a tempered perspective when it comes to approaching care for marginalized and difficult patients, and I have relished the opportunity to learn from many different people as I work to finesse my own relationship with patients.”

Heather Burrell: “This year has taught me that I am passionate about the care of patients with severe mental illness, and that I can affect change in their care through innovation.”

Vinay Choksi and Kyle Freischlag

Vinay Choksi and Kyle Freischlag

Duke School of Medicine

Academic Mentor: Dr. Katja Elbert-Avila
Site Mentor: Lorraine Galkowski
Site: Durham VA Medical Center

Kyle and Vinay helped older adults with memory loss improve their health and well-being through personalized music therapy. With feedback from the participants, staff, and families, the Fellows create titrated personalized music tracks downloaded onto iPods to connect patients with memories triggered by music cues. Volunteers and staff ensure patients have access to their playlists most days of the week.

As a result of their efforts:

  • 10 residents with dementia were engaged with 3 hours of personalized music each week for 20 weeks or longer.
  • Anecdotally, staff saw improvement in aspects of patients’ Communication, Agitation, Mood, and Cognition.

The Duke Music and Memory interest group will sustain the program at the Durham VA as well as continue programming at Eno Pointe which they have been sustaining from a 2015 Schweitzer project. The Fellowship will provide $1,000 in funding to support Music and Memory at both locations.

Kyle Freischlag: “As an aspiring academic surgeon, I can think of no greater unifying theme for my life than service…Dr. Schweitzer is the true role model of selfless service and he made the world better for it. I hope that one day I can give back half of what he did.”

Vinay Choksi: “This year of service, marks the beginning of my understanding of Reverence for Life, but the end of my Fellowship year does not mean my understanding is complete. As I move into 4th year and into residency, I will be served well if I can remember and draw upon the experiences of this year.”

Lauren Cox

Lauren Cox

UNC School of Medicine

Academic and Site Mentor: Dr. Margaret Sullivan
Site: McDowell Obstetrics and Gynecology

Lauren developed a health and wellness program for patients with gestational and pre-gestational diabetes to help them build the skills and confidence to successfully manage their disease. In addition to personalized educational sessions during their clinical appointment and by phone, patients received pedometers to encourage daily physical activity.

As a result of the program, 10 out of 14 patients:

  • Reported increased physical activity over baseline and tracked activity on blood glucose logs
  • Reported an improvement in overall mood
  • An additional 3 patients in the original group are just starting the program so do not have any reported outcomes yet

McDowell OBGYN staff is committed to sustaining the project. Click here to see a poster summary of her project.

Lauren Cox: “It is physicians like Dr. Sullivan [Schweitzer site mentor] who continue to inspire me and show me what it means to be not only an amazing physician but someone who serves others before themselves.”

Alexandra Davis and Ljiljana Karan

Alexandra Davis and Ljiljana Karan

ECU School of Dental Medicine

J. Bradley Wilson Schweitzer Fellows 
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation

Academic Mentor: Dr. Geralyn Crain and Dr. Kimberley Gise
Site Mentor: Dr. Renee Spain and Dr. Sarah Smith
Site: ECU School of Dental Medicine Clinic and ECU OB-GYN Clinic

Alex and Ljiljana Davis worked to improve the oral health of underserved pregnant women and their children in Greenville, NC by linking them to the dental school clinic for care through the Prenatal Oral Health Program (pOHP). This was an expansion of a 2015 Schweitzer project.

As a result of their efforts:

  • 247 pregnant patients were referred to the ECU SoDM for dental treatment
  • 52 out of 247 patients followed through on their referral and received $15,443 of dental treatment. The private practice cost of care would be $23,000
  • Expanded the referral network to the Health Department which resulted in 12 referrals
  • 85 dental students participated in pOPH gaining skills in treating pregnant patients
  • All 20 OB-GYN residents and 13 midwifery students received pregnancy targeted oral health messaging and committed to implementing oral health into their pre-natal care routine
  • Creation of a standard operating procedure for treating pregnant patients
  • Creation of flipchart of formal educational materials to be used during the dental appointment based on the UNC School of Dentistry pOHP model
  • Created a pOHP interdisciplinary student interest group for sustainability purposes

In addition to creating a standard operating procedure when treating pregnant patients, the Fellows launched a pOHP interest group which will sustain educating health professional students, residents and providers and train staff at the community learning centers where the program will expand. ASF provided $1,000 in sustainability funding for educational materials, pregnancy pillows, and seed money for an educational video. Click here to see a poster summary of their project.

Alex Davis: “I am thankful for this opportunity for the Schweitzer Fellowship to strengthen my conviction of the necessity of serving others, so I may live my life in a way that fights for it.”

Lilijana Karan: “This experience taught me how to properly balance my life to still participate in projects that I care about. Now that I know that I have the ability to implement change as long as I persevere, I can indeed accomplish the goals I set forth.”

Herodes Guzman

Herodes Guzman

UNC School of Medicine

Academic Mentor: Dr. Rupal Yu
Site Mentor: Dr. Abigail Devries
Site: Piedmont Health Services in Carrboro

Herodes led twice monthly diabetes group visits and twice monthly insulin education clinics to English and Spanish-speaking patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. He aimed to improve patients’ glycemic control as measured by hemoglobin A1c, body weight, treatment adherence, self-management behaviors, and more.

As a result of his efforts:

  • 16 diabetes group visits and 15 insulin education clinics were held providing $850 – $1,910 worth of free diabetes education services to 60 patients
  • Offered the insulin clinic model to all PHS clinics for implementation
  • Spanish-speaking medical students in a 4th year Latino Clinic elective will now rotate through the Diabetes Education Program to gain exposure to comprehensive diabetes education
  • The program will be expanded to the pediatric population in the upcoming year led by a 4th year CAMPOS (Comprehensive Advanced Medical Program of Spanish) medical student volunteer
  • Of the 14 patients followed for patient centered data:
    • 10 our 14 patients had a decreased in HbA1C
      • 6 out of the 10 patients had a decrease in HbA1C by ≥ 1%
    • 14 out of 14 patients accomplished at least one self-management behavior smart goal
      • 14 out of 14 patients improved or maintained medication adherence
      • 13 out of 14 patients improved or maintained health care utilization
      • 3 out of 14 patients decreased systolic/diastolic blood pressure by ≥ 20/10 points, respectively
      • 1 patient Decreased body weight by ≥ 7%

Two UNC School of Medicine students were awarded a Schweitzer Fellowship to sustain Herodes’ project. Another UNC School of Medicine student will launch a similiar program for pediatric patients at the clinic. Click here to see a poster summary of his project.

Herodes Guzman: “This fellowship year has strengthened my understanding of diabetes health care, community service, and public health leadership. With this experience, I now feel more confident in my ability to develop, implement, and monitor a community service project. Consequently, I believe that I am more likely to pursue this type of work in my career as a pediatric endocrinologist.”

Catherine Harris and Masanao Sato

Catherine Harris and Masanao Sato

NCCU School of Education – Communication Disorders

Academic Mentor: Dr. Sandra Jackson
Site Mentor: Lizzie Ellis-Furlong
Site: Durham Literacy Center, Achievement Academy of Durham, and Families Moving Forward

Catherine and Mas partnered with the Durham Literacy Center and the Achievement Academy of Durham, two literacy and GED programs, as well as Families Moving Forward, a temporary homeless shelter for families. They held workshops for parents and caregivers to acquire knowledge and skills for engaging in home literacy activities with their families. Goals were to increase family reading time per week, help parents develop literacy skills to teach their children, and increase literacy skills in the parents’ and caregivers’ children.

As a result of their efforts:

  • 10 out of 16 caregivers participated in joint reading time, implementing literacy strategies with their children for 15 minutes, 3 times a week.
  • 12 out of 16 caregivers demonstrated increased use of emergent literacy techniques from the Family Book Reading Survey with their child(ren) when they read together.

In addition to measureable results, two residents who were unemployed for many years were now employed after participating in the class. While their success cannot be wholly attributed to the Fellows’ program, the site mentor felt that the workshop played a part in increasing their confidence in reading and parenting and suspects that it had a carryover effect that led them to be gainfully employed.

Regarding sustainability, the Durham Literacy Center and the Achievement Academy of Durham are incorporating parental support and aspects of intergenerational literacy into their classes/tutoring. Families Moving Forward is trying to incorporate a parental-literacy or reading program into their weekly cohort programming. Click here to see a poster summary of their project.

Catherine Harris: “The entire project has given me a new confidence and determination to serve the needs of others within my community. It has allowed me to understand more in-depth the issues that people in my community face and recognize that I can be a part of the difference in helping them achieve their potential.”

Mas Sato: “The best thing to come of this fellowship thus far is having an opportunity (with the guidance and support of the fellowship) to solidify a passing desire to help others into an actualized service project and forging onward with an unwavering commitment.”

Judd Heideman and Shimena Li

Judd Heideman and Shimena Li

UNC School of Medicine

Academic Mentor: Dr. Laura Paye
Site Mentor: Brisa Henderson
Site: Our Lady of Guadalupe Clinic

Judd and Shimena expanded a 2015 Schweitzer project, SALUD: Support and Awareness for Latinos Undertaking Disease management which serves the vulnerable Latino population of the volunteer-run free clinic at Our Lady of Guadalupe (OLOG) Catholic Church in Charlotte. They engaged ten underserved Latino patients who suffer from type II diabetes to empower them to improve chronic disease management, overall health, and quality of life. Of the ten, seven completed the entire program. The program consisted of 6 evidence based Stanford “Tomando Control de Su Salud” classes which were held 2.5 hours per session over a 2 ½ month time period. The expansion provided 6-month longitudinal support of participants while exploring and addressing social aspects influencing their disease. The small group size fostered building of relationships and peer support.

In addition to their diabetes work, they also supported the church based clinic held each month throughout their fellowship year. Through these clinics, they were able to establish a relationship with the patients at large while also addressing other health concerns of the project participants.

Clinic administration is currently interviewing UNC SOM students to continue to assist with the monthly OLOG clinics.

As a result of the project:

  • 7 out of 7 participants used the fit trackers they were given to exercise on a regular basis. Average minimum walking time increased from 45 to 120 minutes per week.
  • Anecdotally, one patient reported meeting her goal of 14,000 steps per day after a baseline of little exercise.
  • 7 out of 7 patients felt more empowered to visit their physician and ask questions about their health and management of their health problems.
  • Social support networks were formed among the participants who regularly met outside the program as exercise partners, recipe sharers, motivators, and most importantly as friends.

Click here to see a poster summary of their project.

Judd Heideman: “This type of work has actually helped guide my pursuit of residency programs, seeking training in environments that have more opportunities to engage with the marginalized and share in the blessing of supporting life in all forms…The fellowship has had an impact on my career and growth and I feel the continued call to action to serve with reverence for life.”

Shimena Li: “Working with these patients was paramount to me surviving medical school. They reminded me why I was doing what I was doing and the potential impact I could have. I plan to continue this work throughout my career through volunteering at free clinics and offering my services for underserved patients.”

Leslie Hopper and John Hurley

Leslie Hopper and John Hurley

ECU School of Medicine

Academic and Site Mentor: Dr. Angela Lamson
Sites: Greenville Soup Kitchen and Greenville Homeless Shelter

John and Leslie created “On Belay” to support veterans through their transition from military service to civilian life by providing the support of someone who would be available for them to talk with and provide educational, personal health and other day to day living resources when the veteran requested. The objectives were to provide a link between the veteran and available resources to assist them in achieving their individual goals.

As a result of their efforts:

  • 36 out of 36 veterans were connected to community based organizations to improve their health and well being
  • 27 out of 36 veterans connected with resources followed through on utilizing the resource offered

Regarding sustainability, collaboration is being pursued with a government agency looking to create a similar system for the US Military under a more official capacity. Click here to see a poster summary of their project.

John Hurley: “The Schweitzer Fellowship provides a springboard. No matter what you’re doing, you need assistance and mentorship, and that’s what this program provides.”

Leslie Hopper: “I felt that this Schweitzer Fellowship helped to structure our project and goals in a way that made it more manageable to attempt to create effective and long-lasting projects.”

Anna Laughman and Emily Cunningham

Anna Laughman and Emily Cunningham

ECU School of Medicine

Academic Mentor: Dr. Tom Irons
Site Mentor: Dr. Robin Marcom-Tutor
Site: NC Agromedicine Institute

Anna and Emily provided pesticide safety education to migrant farm workers and health care providers in rural eastern NC. They partnered with the North Carolina Agromedicine Institute and Greene County Medical Center to provide pesticide education and protective equipment to farm workers. They also trained health care professionals how to recognize and treat the acute symptoms of pesticide poisoning and to administer medical clearance forms needed for farm workers to work legally and safely to conform with new OSHA regulations. The Fellows are currently developing a PBL learning case into the medical school curriculum and a local AHEC online learning module.

As a result of their efforts:

  • Visited 15 farms and educated 75 farm workers to adopt pesticide prevention behaviors
  • Provided over 100 nitrile glove pairs and 50 bandanas to farmworkers
  • Educated 25 health care providers in two counties about pesticide poisoning and how to provide appropriate OSHA medical clearance to farm workers mixing, handling, or loading pesticides
  • Launched an Agromedicine Interest Group at Brody School of Medicine at ECU to sustain their efforts

The Fellowship provided $1,000 in funding to the Agromedicine Interest Group for farmworker materials and volunteers lunches. Click here to see a poster summary of their project.

Anna: “Implementing this project with Emily has been an incredible year of service; and one that has taught me about community project development, the significance of networking, and the incredible ability to make a good idea a reality.”

Emily: “I truly feel that the Schweitzer Fellowship has improved my ability to initiate projects and ideas and to stick with a specific plan despite challenges.”

Vaidehi Mujumdar and Rachel Shenker

Vaidehi Mujumdar and Rachel Shenker

Wake Forest School of Medicine

Academic Mentor: Dr. Julie Linton
Site Mentor: Patrick Cromwell
Site: Mt. Tabor High School

Vaidehi and Rachel addressed the low rate of HPV vaccination in Forsyth County through a novel teen cancer prevention program which emphasized cancer prevention education as opposed to focusing on sexually transmitted infections. This approach empowered adolescents to understand the health implications of vaccines with a focus on HPV, smoking, skin cancer, and the importance of visiting a primary care provider annually. Through interactive workshops and a student led ambassador program, the Fellows empowered teens about their own health and created change in behaviors that decrease cancer risk. The Fellows met with 30 tenth grade students during weekly 90-minute sessions over the course of 5 months during their health class.

  • 25 out of 30 students demonstrated engagement in healthy cancer prevention behaviors through participation in the #healthyliving social media campaign using platforms including Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat
  • Initiated a peer health student ambassadorship
  • Through the intervention, the academic mentor was able to identify one of the students as undocumented and connected her with the Downtown Health Plaza

Two Wake Forest School of Medicine students will be sustaining the program next year and expanding the peer health ambassadorship to become an after school club. Click here to see a poster summary of their project.

Vaidehi Mujumdar: “This fellowship year has strengthened my resolve to engage in advocacy and community work as a medical professional…I think the Fellowship structure and activities allowed me to really engage in how to develop a program and it is definitely something I will carry forward in my career and personal life.”

Rachel Shenkar: “I hope to live by his [Dr. Albert Schweitzer’s] example and do what I think is right and using my achievements, such as the Schweitzer fellowship to make a difference in the world.”

Heather Newman and Haldis Andersen

Heather Newman and Haldis Andersen

UNC School of Dentistry

J. Bradley Wilson Schweitzer Fellows 
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation

Academic Mentor: Dr. Allen Samuelson
Site Mentor: Dr. Beat Steiner
Site: UNC WakeBrook Behavioral Health Facility

Haldis and Heather sustained and expanded a 2015 Schweitzer project, a volunteer dental clinic that provided free urgent care treatment to patients struggling with mental illness. While working closely with WakeBrook primary care physicians who referred patients, they treated existing oral disease and provided instruction for better long term oral health. Clinics were held  twice monthly (expanded from the previously monthy clinic) for 3-hour treatment sessions. The procedures completed included: examinations, consultations, radiographs, cleanings, simple extractions, restorations, and surgical extractions. They also held 11 oral health education classes for the patients.

As a result:

  • Held 14 clinical sessions with over $20,000 of free dental care provided to 62 WakeBrook patients with acute needs
    • Provided 64 limited exams, 66 extractions, five cleanings, three fillings, and 69 radiographs
  • Involved 27 UNC DDS student volunteers who gained valuable experience with interdisciplinary care and high risk patient populations
  • Recruited two local dentists in direct clinical care
  • Renewed the Memorandum of Understanding between UNC School of Dentistry and WakeBrook

Two UNC School of Dentistry students will sustain the clinics and the Schweitzer Fellowship provided $1,000 for clinic supplies. Click here to see a poster summary of their project.

Haldis Andersen: “By participating in this fellowship, I realized how much I valued involving service and public health in my future career. This realization has given me confidence in choosing to pursue a public health focused residency following dental school…I feel that I have become confident in my ability to enact change in my communities. This has been a humbling and inspirational experience, and, I believe, has given me a true understanding of reverence for life, and the tools to ‘make my life my argument.’”

Heather Newman: “I refuse to see my work as a business, but rather as a service that above all is patient-centered and patient-driven. After so many wonderful experiences and interactions with incredible people, I feel that I have found my course and direction. Going forward remains the test, as Dr. Schweitzer said, of staying true to that course and seeking to always serve and endure along the way despite the boulders that try to prevent me in following my path. Game on!”

Shannon Schroeder and Shane Stone

Shannon Schroeder and Shane Stone

Wake Forest School of Medicine

Academic Mentor: Dr. Meggan Goodpasture
Site Mentor: Heather Dunleavy
Site: Crossnore School & Children’s Home

Shane and Shannon created Project LEGACY to improve the wellness of foster care adolescents who come from substance abusing homes through group sessions focused on educational activities and emotional support. The project name was inspired to help participants create a new legacy of their own—to break the cycle of abuse, addiction, and trauma they were born into. Over the course of six months, they held 90-minute sessions, twice weekly, for nine participants.

Of the 7 participants who completed the entire program:

  • 7 of 7 showed improvement in two or more of the following areas: anxiety, depression, suicidality, or self-concept inventories.
  • 4 of 7 utilized the presented self-care techniques three times a week or more for at least one month of the program
  • 5 out of 7 completely abstained or decreased drug or alcohol abuse
  • 3 of 7 completely abstained from substances
  • 1 additional student stopped using substances during the course of the program
  • 1 additional student decreased usage during the course of the program

The site has agreed to continue Project LEGACY in collaboration with another Wake Forest School of Medicine (WFSOM) MD/PhD candidate and the newly established WFSOM Addiction Medicine Interest Group, and to expand it to all foster adolescents who have experienced trauma. The site is also incorporating aspects of Project LEGACY into its annual Summer Enrichment Program, including mindfulness exercises, physical activity, and healthy cooking and eating. Click here to see a poster summary of their project.

Shannon Schroeder: “I believe it is my duty to work, act, and live in a way that fosters equitable respect for all life, and the Schweitzer fellowship has provided me with the tools and insight to accomplish this.”

Shane Stone: “In terms of leadership development this fellowship helped me hone my skills in developing a project and successfully executing it… This [experience] enhances my desire to do service as a professional. I feel that once I have a license I will be able to make even greater contributions.”

Karen White

Karen White

NCCU School of Social Work

Academic Mentor: Dr. Lorraine Graves
Site Mentor: Michael Bridges
Site: Freedom House (Durham location)

Karen led three 12-week workshop series (3 hours per session) for low income, substance abuse outpatients focused on maintaining their sobriety and managing their diabetes. In addition, Karen held one-on-one mentoring sessions on a monthly basis. Participants were able to show behavior changes through self-report in journals, group discussion and individual sessions. Other clinicians in the agency and at the halfway house were able to verify the self-report attainment of nutritional and exercise goals, and medical provider report was the verification point for biometric goals.

As a result of the intervention:

  • all 50 participants were able to abstain from substance use, over at least a 3 month period of time as shown in periodic and random urinary drug screens and breathalyzer tests

In addition, 40 out of 50 participants were able to manage their diabetes through at least 2 of the following to be chosen by the client:

  • improved HbA1c (as reported by health care provider with consent from the client) fasting blood glucose levels as self-reported in the journal
  • observed healthy eating by staff
  • food journal self-report of behavior change
  • pedometer readings
  • A Likert-Scale reading at least 2 points above baseline concerning their feelings about self-management.

Karen won second place at the NCCU Graduate and Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 1, 2017 for her Schweitzer project. Click here to see a summary of her project.

Freedom House Outpatient Clinic has committed to sustaining the program, and Karen will continue providing the service on a voluntary basis post-graduation. The program will restart in June 2017 and will follow the original outline of one three-hour group a week for 12-week sessions. The program will expand to include total wellness support during substance use treatment using Wellness Recovery Action Planning in addition to DEEP and Matrix interventions. As the materials are provided from the original stipend, no additional funds are required for sustainability. Click here to see a poster summary of her project.

Karen White: “This experience has helped me become a better leader by giving me specific evaluation tactics, practice in my chosen field and the ability to network with people with whom I might not otherwise have had access. What I found most meaningful about the experience was seeing so many other people have dedication and passion for helping others.”

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Ashley Appiagyei and Celeste Brown

Ashley Appiagyei and Celeste Brown

University of North Carolina, School of Medicine

Mentor: Dr. Cedric Bright
Academic Mentor: Jin Ellington
Site: Citizen Schools, Sherwood Githens and Neal Middle Schools

Ashley and Celeste created Brains, Brawn and Beauty (BBB) to promote positive life outcomes in minority middle school girls to build self-esteem and provide skills in goal setting and achievement. The weekly after school program was held within Citizen Schools programming throughout the fall semester at two different middle schools. Each session was 1.5 hours and 30 girls participated in the program. Objectives of the program are to increase perceptions of global (overall) and domain-specific self-esteem by the end of the intervention compared to baseline measures. BBB was recognized by Citizen Schools as an exemplary program for middle school girls in Durham County.  Click here to see a poster summary of the project.

As a result, 28 out of 30 girls showed increases in their self-perception in global and/or domain-specific self-esteem. Of note:

  • 25 out of 30 girls reported higher self-perceptions in “Social Competence”
  • 15 out of 30 girls rated higher self-perceptions in “Scholastic Competence”
  • 17 out of 30 girls rated higher self-perception in global self-esteem

The Fellows recruited two UNC School of Medicine students who continued the program at Sherwood Githens Middle School in the spring semester.

Ashley Appiagyei: “Participating in this fellowship has further solidified my desire to incorporate community service in my professional career and personal life.  Having the experience to interact in such a deep and meaningful way with the children from the demographic group that our apprenticeship targeted was extremely fulfilling.”

Celeste Brown: “This experience helped to solidify my passion for mentorship, and also highlighted for me different ways in which I can impact young lives even as I move further in my career toward becoming a doctor. It illustrated for me ways that I can be effective and helpful outside of treating illnesses, and can become a part of the community I will serve.”

Nick Baker and Sarah Brobeck

Nick Baker and Sarah Brobeck

University of North Carolina, School of Dentistry

J. Bradley Wilson Schweitzer Fellows 
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation

Academic Mentor: Dr. Allen Samuelson
Site Mentor: Dr. Beat Steiner
Site: UNC Health Care’s WakeBrook Facility

Baker and Brobeck launched a free oral health urgent care clinic at WakeBrook Healthcare Services which treats patients who are struggling with substance abuse, mental illness, and development disabilities. Launching the clinic required working with a team from WakeBrook, UNC School of Medicine and UNC School of Dentistry to ensure legal compliance was met and financial and logistical challenges were met. They obtained funding to acquire the dental chairs, dental suctioning and drilling units, electric air compressor, disposable supplies, and restorative materials now owned by the UNC Student Volunteers Dental Clinic. The x-ray system and sterilized hand instruments are still being borrowed from the UNC School of Dentistry.

While working closely with WakeBrook primary care physicians who referred patients, they treated existing oral disease and provide instruction for better long term oral health. Clinics were held on a monthly basis for 3-hour treatment sessions. The procedures completed included: examinations, consultations, radiographs, cleanings, simple extractions, and surgical extractions. They added the capacity to provide restorations (“fillings”) for our March and April clinics, but none of the patients who attended those sessions wished to have those services completed.

As a result:

  • Acquired funding, equipment, and supplies, obtained legal compliance, and met with UNC School of Dentistry and WakeBrook leadership to launch a monthly, onsite no fee dental clinic at WakeBrook.
  • Held 7 clinical sessions with over $8,000 of free dental care provided to 27 WakeBrook patients with acute needs.
  • Involved over 20 UNC DDS student volunteers who provided valuable experience with interdisciplinary care and high risk patient populations.

This clinic will be sustained by two 2016-17 NC Albert Schweitzer Fellows and expanded to be held twice a month.

Nick Baker: “The journey of creating and leading this project with Sarah was incredibly formative and one that I will never forget.  Our fellowship provided so much insight into many aspects of dentistry that I had no experience with, including legal discussions, financial concerns, researching and acquiring equipment and supplies, treating patients with mental illness and substance abuse issues, providing treatment in a portable clinic, and many more.  Navigating these difficult situations, especially on a project of this scope, not only helped develop me professionally but personally as well.  I made great strides in my communication, leadership, and problem solving skills this year and also learned many things about the flexibility and hard work required to create a dental clinic from scratch.”

Sarah Brobeck: “As I reflect on my year as an Albert Schweitzer Fellow, I am filled with feelings of gratitude, satisfaction, pride, and inspiration. I grew as a project partner, mentee, healthcare provider, and person. This past year helped me to develop into a more compassionate, well-rounded person to interact with all types of people who may come into my dental practice. My understanding of how to network, recruit, and interact with people to help with future projects has improved immensely.” Click here to see a poster summary of the project.

Alex Baumgarten and Hetal Patel

Alex Baumgarten and Hetal Patel

East Carolina University, Brody School of Medicine

Academic Mentor: Dr. Suzanne Lazorick
Site Mentors: Tara Worrell and Sheila Latham
Site: Lucille W. Gorham Intergenerational Community Center

Alex and Hetal launched a girls running group and healthy lifestyles after school program for middle school girls. They met Mondays and Wednesday for a total of 2 ½ hours weekly and worked with two separate groups: 4th and 5thgraders, and 6th and 7th graders. The sessions consisted of physical activity and healthy lifestyle discussions.  Click here to see a poster summary of the project.

As a result:

  • 13 of 17 girls finished a race (5k race or ½ 5K race).
  • 8 of 9 girls finished the final 5k race.
  • 15 of 17 girls exercised 3 hours or more per week.
  • 9 of 17 girls limited their non-school related screen time to 2 hours a day 4 or more days per week.
  • 13 of 17 girls drank 6 or more 8 oz. glasses of water a day.

Serve Greenville, a ECU SOM interest group, will sustain the program at the Lucille W. Gorham Intergenerational Community Center. As the group has access to financial resources, there was no need for sustainability funding.

Alex Baumgarten: “Our impact only goes so far, but when we all work together, we not only spread our service, but likewise our ambition to serve. This then becomes contagious, and is passed on, spreading the Reverence for Life wherever we go. This is especially pertinent now as we move forward with our sustainability and passing down the project. It is not our impact, but the impact of spreading goodness and bringing others to spread goodness that is so important.”

Hetal Patel: “This program has taught me the value of patience when aiming to achieve long-term goals. This lesson is one that I will carry with me throughout my professional career. Health problems cannot be solved overnight, just as changing the unhealthy behaviors of these girls could not be changed overnight. Understanding this while still appreciating progress made will extremely valuable as a physician.”

Janice Cho and Avani Singh

Janice Cho and Avani Singh

Wake Forest University, School of Medicine

Academic Mentor: Dr. Julie M. Linton, MD
Site Mentor: Cam Kilby
Site: William G White YMCA

Janice and Avani focused on building confidence and self-esteem in young women by establishing an art therapy and creative expression after school program for underserved fourth and fifth grade girls in Winston-Salem. They conducted 29 2-hour sessions twice weekly focusing on journal writing, arts and crafts, photography, exercise, and theatre arts. Furthermore, we also integrated intercultural forms of art therapy and creative expression such as creation of Tibetan prayer flags, Guatemalan worry dolls, as well as Bhangra/Indian dance instruction. Click here to see a poster summary of the project.

As a result, participants reported the following for six weeks or longer:

  • 16 out of 18 students adopted one form of creative expression two times per week
  • 14 out of 18 students increased physical activity by 30 minutes three times per week
  • 14 out of 18 students adopted a new form of physical activity such as yoga at least once a week
  • 15 out of 18 students reduced screen time by 2 hours a day

The William G White YMCA will conduct creative arts activities one or more times each month. There was no need for sustainability funding.

Janice Cho: “The Schweitzer project will ultimately be my ‘secondary pursuit to serve humanity’ until I can ‘devote [my] full life to serve humanity’, in accordance with Dr. Schweitzer’s philosophy.”

Avani Singh: “I feel that I have been extremely fortunate in my life with my education and all the opportunities that come with it, that I feel responsible for contributing to the education of others. As we work with the Schweitzer fellowship program throughout the year, I hope that Janice and I may be an example for the rest of our medical school to help give others similar educational opportunities that we have all experienced in our past.”

Rebecca Flint

Rebecca Flint

University of North Carolina, School of Medicine

Academic Mentor: Dr. Andrew McWilliams
Site Mentor: Brisa Hernandez
Site: Our Lady of Guadalupe Free Clinic

Rebecca created SALUD: Support and Awareness for Latinos Undertaking Disease management to help the underserved Latino population of the volunteer-run free clinic at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Charlotte take charge of their health. Rebecca started this program to enhance the care of the free clinic by engaging underserved Latino patients who suffer from chronic diseases such as diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hypertension and obesity in a 6 month program to educate and empower them to improve chronic disease management, overall health, and quality of life. The program consisted of a three 6-week evidence based Stanford “Tomando Control de Su Salud” classes which were held 2.5 hours per week. There were also six month evaluations of objective and subjective measures that were completed one-on-one with medical students as well as focus groups to identify barriers to health. Some participants had striking improvements in their health such as being able to stop medications, lose weight and gain control of their chronic diseases because of their dedication to the program and compliance with guidelines set in the class. Others struggled to improve their health objectively, but overall participants reported better health and quality of life. Click here to see a poster summary of the project.

As a result of the program:

  • 36 patients participated in the program
  • Quality of life improvement average of 1.8 on a scale of 1-10
  • Average weight loss of 1.5 lbs.
  • 9 out of 36 patients lost over 5 lbs.
  • 15 out of 36 patients lost >1 in waist circumference and 8 of the 15 lost >2 in
  • One participant lowered is Hgb A1C by 4.1 points
  • Unexpected social support networks were formed between participants

A desire to understand the barriers to improved health has impacted the future direction of this program and led to awarding a 2016-17 Fellowship to UNC School of Medicine students Shimena Li and Judd Heideman. They plan to continue this program while focusing on gaining a better understanding of the social determinants of health that hinder these patients from improving their objective measures to match their subjective view of improved health and life.

Rebecca Flint: “Caring for people and watching their transformation, the joy flooding back into their smile, the change from desperation to hope, and the love that surrounds this work is addicting. Time is precious and it is so limited, often in medical school we become burnt out and jaded about the field that we initially loved and desired. Doing work where you are able to lend a hand for me has been the fuel that keeps me going. In moments when I am tired and overwhelmed by this project, my patients remind me of why I am doing it and renew my strength by showing me how much this work means to them and what a difference it has made in their lives.”

Daniel Goltz and Kelly Murphy

Daniel Goltz and Kelly Murphy

Duke University, School of Medicine

Academic Mentor: Dr. Heidi White
Site Mentor: Doris Coleman
Site: Eno Pointe Assisted Living Center

Kelly and Daniel helped older adults with memory loss improve their health and well-being through personalized music therapy. With feedback from the participants, staff, and families, the Fellows create titrated personalized music tracks downloaded onto iPods to connect patients with memories triggered by music cues. Volunteers and staff ensure patients have access to their playlists most days of the week. Throughout the year long program, they served 40 residents with dementia and documented improvement in aspects of their Communication, Agitation, Mood, and Cognition. Click here to see a poster summary of the project.

As a result of their efforts, 20 out of 30 participating residents with memory impairment will improve in one or more of the following ways by participating in the personalized music therapy program for 20 or more weeks:

  • 12 out of 30 improved emotional status
  • 8 out of 30 managed stress-induced agitation
  • 5 out of 30 maintained or improved cognitive functioning

 The Fellows were featured speakers at several conferences, including a long-term care conference at Duke Medicine, a Dementia Beyond Disease Conference, as well as the national AMDA Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine Conference in Orlando, FL. At AMDA conference, their project won a 2016 AMDA Foundation Quality Improvement and Health Outcome Award, and Eno Pointe with Doris Coleman was recognized as a facility of excellence.

The Fellows created a Music and Memory interest group, an officially recognized organization at Duke, to sustain the program at Eno Pointe. Two Duke students were awarded a 2016-17 NC Schweitzer Fellowship the launch the program at the Durham VA.

Kelly Murphy: “It is truly eye-opening to know there are so many directions that we can take the project, and having other people committed towards addressing healthcare disparities to discuss these directions and challenges makes being a Fellow so valuable. Our project has really put into perspective what is required to care for memory impaired adults, only increasing my appreciation for those who provide care for such individuals.”

Daniel Goltz: “Maintaining a perspective of service, just like Albert Schweitzer, has been critical for my personal development. From a professional standpoint, it has been an incredibly enlightening experience. Getting to interact with geriatric populations in their actual homes was such an incredible experience to go through as a training physician, and will inform the treatment plans I craft going forward. The benefits for my professional development have been perhaps the most unexpected facet of our Schweitzer Fellowship.”

Morgan Hardy and Jerry Lee

Morgan Hardy and Jerry Lee

Duke University, School of Medicine

Academic Mentor: Dr. Phillip Goodman,
Site Mentors: Dr. Natasha Cunningham and Marigny Manson
Site: Duke Outpatient Clinic

Jerry and Morgan led a Duke Hotspotting Initiative (DHI), an innovative project that involves first-year medical students in the care of Duke Health System’s highest utilizing, most medically-complex patients. Students met with patients in their home, helped identify and address the patients’ barriers to good health, and helped them set meaningful goals to overcome those barriers. This past year, we enlisted the help of 20 student volunteers, serving a total of 10 patients. We witnessed a meaningful increase in patient engagement, as well as a 60 percent decrease in ED visits among these patients. Click here to see a poster summary of the project.

DHI outcomes:

  • Across the 9 patients that participated for a full 6 months in phase II of the project, we witnessed a 60% drop in ED visits. These 9 patients had an average of 4.7 ED visits during the 6 months prior to enrollment (May to October 2015), and had an average of 1.9 ED visits during the 6month program (November 2015 to April 2016).
  • 6 out 7 patients who completed pre and post surveys increased their Patient Activation Measure score. The remaining patient indicated no change.

Anecdotally, the student volunteers were successful in helping several of the patients make and achieve meaningful health goals. The most successful story was a patient who was able to lose over 35 pounds with the help of the students over the course of the program.

DHI will be sustained as an opt-in alternative to the first year Community Partner requirement in practice course. Schweitzer Fellowship provided $1,000 in sustainability funding for celebration dinners for volunteers and patients. The School of Medicine Dean of Curriculum pledged to provide any further funding needed.

The Fellows presented DHI at the Opening Plenary Session of the Society for General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting, only the second medical student team to be awarded that honor.

Jerry Lee: “Duke Hotspotting Initiative was the most meaningful accomplishment of my medical school career thus far, owing to its scope, impact, and my personal investment in the project from ideation to execution to transition.”

Morgan Hardy: “Something that I really loved about participating in the Schweitzer Fellowship is being enabled to actually do something about the injustices and inequities in our health care system. During my clinical rotations in medical school, I witnessed first-hand how our system sometimes does a very poor job taking care of people, and I was glad that I could be a small part of the solution to this problem over the past year.”

Mary Bec Keith and Kaitlyn Anderson

Mary Bec Keith and Kaitlyn Anderson

East Carolina University, School of Dental Medicine

J. Bradley Wilson Schweitzer Fellows 
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation

Academic Mentor: Dr. Linda May
Site Mentor: Dr. Edward Newton
Site: ECU School of Dental Medicine Clinic and ECU OBGYN Clinic

Mary Bec and Kaitlyn launched a Prenatal Oral Health Program (pOHP) at the ECU School of Dentistry Clinic to provide care to pregnant patients who needed a dental home. The Fellows trained medical students and residents in the ECU Ob-Gyn Clinic to include oral health messaging and referrals to their pregnant patients as part of their prenatal care. Program also served to give dental students experience serving pregnant patients. Clinic was modeled after a program launched at UNC by two 2012-13 Schweitzer Fellows.  Click here to see a poster summary of the project.

As a result of their project:

  •  A Prenatal Oral Health Program was established at the ECU School of Dental Medicine.
  • 88 patients have been referred to the ECU pOHP clinic.
  • 47 out of 88 patients received $5,065 of dental treatment.  The private practice cost of care would be $8051.
  • 80 medical students and all 20 residents will receive pregnancy targeted oral health messaging and committed to implementing oral health into their pre-natal care routine.
  • 51 dental students will have participated in the pOPH rotation gaining skills in treating pregnant patients.

A 2016-17 Fellowship was awarded to two ECU School of Dental Medicine students to sustain and expand the project to other referral sites as well as provide formal education materials.

Mary Bec Keith: “This showed me just how much impact I can have on someone else’s life just by using what I learn in school along with a little compassion. I cannot wait to use what I learned throughout this year to hopefully start similar programs to provide the less fortunate with access to dental care in the future.”

Kaitlyn Anderson: “I hope to own my own practice one day and this project has helped prepared me to work continuously to better myself and achieve my goals.”

Rita Kuwahara

Rita Kuwahara

University of North Carolina, School of Medicine

Academic Mentor and Site Mentor: Dr. Amy Weil
Site:  UNC Ambulatory Care Center’s Internal Medicine Hospital Follow-Up Clinic

Rita created the Triangle Interprofessional Partners for Prevention (TIPP), an interprofessional service-based and educational initiative that pairs medicine, public health, nursing, and social work students with patients in the community who have multiple unmet health and social needs and have been hospitalized several times in the past year. The objectives were to understand patients’ stories and comprehensively address their health and social needs in order to prevent unnecessary rehospitalizations and improve patients’ overall health. Over a six month period, the TIPP team visited patients multiple times at home, helped to establish primary care providers for patients, ensured that they attended their hospital follow-up outpatient appointments after hospital discharge, accompanied patients to the majority of their primary care and specialty clinical appointments to serve as patient advocates and helped coordinate their care, provided basic health education about their conditions, connected them with resources in the community to help address their unmet social needs, assisted them in navigating the healthcare system, and identified system-level barriers to equitable access to care. Through this initiative, the TIPP team learned how to successfully work in interprofessional teams to empower patients to achieve better health outcomes and identify and address structural barriers and system-level failures that are preventing individuals in the community from enjoying optimal health. Click here to see a poster summary of the project.

As a result of the project:

  • 4 out of 7 patients achieved one or more of their self-identified goals, selected from a menu of health or social care management plans
  • 4 out of 7 patients attended their hospital follow-up clinic visit
  • 4 out of 7 patients achieved access to at least one identified necessary social resource: result achieved
  • 4 out of 7 patients, successfully bridged the communication between the hospital follow-up clinic providers and patients’ primary care physicians through direct communication and/or documentation of social/health needs in UNC’s electronic medical record
  • 3 of the 7 patients did not have an unnecessary hospitalization over a 30 day period

Regarding sustainability, a team of interprofessional students at UNC will continue to work in smaller teams of 2-3 students per patient to enroll new patients and continue all of the activities of this project as described in the project activities section above. This project will be integrated into the curricula of the UNC health professional schools involved. There was no need for sustainability funding.

Rita Kuwahara: “My project experiences have taught me how passionate I am about issues of access to care and how important it is for me to continue advocating for the rights of those less able to speak for themselves to ensure that they can enjoy good health without regard to social or financial standing.”

Arianne Morrison and Rachel Skains

Arianne Morrison and Rachel Skains

Wake Forest University, School of Medicine

Academic Mentor: Dr. Isai Gopalakrishnan Bowline
Site Mentor: Dr. John Burkart
Site: Salem Kidney and Piedmont Wake Forest Dialysis Centers

Arianne and Rachel addressed decreased quality of life, health literacy and mental health in chronic kidney disease by establishing a health wellness education program for individuals on hemodialysis. After providing direct education sessions and understanding patients’ challenges to health due to their disease, they focused on increasing the capacity of the center to meet these patients individual needs. By developing six engaging health education videos on kidney disease, dialysis diet, medications, treatment options, mental health and patient advocacy, they increased patient access to health education materials, which improved health literacy in both group settings and one-on-one. Click here to see a poster summary of the project.

For long term sustainability, the centers will loop the health videos on TV DVD 1-2x daily during periods of highest occupancy of patients in the lobby. Furthermore, the dialysis centers implemented patient-based viewing of the videos to facilitate a personalized approach to health needs: rounding physicians “prescribe” specific videos as needed to be viewed on individual iPads and discussed with social workers. There was no need for sustainability funding as the Fellows had already purchased the iPads with Fellowship funding.

Arianne Morrison: “Our project and the skills I have learned creating this project with Rachel do not end in April [when the fellowship year ends].  Wherever I go for residency, I will use the same drive and creativity to see where I can be of service to someone who needs it. And that is how we continue to exemplify the idea of Reverence for Life.

Rachel Skains: “The Schweitzer Fellowship has taught me the importance of serving humanity as a secondary pursuit in everyday activities just by acting compassionately toward others. If we approach each patient as an opportunity to positively impact through goodness, then we not only enrich our lives as human beings but our professional lives as well.”

Margaret Pray (Margo) and Amanda Gambill

Margaret Pray (Margo) and Amanda Gambill

University of North Carolina, School of Medicine

Academic and Site Mentor: Dr. Benjamin Gilmer
Site: Mountain Area Health Education Center’s Cane Creek Practice and Celo Health Center

Margo and Amanda created Project GUIDE, Group visits for the Underserved Improving Diabetes Education, to address the need for chronic disease management for patients with diabetes in rural areas within an hour radius of Asheville NC where diabetes is a top ten cause of death. This outreach was delivered at 2 rural clinics (Cane Creek and Celo) in a set of 8-10 weekly and biweekly group visits focused on diabetes, nutrition, exercise/physical activity, stress relief, goal setting, and preparing for difficult situations. Click here to see a poster summary of the project.

As a result:

11 of the 13 patients enrolled achieved at least 3 of the following by 3 months post completion of the group visit curriculum:

  • 7 out of 13 patients had a ≥0.5% reduction in HgbA1c levels
  • 7 out of 13 patients exercised at least 3 times a week for 30 minutes for 4 months
  • 13 out of 13 patients had blood glucose levels appropriate number of times per day (as determined by physician), 5 out of 7 days a week
  • 13 out of 13 patients were up to date on complication follow-up, including ophthalmology and daily foot checks
  • 9 out of 13 patients followed a healthy diet: reduction of eating out to less than 2 times per week, or increase to 3-4 fruits and vegetables per day, or eat less than 1 sweet dessert per week
  • 5 out of 13 patients had a 25% decrease in stress levels as measured by the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS)
  • 4 out of 13 patients had a 7% reduction in body weight

Another Schweitzer Fellowship was awarded to two UNC School of Medicine students to sustain the project at Cane Creek and expand it to another site. Celo Clinic staff will sustain the project at that site.

Amanda Gambill: The group visits at Celo have helped change my perspective of medicine. I have learned that the art of medicine is not just helping the sick by sitting on a stool and writing a prescription; rather, it is helping those in need by reaching out, taking moments to understand one’s journey more fully. The group visits help providers understand the chronic disease journey in a way 15 min appointments could never allow. I am thankful for the insight, keeping in mind always that the more I understand an individual, the more I can help.

Margo Pray: I feel as though now I have the confidence, guidance, and resourcefulness to reach out to a community, see what exists, see where partnerships can be formed, and begin to start new things and make improvements to things that already exist. These are skills that exist outside of my clinic walls, and I am forever grateful to the Albert Schweitzer fellowship for providing me with the opportunity to develop and strengthen these skills.

Elizabeth Rossitch and Haily Vora

Elizabeth Rossitch and Haily Vora

East Carolina University, Brody School of Medicine

Academic Mentor: Dr. Renee Banaszak
Site Mentor: Andrew Ross
Site: Pitt County Council on Aging

Elizabeth and Haily are teaching fall prevention classes for older adults at senior centers.

Lizzie and Haily implemented a nationally recognized falls prevention program, A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls, for 25 older adults at three senior centers in Pitt County. Their goal was to reduce falls in older adults by educating the population on risks of falling and promoting strength, flexibility, and balance through directed exercises. Each course consisted of eight sessions (2 hours each), each with specific goals. They utilized group discussion, role play, problem solving, assertiveness training, exercise training, and sharing practical solutions to develop an engaging and informative experience for the participants. The Fellows followed up with participants after one and six months to determine long term impact. Click here to see a poster summary of the project.

As a result,

  • 19 out of 25 participants exercised to strengthen their control and increase their mobility 20 minutes per day, 4 times per week, using the skills learned through MOB for a minimum of 4 weeks after the classes.
  • 25 out of 25 participants implemented 3 changes to their home environment to reduce the risk of falls.
  • 25 out of 25 participants identified 4/9 environmental factors, as listed below, outside of the home to reduce the risk of falls.
  1. Lack of safe shoes
  2. Lack of contrast to stairs, corners, table edges etc.
  3. Lack of sufficient lighting
  4. Loose carpet or wet surfaces
  5. Identify clustered areas and avoid them.
  6. Absence of adaptive devices necessary for impairments, such as handrails or grab bars.
  7. Identify trip hazards such as pushed out chairs or electrical cords
  8. Medication management
  9. Pets
  • 7 out of 25 participants reported a 50% increase in falls efficacy as measured by the Falls Efficacy Scale.
  • 23 out of 25 participants remained fall free 6 months after the completion of the MOB class

Two sites added the Matter of Balance exercises to their daily exercises sessions so participants can continue to make strides in strength and agility. The Pre-Occupational Therapy Student Association (P-OTSA) at East Carolina University will be sustaining the project and two student leaders have been trained as coaches for A Matter of Balance.

Lizzie Rossitch: “I found creating a verification strategy to be one of the most useful parts [of the Fellowship] because it was something I had never thought of before… In the future, verification strategies will be important for funding, etc.  In order to have a true impact, you need to have verification of it.  This allows an opportunity for improvement if things aren’t going the way you originally planned.”

Haily Vora: “This experience not only exposed me to a population in my community that I had little experience with, but shaped me as a leader. I learned how to have an impact on a group that was different than me in nearly every aspect, and absorb their lives and values. One of the most meaningful aspects of our project was seeing the impact of our class through concrete change. We could observe the changes in attitudes and [fall prevention] practices as the class went on, and even more as we completed our six month follow ups… We had brought awareness of good health practices and strategies for preventing adverse events, like preventing falls, to this group of older adults. As a result, they were more eager to learn and keep broadening their knowledge base on healthy living.”

Connie Wang and Kaushal Gandhi

Connie Wang and Kaushal Gandhi

University of North Carolina, School of Dentistry

J. Bradley Wilson Schweitzer Fellows 
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation

Mentors: Dr. Lewis Lampiris
Site Mentors: Dr. Kim Sanders, Dr. Heidi Anksorus and Amanda Holiday
Site: UNC School of Dentistry and UNC School of Pharmacy

Kaushal and Connie provided patients with diabetes or other complex medical needs with free nutritional and pharmacy counseling at the UNC School of Dentistry student clinics which was an expansion of the Oral Wellness and Nutrition (OWN) program which was a 2014-15 Schweitzer project. Services were provided during the dental visit. They partnered with UNC School of Public Health and UNC School of Pharmacy to create a truly multi-disciplinary approach to patient care. Pharmacists gained access to the school’s existing Electronic Patient Record (EPR) and notes were entered into EPR instead of on paper. Patients self-identified and achieved at least one behavioral change to help improve their health and students have gained valuable skills through participation in multidisciplinary care. Click here to see a poster summary of the project.

Services provided:

  • Up to 4 free one-on-one pharmacy and nutrition counseling sessions for patients with diabetes at the dental school
  • Blood glucose monitoring, medication counseling, medication compliance education, nutritional counseling
  • Worked with patients to set self-identified behavioral goals and followed up with patient at each appointment
  • Training for health-professional students to work in an interdisciplinary setting

Results:

  • 18 new diabetic patients and 17 recall diabetic received pharmacy and nutritional counseling sessions during their dental visits
  • 5 non-diabetic patients with systemic conditions also participated in the program
  • 40 DDS students, 10 RD/MPH students, 4 PharmD students rotated through the OWN program
  • A total of 36 nutritional counseling consults and 40 pharmacy consults were performed over the year were provided at no charge with a value of $3,220.

The project won the UNC School of Dentistry’s inaugural Multidisciplinary Curriculum Innovation Contest.

Sustainability:

  • The fellows have proposed and integrated the program structure into the DDS curriculum
  • The fellows have been awarded a grant from the UNC School of Dentistry to expand the program and to help maintain a long-term collaboration with the Eshelman School of Pharmacy
  • As a result of the project being incorporated into UNC School of Dentistry curriculum, dental students will have the opportunity to have successfully managed the treatment of a medically complex patient – and to integrate medication and nutrition counseling into their treatment planning.

Kaushal Gandhi: “Professionally, we were able to create a curriculum change within the School of Dentistry that will help future healthcare professional students expand their team through work in a multi-disciplinary environment. I believe that we would not have been able to have such a major impact on the dental school patient and student community without the backing of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. The school administration realized that as fellows we would be provided with the support and training we needed to lead such a large-scale project, which ultimately resulted in the project’s approval and incorporation into the school curriculum. When we began our fellowship year, I did not expect us to have such a major impact within our community and perhaps we would not have focused on the sustainability aspect as much had it not been a part of the fellowship requirements.”

Connie Wang: “Not only did the fellowship provide us with mentors far and wide, but it also pushed us to overcome the many challenges and roadblocks in our way. Over the course of the year – we started from an idea, implemented a pilot program, and were able to propose a model for our program that will be integrated into the DDS curriculum. What started as a small idea will have an impact on the future of all dental providers that graduate from UNC-CH.  I am thrilled that the fellowship paved the way for broad, systemic changes in the healthcare community, and humbled that I have been a part of these changes.”

Mary Lanier Zaytoun and Anna Adams

Mary Lanier Zaytoun and Anna Adams

University of North Carolina, School of Dentistry

J. Bradley Wilson Schweitzer Fellows 
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation

Academic Mentor: Dr. Christine Downey
Site Mentor: Lorraine Galkowski, MSN, RN, CNL
Site: Durham VA Medical Center Long Term Care Facility

Anna and Mary Lanier addressed the oral health needs in the long term care facility at the Durham VA by working with the nursing staff to create a model for standardized and sustainable oral health care. The program educated and inspired the nursing staff to take ownership of their patient’s oral care through oral care training seminars and interdisciplinary oral health rounds. They trained 24 nursing staff in overseeing and providing individualized patient oral health care. Click here to see a poster summary of the project.

As a result:

  • 28 out of 36 nursing staff felt comfortable using a toothbrush, proxy brush, and providing oral health care. This is a 52% increase over baseline.
  • 32 out of 36 nursing staff felt they had adequate time to provide oral health care reflecting the knowledge that care can be provided in as little as 4 minutes. This is a 55% increase over baseline.
  • 9 out of the 36 nursing staff volunteered to become Oral Care Champions responsible for overseeing oral health patient care on their unit and this responsibility to be reflected in their annual review. Oral Care Champions are from all four units and across all three shifts.
    • Responsibilities of the Oral Care Champions:
      • Training and coaching fellow nurses in providing adequate oral health care.
      • Monitoring residents’ oral health to ensure their needs are being met.
      • Notifying the charge nurse if additional oral issues need to be addressed by the VA dentist.
      • Ensuring each resident’s room is stocked with the appropriate oral care supplies.
    • Training videos and materials were created which will be incorporated into new nursing staff orientation.

Anna Adams: “I learned so much about myself and how I want to shape my future during my year as a Schweitzer fellow…I learned that happiness will always evolve when you dedicate your time to improving the quality of life of others. Like Albert Schweitzer said, I am unsure of what my future will hold following my residency, but I now know that it will involve providing dental care to an underserved population.”

Mary Lanier Zaytoun: “The Fellowship opened my eyes to see health care and health disparities in a new light. I needed it to fortify in me a life-long passion for using my education and experience for improving community health in a meaningful way. As graduation looms and I enter the “real world” as a health care provider, I take my responsibility of bettering the health of the community very seriously, and I can’t wait to find my role in this ever-important fight.”

2014-15


Omar AbdelBaky and Christopher Walker

Omar AbdelBaky and Christopher Walker

UNC School of Dentistry

J. Bradley Wilson Schweitzer Fellows 
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation

Academic Mentor(s): Dr. Lewis Lampiris
Site Mentor: Dr. Edward Swift, Jr.
Site: UNC School of Dentistry and Gillings School of Public Health

Omar and Christopher created the Oral Wellness and Nutrition (OWN) Program to help diabetic patients manage their disease by providing reduced fee dental services and free nutritional counseling by dental students and registered dietician students during their dental visits. Patients with diabetes were selected from a pool of existing dental patients in the school’s Preventative Recall section. These patients were all past due on their dental recall visits and were not currently assigned to a dental student for comprehensive care.

Of the 22 enrolled OWN program patients, 20 completed the RD-MPH counseling sessions until the end of the school’s clinic year and maintained work on their individual goals. Examples of goals patients set:

  • Decrease portion size
  • Discontinue/modify sugar-sweetened beverage intake
  • Discontinue/modify cariogenic snack intake
  • Increase physical activity

The reduced dental fees and free nutritional counseling resulted in a total savings of $3,081 in addition to the savings patients receive from the already reduced dental fees from the School of Dentistry Clinic. Patients from the OWN program will remain in the dental student’s family of patients for continued comprehensive care.

The Fellows were able to institute a practice change to collect anthropometric measurements and BMI for OWN patients. One adjunct faculty member also instituted these measurements into her dental practice. The Fellows were also able to institute a policy change by adding a module in record keeping software to monitor patient progress.

Two UNC School of Dentistry students were awarded 2015-16 Fellowships to continue to lead OWN, expand the referral network, and add pharmacy counseling to services provided.

Tomesia Barnes

Tomesia Barnes

NCCU School of Social Work

Academic Mentor(s): Dr. Larry Williams
Site Mentor: Principal John Green
Site: W. G. Pearson Elementary School

Tomesia launched an anti-bully campaign to increase the awareness of what constitutes bullying behavior, increase anti-bullying advocacy, and decrease the acts of bullying by children in the elementary school setting. Each week, Tomesia held one workshop for a group of 15 fourth and fifth grade students (5 who had repetitive bullying behaviors, 5 who have expressed a concern of being a target of bully-type behavior, and 5 general population students). The students created and signed an anti-bully pledge and encouraged peers and community members to participate. In develop an anti-bullying culture, students created and wore T-shirts with an anti-bully message and wrote and performed a skit to their peers.

By the end of the year-long project:

  • 10 of 15 participants reported taking bystander action.
  • 3 of 5 participants with a history of bullying decreased bullying behavior and chose to advocate for their peers.
  • 2 of 5 participants with a history of bullying no longer engaged in bullying behavior.

Tomesia is currently working with the Assistant Principal to have the curriculum incorporated into the work conducted with special groups of students with behavior or self-esteem issues. Upcoming NCCU School of Social Work interns will be able to lead the anti-bullying curriculum. Program did not require sustainability funding.

Eleni Boukas and Mackenzie Hatfield

Eleni Boukas and Mackenzie Hatfield

UNC School of Dentistry

J. Bradley Wilson Schweitzer Fellows 
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation

Academic Mentor(s): Dr. Frank McIver, Dr. Shijia Hu
Site Mentor: Sarah Hartsook
Site: Residential Services Inc.

Eleni and Mackenzie improved the oral health of 30 adults with intellectual and physical disabilities by creating individualized oral health protocols at a residential care facility which were incorporated into the patients’ daily care plan. Additionally, they gave caregivers specialized oral health training so that they may properly care for residents who are unable to brush and floss on their own and supervise those more independent residents in performing those tasks. They also worked directly with residents who are able to conduct their own oral hygiene on proper techniques. They made three home visits and three-month follow-ups to observe both residents and caregivers in action to ensure that protocols are being followed and to reinforce the adopted oral health behaviors. As a result of the Fellows efforts:

  • 30 individualized oral health protocols were developed and incorporated into the patients’ daily care plan.
  • A policy change occurred at the UNC Disabilities Clinic where staff are required to complete a newly created oral health form which includes a plaque score, gingival index, caries index and behavior score to help track oral health status.
  • Timers were installed in all the bathrooms in the homes to reinforce proper brushing time.
  • Patients’ teeth are brushed for the full two minute recommended time and flossed daily.
  • 83% of residents have a plaque score of good and excellent after our intervention.
  • An oral health training webinar was created to educate RSI employees.
  • RSI staff at all 16 homes received in person training and this is now part of a new dental hygiene course requirement.

Addressing the high turnover staff rate and to maintain continuity of oral health care, the Fellows ensured that staff will continue to receive in-person training each spring through a new dental hygiene course requirement and staff hired in the interim have access to a webinar training. Program did not require sustainability funding.

Gentry Byrd and Veronica Matthews

Gentry Byrd and Veronica Matthews

UNC School of Dentistry

J. Bradley Wilson Schweitzer Fellows 
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation

Academic Mentor(s): Dr. Rocio Quinonez
Site Mentor: Dr. Alice Chuang
Site: UNC OBGYN and Dental Clinics

Gentry and Ronnie maintained and expanded the existing Prenatal Oral Health Program (pOHP), a 2012 Schweitzer project, which:

  • Fosters collaboration between dental and medical professionals in accordance with 2013 Prenatal Oral health National Guidelines created by the American Dental Association and American Academy of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
  • Maintains a referral system between UNC School of Dentistry, UNC Hospitals and community prenatal clinic sites. Through this system, prenatal providers have a dental home to which to refer their pregnant patients.
  • Trains incoming UNC Hospitals OB-GYN residents and 3rd year medical students during OB-GYN clerkship. Education includes adherence to current guidelines, incorporation of oral health messaging and referral practices for prenatal oral care.
  • Provides 4th year DDS students and 2nd year Dental Hygiene students with the opportunity to triage and treat pregnant patients in the UNC pOPH dental clinic.

Since the start of the Fellowship project:

  • 96 3rd year medical students, 5 OB-GYN residents, and 40 community prenatal providers and staff received pOHP training.
  • 163 prenatal patients have been referred to the pOHP clinic from six referral sites
  • 92 of these prenatal patients received dental treatment and oral health education.
  • 84 4th year dental students and 34 dental hygiene students received pOHP training, and the majority of these students had the opportunity to treat a prenatal patient in the pOHP dental clinic.

To ensure long-term sustainability, the Fellows launched the Prenatal Oral Health Program (pOHP) interest group, a University recognized student organization, which will be responsible for leading pOHP training to 3rd year medical students, UNC OB-GYN residents, and prenatal providers at community referral sites. The Fellowship provided $1,000 in sustainability funding for program needs.

Athika Chandramohan

Athika Chandramohan

Duke School of Medicine

Academic and Site Mentor: Dr. Kelly Muir
Additional Site Mentors: Sally Wilson and Kim Johnson
Site: Lincoln Community Health Center and Project Access

Arthika helped empower low-income diabetic patients manage their disease and prevent future complications by leading 12-week support group education sessions of 1.5 hours in length at a local free clinic. Topics included what represents comprehensive diabetes, complications and management of the disease, SMART goals, diet and exercise, and community resources. As a result of her efforts:

  • 7 out of 11 workshop participants were able to establish and follow a personal diabetes care plan for an average of 4 weeks or more.
  • 6 out of 11 workshop participants completed an eye exam this year.
  • 5 out of 11 workshop participants scheduled a comprehensive eye exam later this year.
  • 45 out of 85 patients who required follow up care implemented a diabetes care plan.
  • 69 out of 85 patients who required follow up care scheduled a comprehensive eye exam, or alternative follow-up, later this year.
  • 83 out of 148 patients accomplished one SMART goal over a four month period related to their diabetes management and care plan.
  • 63 out of 148 patients who received a referable result from their teleretinal imaging, completed a comprehensive eye exam this year.
  • 85 out of 148 patients who received a referable result from their teleretinal imaging, scheduled a comprehensive eye exam later this year.

Duke Primary Care Leadership Tract students and several Duke Family Medicine Interest Group members will lead two series of 12-week support group sessions: one in the fall and another in the spring of next year. Program did not require sustainability funding.

Mark Herring and Brandon Landreth

Mark Herring and Brandon Landreth

ECU School of Dental Medicine

J. Bradley Wilson Schweitzer Fellows 
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation

Academic Mentor(s): Dr. Chris Cotterill and Dr. Ivelis Hernandez
Site Mentor: Dr. Rob Doherty and Mrs. April Wiggins
Site: Greene County Dental Services and Greene County Elementary Schools

Mark and Brandon provided oral hygiene education to Greene County elementary students and recruited them into a school-based screening and sealants intervention, Greene Access Program (GAP).

Through the 2014-2015 school year, GAP treated 296 children and has placed 487 sealants which is an astounding increase over the previously of treating 63 children and placing 55 sealants. Fellows and dental student volunteers taught two dental lessons — one focusing on oral hygiene and the other on nutrition — to all K-5 classes, reaching 1,200 students in three different public schools. Fellows instructed classes in both English and Spanish-language classrooms.

The ECU DMD student organization, a dental-student service fraternity dedicated to community outreach, will be sustaining the program and the Schweitzer Fellowship provided $1,000 in sustainability funding for lesson supplies and toothbrushes.

Stephanie Kiser and Laura Cone

Stephanie Kiser and Laura Cone

UNC School of Medicine

J. Bradley Wilson Schweitzer Fellows 
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation

Academic and Site Mentor: Dr. Anthony Viera
Site: Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC): Free Student-Run Clinic

Laura and Stephanie launched SHAC: Bridge to Care to ensure continuity of care for patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension in the period before they can be linked to a permanent medical home. Over the course of one year, they observed physiologic improvements in disease management, the successful establishment of a primary care referral system, improved patient quality-of-life and improved patient efficacy in managing their disease.

  • Eighty patients were served at 173 clinical appointments and 34 of 45 patients who have returned for more than one visit have improved in clinical markers such as Hemoglobin A1c, systolic and diastolic blood pressure, Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL), weight, body mass index (BMI), ophthalmology referral, and microalbuminuria.
  • Thirty-seven patients have been linked to a primary care provider within 6 months of being seen at the clinic.
  • A 50-student interdisciplinary volunteer team was recruited to staff the clinic.

In addition, five education workshop series of four classes each were held to empower patients to make lifestyle changes to control their disease.

SHAC: Bridge to Care has become an official program of SHAC so patients will continue to benefit from the initiative. The Schweitzer Fellowship provided $1,000 of sustainability funding for clinic supplies.

Kate Magee

Kate Magee

UNC School of Medicine

Academic Mentor(s): Dr. Rick Hobbs
Site Mentor: Elizabeth Brill
Site: Samaritan Health Center

Kate launched a girls running group to encourage physical and spiritual healthy behaviors for residents at the Oak Creek Village apartments in Durham which is primarily a refugee and immigrant population from Iraq, Somalia, Iran, the Central African Republic, Congo, Mexico, and Honduras. Kate’s program also served as a bridge uniting the community and Samaritan Health Center, a free clinic for uninsured patients with a branch adjacent to the neighborhood. Twenty girls participated in the 24-session program and ran two 5K races. In addition to seeing participants build cross-cultural friendships and develop a new confidence in their ability to live healthy lives, the following was achieved:

  • 20 out of 20 girls increased their physical activity by 45 minutes 3 or more times per week.
  • 16 out of 20 girls improved their scores on the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale and the Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run (PACER) test.
  • 19 out of 20 girls attended a no cost medical and dental appointment.

The DWELL program at Summit Church will sustain Kate’s initiative and the Fellowship will provide $940 in sustainability funding for race fees, bus transportation to races, and materials. Kate will continue to be involved in the upcoming year’s activities during this transition phase.

Stacy Marshall and William Bradford

Stacy Marshall and William Bradford

Wake Forest School of Medicine

Academic Mentor(s): Dr. Sam Ajizian
Site Mentor: Katie Boles Maxey
Site: Brenner Fit Kitchen, Exchange Scan, and Salem Pregnancy Services

Will and Stacy created a Healthy Cooking on a Budget series of classes for vulnerable families in the Winston-Salem area. They led four series of six classes which met for 2 ½ hours each week. Each hands on cooking class consisted of practicing healthy cooking techniques, and discussing basic nutrition and grocery shopping on a budget. Thirty-one women participated in the class. Participants who attended at least four out of six of our sessions received a color recipe cookbook with nutritional information and the cookware necessary to cook the recipes in the class. As a result of their efforts:

19 out of 31 participants reported home-cooking at least 2 more meals per week or included fruits and vegetables in at least 3 more meals per week over pre-class baseline.

The Family Medicine Interest Group will sustain the project offering one series in the fall and another in the spring. Program did not require sustainability funding.

Stephanie Ngo and Trevor Dickey

Stephanie Ngo and Trevor Dickey

Duke School of Medicine

Academic Mentor(s): Dr. Viviana Martinez-Bianchi
Site Mentor: Jen Skees
Site: Church World Service

Stephanie and Trevor created a Duke chapter of the Refugee Health Initiative (RHI) program, originally started four years ago by a 2010 Schweitzer Fellow. RHI recruits graduate/professional student volunteers to provide longitudinal in-home health education for refugee families in Durham. The goal was to assist newly resettled refugees in developing skills and knowledge related to the navigation of the US healthcare system. This year, they recruited 22 volunteers to serve 13 refugee households (a total of 28 individuals) from Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Vietnam, Somalia, Afghanistan, and Iraq. For each refugee partner, volunteers utilized the RHI curriculum to cover topics ranging from nutrition, exercise, making medical appointments, using public transportation, medications, reproductive health, dental health and mental health. As a result of their efforts,

Ten out of the 13 families were able to develop behavior changes within 2 health areas that the participants self-selected.

Duke Med Global Health Interest Group (GHIG) will be continuing the program as a service initiative and the Fellowship provided $1,000 sustainability funding for the upcoming year.

Karan Pandya

Karan Pandya

Wake Forest School of Medicine

Academic Mentor(s): Dr. Timothy Peters
Site Mentor: Rebecca Sink
Site: American Cancer Society

Karan addressed cancer awareness in Winston-Salem by launching a Relay for Life chapter to celebrate cancer survivors and raise monies for cancer care, education, and research. In addition to engaging people in the local area to spread cancer awareness, this program aimed to inspire communities, through interactions with cancer survivors as well as cancer education, to unite as one and fight for a world without cancer by raising money that will go directly towards cancer research, prevention education and the provision of care. With the help of his site mentor and a committed team of employees at a credit union, a culminating Relay for Life event was held on May 15, 2015 with 27 teams and 226 participants (75 of whom were cancer survivors). The teams raised $61,708 for the American Cancer Society.

Along with Wake medical students, local community members and his site mentor, Karan will help lead the Winston-Salem Relay for Life chapter for the next two years. Program did not require sustainability funding.

Brittany Papworth and Rivers Woodward

Brittany Papworth and Rivers Woodward

UNC School of Medicine

Academic Mentor(s): Dr. Benjamin Gilmer
Site Mentor: Linda Pittman and Suzanne Gavenus
Site: Mitchell and Mountain Heritage High Schools

To address the lack of healthcare services in rural areas, Brittany and Rivers created a mentoring and academic enrichment program to encourage rural high school students to consider the health professions within their communities. Ten students participated in the weekly after school sessions and outside mentoring held throughout the academic year. Both Fellows personally mentored a student and volunteer medical students were matched with the remaining participants. To give participants in depth hands on experiences, two all day events were held: a Simulation Lab and a Wilderness Medicine day. Participants also led individual community service projects to gain first-hand knowledge of the value of giving back. As a result of their efforts:

  • 10 out of 10 students who participated in year-long project identified a specific health occupation as a career aspiration.
  • 10 out of 10 students aligned their senior year activities and schedules with the career they want to pursue.

Their program will transform into an internship opportunity for four high school students and will be overseen by the Mountain Area Health Education Center – Minority Medical Mentor Program. The Schweitzer Fellowship will provide $1,000 in sustainability funding.

Hugh Quach and Lauren Brown

Hugh Quach and Lauren Brown

ECU Brody School of Medicine

Academic Mentor(s): Dr. Coral Steffey
Site Mentor: Melissa Arrington
Site: Little Willie Center

Lauren and Hugh expanded the Strive High Program, a 2010-11 Schweitzer project which inspires disadvantaged middle school students to pursue their science interests. In order to impact healthy behaviors, the Fellows developed engaging, health-oriented lessons for participants and separate lessons for their parents in order to improve the overall wellness of this underserved community. Ten children participated in the 2-hour weekly sessions. Fellows used anatomical models illustrating normal physiology as well as pathophysiology and students conducted monthly science experiments to encourage hands-on learning. An end-of-year Science Fair allowed the students to develop a project highlighting their specific areas of interest.

All 10 Strive High participants achieved two or more of the following goals:

  • 7 out of 10 students limited their sugary beverage consumption to 3 times per week.
  • 10 out of 10 students consumed at least 3 fruits or vegetables a day.
  • 8 out of 10 students substituted a healthy snack for an unhealthy snack every day.
  • 8 out of 10 students engaged in physical activity 30 minutes a day, 3 or more times per week.

The ECU Student National Medical Association (SNMA) will be continuing the program and did not require sustainability funding.

Ricky Singh and William Runge

Ricky Singh and William Runge

UNC School of Medicine

Academic Mentor(s): Dr. Marianne Meeker
Site Mentor: Dr. Denise Young
Site: Communities in Schools of Orange County (CIS Orange) and the Morehead Planetarium

Ricky and William developed a healthy lifestyles after school program for 8th graders at A.L. Stanback Middle School using a space related theme curriculum. In addition to encouraging healthy behaviors, the Fellows urged students to consider pursuing health related careers. As a result of their efforts:

  • 26 out of 32 participants were able to adopt the following healthy lifestyle changes:-Increase their physical activity by 30 minutes or more three times per week for 10 weeks.
    -Change one or more nutritional habits off the following menu:
    -Increase consumption of fresh produce 3 or more times a week.
    -Replace one unhealthy snack with a healthy snack 3 or more times a week.
    -Replace sugary drinks with water three or more times a week.

The Fellows are approaching service organizations to determine if one is able to sustain the program.

Christana Sola Ajewole and Mia Marshall

Christana Sola Ajewole and Mia Marshall

ECU Brody School of Medicine

Academic Mentor(s): Dr. Cassandra Acheampong
Site Mentor: Laura Sprinkle
Site: Building Hope Community Life Center

The Fellows created an after school program for girls to improve their spiritual and physical health, nurture their self-esteem, and encourage higher education. Twenty-one girls participated in the 2-hour weekly sessions held throughout the academic year.

  • 17 out of 21 girls exchanged an unhealthy snack for a healthy snack at 3 times or more a week
  • 17 out of 21 girls exchanged an unhealthy beverage for a healthy beverage/water 3 or more times a week
  • 21 out of 21 girls identified an academic track which will enable them to reach their personal career goal (college education, community college education, or job related aspiration).

The weekly program will be sustained by the ECU SNMA and the Fellowship provided $750 in sustainability funding for program materials and an end of year celebration dinner.

Asha Thomas and Amanda Cadena

Asha Thomas and Amanda Cadena

WSSU Occupational Therapy

Academic Mentor(s): Darlene Perez-Brown
Site Mentor: Tracy Dinsbeer
Site: Salem Pregnancy Services

Amanda and Asha worked to improve the birth outcomes of pregnant-aged minority women in the Forsyth County/Winston-Salem area by providing education on how to access reliable health information on the Internet. They led three five-week workshops for 30 women and topics included internet basics and how to appraise a website, teratogens, stress management, nutrition, and physical activity. As a result:

  • 24 out of the 30 participants gained e-Health Literacy skills.
  • 10 out of the 30 participants engaged in 3 out of 5 of the following behaviors four months or longer:
    1. Consume folic acid daily
    2. Replace 1 unhealthy snack/drink with a healthy snack/drink daily
    3. Engage in recommended stress management techniques 3x/week
    4. Engage in physical activity 3x/week for 30 minutes each trial
    5. Share reliable health information with 2 friends via social networking
    6. each week

Salem Pregnancy Services will sustain the project by incorporating e-healthy literacy information into their weekly classes and conducting a series with the specific health information. The Fellowship provided $700 in funding for purchase of tablets.

2013-14


Hagar Abdel-Baky and Luke de Andrade

Hagar Abdel-Baky and Luke de Andrade

WSSU Occupational Therapy

Academic Mentors: Dr. Megan Edwards and Dr. Darlene Perez-Brown
Site Mentor: Sheila Hutchinson
Site: Piedmont Triad Regional Council- Area Agency on Aging

Hagar and Luke expanded a 2012-13 Schweitzer Fellowship fall prevention project which helped older adults prevent falls, improve their balance, encourage physical activity, and increase their confidence. They educated seniors through screening events and Matter of Balance (MOB) classes held throughout Forsyth County. By partnering with the WSSU Rams Mobile Clinic and the Area Agency on Aging, the Fellows provided screenings for 27 older adults to identify those at risk for falls and to recruit individuals for their MOB classes. As certified MOB coaches, Hagar and Luke led three series of MOB classes for 37 seniors at Healy Towers, Creekside Terrace and Living Well Senior Center. The MOB program is a sixteen hour class comprised of eight lessons (two hours each) which covers fall prevention techniques and exercises that increase balance, strength and gait for older adults. The Fellows also led CarFit events, a national program developed by the American Society on Aging, to help increase the mobility and safety of senior drivers. Four CarFit events were held screening 18 senior drivers.

The Fellows surveyed the participants four weeks after the course’s end to determine impact. As a result of the program, out of the 37 seniors who attended the MOB classes, 36 were able to identify at least 4 environmental factors of fall risks outside their home environment, 22 used the skills taught through the MOB course 20 minutes per day 3 times a week to strengthen their endurance and gait patterns, and 34 reported zero falls.

The WSSU RAMSOTA interest group has an ongoing commitment to sustain the project. Two volunteers led two MOB classes for 20 seniors during the 2014-15 academic year and the Schweitzer Fellowship provided $1,000 in funding for MOB training and program materials. Two new OT students have been identified to lead the MOB classes in the upcoming 2015-16 academic year. The CarFit events were sustained as a first year WSSU OT course requirement and two events were held for 18 participants. Three WSSU OT students are trained CarFit Event Coordinators and these events will continue in the upcoming year.

Jon Andrews and Nick Tsipis

Jon Andrews and Nick Tsipis

Duke School of Medicine

Academic Mentor(s): Dr. Kathryn Andolsek
Site Mentor: Arthur Jimerson
Site: Durham Nativity School

Jon and Nick developed a first aid/survival skills course for African American and Hispanic middle school boys. Both Fellows were certified in Wilderness First Aid and Basic Life Support and Jon served as an Army Special Forces Medic for eight years. They conducted 3 seven-week sessions for 33 participants. Students learned how to enhance the safety and preparedness of their communities during future disaster situations and during times when basic medical supplies are scarce or when emergency medical services aren’t readily accessible. Topics included basic patient assessment, hands-only CPR, simple wound dressings, and basics of splinting. Each session concluded with a mock-disaster event to evaluate skills. As a result, all 33 students were able to demonstrate proficiency in the following areas:

  • Recognize all injuries and assess casualties using ABCDE (Airway/Breathing/Circulation/Disability/Environment/Exposure) assessment priorities;
  • Treat all injuries appropriately, and not causing further harm to the patients in their treatments;
  • Report to higher headquarters the number of victims, types of injuries, and treatments provided.

The Duke Wilderness Interest Group sustained the program and provided a 7-week sessions for ten Durham Nativity School students during the spring semester 2015. The boys demonstrated proficiency in disaster preparedness and wilderness first-aid techniques by treating simulated human casualties during a culmination mock disaster scenario. The Schweitzer Fellowship provided $1,000 in sustainability funding for supplies and volunteer training. Plans are for another sessions to be held in the fall 2015.

Austin Annas and Catherine Sawyer Healy

Austin Annas and Catherine Sawyer Healy

WSSU Physical Therapy

Academic Mentor(s): Dr. Sara Migliarese and Dr. Nancy Smith
Site Mentor: Beverly Carter-Levy and Clarice Rynes
Site: WSSU RAMSOTA and Mount Zion Senior Day Care

Austin and Catherine provided assessments for adults ages 50 and older observing for deficits in lower extremity strength/grip strength, decreased gait speed, altered balance, fatigue/decreased activity with ambulation, and nutritional intake in underserved communities of eastern Winston-Salem using the WSSU Mobile Clinic and community sites. They offered referrals to an exercise class that was held twice a week for 40 minute sessions led by the Fellows over the course of six weeks. They also provided information for at home exercises and education to improve one or more deficits identified.

They screened 76 adults, 62 of whom met the criteria for pre-frail or frail. Of the 62 individuals identified with deficits, 34 received nutritional information and attended the exercise classes led by the Fellows. The remaining 28 received nutritional information and home exercises to address deficits.

Of the 34 who attended the exercise program, 27 progressed in 2 to 3 of the 5 criteria including balance, gait speed, LE strength and grip strength.

Two leaders in the Mount Zion Senior Day Care assisted with the Fellow led exercise sessions and sustained the classes on a twice a week basis for 18 participants this past year. The Fellows provided these leaders with supplies and written instructions for exercises, as well as training on how to identify individuals with deficits. Plans are to continue the classes in the upcoming year.

Sasha Bouldin and Taylor Clawson

Sasha Bouldin and Taylor Clawson

NCCU Social Work

Academic Mentor(s): Dionne Moore
Site Mentor: Jin Ellington, Kadeisha Kilgore, Mone Smith
Site: Citizen Schools

Sasha and Taylor worked to improve the holistic health of at-risk adolescent girls by providing an afterschool health education program. They partnered with Citizen Schools to launch Girls S.T.R.I.V.E. (Stay True to Responsibility, Individuality, Value and Excellence) at Lowe’s Grove and Neal Middle Schools in Durham. They addressed various aspects of social, mental, and physical health through weekly workshops to encourage young girls to incorporate new healthy practices into their daily routines. Success in this project was measured by the participants’ ability to implement healthy strategies into their self- care routine for four weeks and present these plans to their community.

Sixty-one girls participated in the 10-week long program held in the fall and the spring and they developed a self-care plan of physical, mental, and social health behaviors to enrich their overall health. Forty-five of the 61 participants incorporated at least two skills from their personalized self-care routine for four weeks or more.

The Fellows are currently working with their Academic Mentor(s) to identify a pair of students who could lead the project for social work course credit.

Corey Bradley and John Luttrell

Corey Bradley and John Luttrell

Wake Forest School of Medicine

Academic Mentor(s): Dr. Guy Palmes
Site Mentor: Mary Bolton
Site: El Buen Pastor Latino Community Center

Corey and John addressed the physical and mental health disparities that face Latino middle school and high school youth by conducting weekly wellness workshops throughout the academic year. As a measure of impact, 18 out of 20 participants adopted two or more healthy behaviors which exceeded the Fellows original goal. Of the 20 participants in the year-long program: 19 out of 20 participated in physical activity four or more times per week for 30 minutes at a time, and 18 out of 20 reported eliminating drug, alcohol and cigarette use. Only 8 out of the 20 were able to choose a healthy snack over an unhealthy one on a daily basis as their access to healthy options were limited making this a difficult option to achieve. The Fellows also wanted participants to improve their total score on the Pediatrics Symptoms Checklist Youth Report by at least 7 points but the data was inconclusive, therefore the Fellows were unable to use this as a measure.

Corey and John continued to lead the program during the 2014-15 academic year with the help of Wake Forest School of Medicine’s Latino Medical Student Association. The interest group will create leadership roles within their organization so they can continue to sustain the project for years to come. The project evolved into a mentoring program that paired 12 medical students with the El Buen Pastor youth. Each youth created 3 health goals that they worked with the medical student to achieve throughout the year. Two LMSA members will be sustaining the program in the upcoming year.

Zerita Buchanan

Zerita Buchanan

UNC School of Dentistry

J. Bradley Wilson Schweitzer Fellows 
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation

Academic Mentor(s): Dr. Jennifer Webster-Cyriaque
Site Mentor: Dr. Sharon Elliott-Bynum
Site: SNDA CAARE Clinic

Zerita addressed oral health disparities in low socioeconomic families at the CAARE Clinic. She focused on helping HIV+ patients and their families avoid and/or lessen the impact of problematic oral lesions commonly seen secondary to HIV diagnosis and/or treatment. The Fellow was able to devote two appointments per week for dental care of patients who had completed her oral health education session. $844 of free dental care was provided to 13 HIV+ patients. In addition, two referrals were made to UNC Hospital Dental Clinic for further treatment.

In order to dispel myths concerning treating HIV+ patients, Zerita held a lunch and learn at the dental school. As a result, 42 dental students signed a pledge that they would actively help eliminate stigmas in the dental community regarding patient’s living with HIV/AIDS as an example of their commitment to providing compassionate care to this population.

The UNC chapter of the SNDA will sustain the project and the Schweitzer Fellowship provided funding for clinic equipment. Research about the manifestations of HIV-related oral disease was presented to students, faculty, and staff at the Dental Research and Review Day and will be presented at Old North State Dental Society Convention. SNDA was unable to specific recruit HIV+ patients to the clinic this past year, but will rededicate efforts to doing so in the upcoming year.

Rob Christensen and Lauren Katz

Rob Christensen and Lauren Katz

UNC School of Dentistry

J. Bradley Wilson Schweitzer Fellows 
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation

Academic Mentor(s)s: Dr. Rocio Quinonez and Dr. Tim Wright
Site Mentor: Dr. John Christensen
Site: Jordan High School and Durham YMCA

The “Guard Your Smile” mouthguard program addressed sports related oral trauma prevention. Seventy-five student basketball and soccer athletes at Durham Public Schools received $15,000 worth of custom fabricated mouthguards and oral trauma management instruction. Initially, coaches and student athletes were very enthusiastic and showed compliance in wearing the custom mouthguards. However, surprise checking at sports events led to the realization that the actual rate of compliance was extremely low. This was ultimately found to be a result of mouthguard usage not being supported in the sports culture. Surveys indicated the athletes were extremely concerned with image and wearing mouthguards were deemed “not cool.” Therefore, the Fellows shifted focus to Durham YMCA 8 and 9 year old basketball athletes as parents were seen as influencers with this population. Of the 20 YMCA basketball players in their program, 10 had standard mouthguards purchased by their parents and were wearing them on a consistent basis.

The Fellows established the “Guard Your Smile” interest group at the UNC School of Dentistry consisting of approximately 50 members. They identified volunteers among this group to lead the project during the upcoming 2015-16 school year.

Amber Heckart and Lucy Muhirwa

Amber Heckart and Lucy Muhirwa

Amber Heckart and Lucy Muhirwa

Academic Mentor(s): Dr. Tom Irons
Site Mentor: Dr. Debbie Chavez
Site: James Bernstein Center and Literacy Volunteers Pitt County

Amber and Lucy expanded a 2009-10 Schweitzer project (ALMAS: Alcancemos las Metas/Let’s Reach our Goals) which promoted the education and well-being of Spanish speaking women in eastern North Carolina for the past five years. In addition to the weekly 2-hour personal instruction classes for the women to help improve their English speaking, the Fellows added a component to address the literacy needs of the participants’ children. The children participated in guided reading activities, vocabulary word building exercises, group storytelling, and homework assistance. The Fellows collected over 300 books to create an ALMAS library which served as a classroom and lending resource.

Of the 36 children who participated in the program:

  • 22 increased their literacy level by a half-grade or higher
  • 25 completed a new book each week for 30 minutes for 4 consecutive months or longer
  • 30 demonstrated one or more healthier behaviors for 4 or more weeks including:
    • 27 increased physical activity by 30 minutes 3 times per week
    • 30 replaced one unhealthy snack with a healthy snack
    • 30 increased consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables

Fifteen of 26 Hispanic mothers read with their children twice a week for 30 minutes for 4 consecutive months or longer.

ALMAS was sustained by the medical students at Brody School of Medicine and the Spanish Club at ECU with funding provided by the NC Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. In the fall 2014, 13 mothers and 11 children participated in the weekly sessions. In the spring, that number increased to 17 mothers and 12 children. Next year, two rising 2nd year medical students will lead ALMAS in coordination with our current undergraduate liaison leader.

Leilah Langston and Gabrielle Jackson

Leilah Langston and Gabrielle Jackson

UNC School of Dentistry

J. Bradley Wilson Schweitzer Fellows 
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation

Academic Mentor(s): Dr. Allen Samuelson and Dr. Xi Chen
Site Mentor: Sally Wilson and Krystal Holman
Site: Project Access and Lincoln Community Health Center

Leilah and Gabby developed an oral health education series for seniors consisting of 6 lesson plans focusing on how oral health effects overall health, tooth decay and saliva production, proper oral hygiene, nutrition, oral manifestations of systemic disease, and periodontal disease. Sessions were held at J. J. Henderson residential facility for seniors and Lincoln Community Health Center. As a result of the program, of the 127 seniors who participated, 79 brush and floss twice a day and 122 are checking for new or suspicious legions on a monthly basis. All of the 8 participants who self-identified as having dry mouth issues are conducting dry mouth prevention strategies. The Fellows were able to link 56 Lincoln County patients who successfully completed all 6 lessons with a volunteer dentist within the Project Access network. To date, 47 have had dental screening appointments and their treatment needs identified. As of April 1, 2014, $15,683 worth of dental care was provided at no cost to 23 patients. The free services provided include: simple and surgical extractions, silver and tooth-colored fillings, routine cleanings, complex cleanings, partials (minus the lab fees), crowns and x-rays. Dental services will be provided to the remaining 33 participants in the upcoming months.

The educational series will be sustained by the Schweitzer Fellows and by UNC School of Dentistry students. They will offer two series at Lincoln Community Health Center and Project Access will provide free dental services to those who successful complete the course. The Schweitzer Fellowship provided sustainability funding for end of session dinners. In the future, it is expected for the SNDA to sustain the courses.

Katy Liu

Katy Liu

UNC School of Medicine

Academic and Site Mentor: Dr. Adam Goldstein
Site: Student Action Health Coalition (SHAC)

Katy developed a smoking cessation counseling program for a student run clinic. Smokers motivated to quit were counseled using a variety of methods: in-house and follow-up counseling, and referrals to Quitline NC for access to free pharmacologic agents (nicotine patches, gum). Overall, of the 48 smokers who were counseled in-house about smoking cessation, 10 reduced the number of cigarettes smoked per day and 2 quit smoking entirely.

Katy implemented a systems change within the clinic to identify smokers using the patient intake form and determine patient interest in smoking cessation counseling. Eighty-two SHAC Public Health volunteers were educated on smoking cessation counseling 14 who have referred one or more patients to the smoking cessation program. SHAC Public Health volunteer training now incorporates smoking cessation counseling.

Joseph McAbee and Alston James

Joseph McAbee and Alston James

Wake Forest School of Medicine

Academic Mentor(s): Dr. Patrick Ober
Site Mentor: Dr. Joseph Skelton
Site: Brenner Fit

Alston and Joseph developed StronGuys, a mentored strength training and wellness program for obese or overweight teenage boys. The Fellows partnered with Brenner Fit to hold the sessions for boys twice a week for six week sessions and for youth at Valley Academy Middle School. The Fellows demonstrated the importance of exercise, nutrition, and decreasing screen time to enhancing overall health. Participants set individual health goals and practiced proper exercise techniques and exercise regimens that can be done anywhere with little equipment. As a result, of the 111 children who participated in the program, they were to meet their goal of exercising three or more times per week for 30 minutes at a time. In addition, they decreased their screen time by 1.3 hours per day and met a self-identified nutrition goal. Surveys indicated 88 out of the 111 participants felt confident that they can continue to find ways to be physically active and exercise, be physically active or exercise even if they have no access to a gym or training facility, and set aside time for a physical activity program like walking, jogging, swimming, biking, or other continuous activities for at least 30 minutes, 3 times per week.

A local chapter of a Wake Forest University Sigma Chi fraternity sustained the StronGuys offering a six-week program for 9 young men in the fall and a four-week session for 7 participants in the spring. Several volunteers from the fraternity were trained through Brenner FIT to lead the sessions. The Fellows provided an operations manual to be used by the fraternity for the fall session and to serve as a community resource for organizations interested in providing strength training and healthy lifestyle education for obese or overweight youth in their area. The program will continued to be offered in the upcoming year.

Kira Mengistu

Kira Mengistu

UNC School of Medicine

Academic Mentor(s): Dr. Beat Steiner
Site Mentor: Sherry Hay
Site: Piedmont Health Carrboro

Kira improved the health of low income individuals with diabetes and hypertension by leading chronic disease self-management workshops offering patient-centered, participatory and culturally appropriate health education. The curriculum was based on the Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshops with 2.5 hour classes held for 6 weeks. Katie led four workshop series with an average of 5 to 10 people attending each class. Four lay people were trained to co-lead the classes. Twenty-four patients successful completed the entire 6-week program. Of the 24 patients, 19 completed their self-identified weekly action plans and all 24 indicated they adopted one or more healthy behaviors to address their disease self-management. Sixteen of the 24 participants were maintaining their personalized exercise and nutrition plans six weeks after the course.

The workshops will continue to be offered at Piedmont Health. There are now a dozen trained Living Healthy leaders in the area and a new partnership has been created between UNC Family Medicine and the PHS sites. One workshop was held with an average attendance of 12 and 9 people completing the entire series. Another workshop is currently being held with 6 people. A third workshop is scheduled for early summer and is targeted for Spanish speakers. Classes will continue to be sustained in the upcoming year.

Jill Palchinsky and Claudia Douglas

Jill Palchinsky and Claudia Douglas

ECU School of Medicine

Academic Mentor(s): Dr. Roytesa Savage
Site Mentor: Dale Floyd and Jameka Patrick
Site: Dobbs Youth Development Center

Jill and Claudia expanded a reproductive health project launched by two 2011-12 Schweitzer Fellows to include domestic violence prevention for male juveniles at a detention center. The Fellows met with the teens on a weekly basis focusing on interactive discussions to provide a lifelong impact on health literacy and education, as well as teen dating and domestic violence prevention, and seek to offer skills that will empower the boys as they transition back into the community. The Fellows covered the following topics using both the King County Curriculum and Love is Not Abuse (LINA) from BreaktheCycle: reproductive health, pregnancy prevention, sexually transmitted disease prevention, domestic violence and teen partner violence prevention, and anti-bullying behaviors.

Overall, 60 incarcerated male juveniles participated in the program. Of the 40 young men who participated in the first semester, 25 chose to write a pledge and sign it affirming the lessons they will apply. All 20 participants in the second semester chose to participate in the Hand Project where they were asked to think of a word or phrase that they want to remember from the project when faced with challenges and tough decisions in the future and write it on their hands in the form of a pledge. The participants took pictures of their hands which they can keep. As an inspiration and motivating force, the Fellows created a photo collage for display in their housing units. The pledge and hand project photos were evidence of the participant’s commitment to the healthy behaviors espoused by the program.

Brody’s Student National Medical Association sustained the project and the Schweitzer Fellowship provided sustainability funds for snacks and program materials. Weekly sessions were held for ten inmates in the fall and the program repeated with a different set of inmates (13) in the spring. An SNMA member has been identified to lead the program in the upcoming 2015-16 academic year.

Brittany Pierce

Brittany Pierce

Duke School of Medicine

Academic Mentor(s): Dr. Barb Sheline
Site Mentor: Gina Upchurch
Site: Senior PharmAssist

By partnering with Senior PharmAssist, Brittany developed Seniors Engage for Health (SEFH) to help older adults in Durham gain a greater understanding of the basics of Medicare and learn how to avoid Medicare fraud, to promote greater participation and engagement in encounters with healthcare providers, and assist seniors in finding community resources such as medication therapy management, medication payment assistance, Medicare counseling services, and community-based organization referral. Brittany provided large group sessions for seniors at senior centers, local churches, women’s groups, and Durham Housing Authority sites. An in-depth initial session would average two hours (from one to four hours) depending on the number of participants in each group. A follow up session provided more in-depth Medicare information, answered questions, and encouraged health behaviors. Furthermore, one on one sessions were provided to those who needed personal guidance.

Brittany greatly exceeded her initial goal of having 100 out of 150 seniors engage in two healthy behaviors by participating in SEFH. Of the 260 seniors who participated in the program, 227 made a checklist of questions for their provider, 250 initiated a conversation with a health care provider about an unaddressed concern, 198 completed a medication reconciliation card, and 177 scheduled or attended an appointment for preventive services. Eighteen seniors also made an appointment with Senior PharmAssist after attending SEFH.

Staff and volunteers from Senior PharmAssist are sustaining SEFH. Previously, Senior PharmAssist did not have such an outreach program and they will now be able to capitalize on the community connections the Fellow developed.

2012-13


Logan Barbour and Daniel Metzger

Winston-Salem State University School of Health and Sciences

Kate 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

Milele Bynum

University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Bynum 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 Medicine

Blue 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 Medicine

Cocce 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 Medicine

Colmer 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 Medicine

Blue 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 Sciences

Kate 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 Dentistry

Blue 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

Nikita Goel

East Carolina University, Brody School of Medicine

Goel 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 Sciences

Kate 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 Medicine

Hartman 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

Iyanna Henry

North Carolina Central University School of Law

Kate 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 Dentistry

Blue 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 Medicine

Blue 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 Sciences

Kate 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

James Nugent

Duke School of Medicine

Nugent 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

Parteek Singla

East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine

Singla will conduct a health education and arts after-school program for middle school youth. Community Site: Building Hope Community Life Center

2011-12


Jonet Artis and Sara Hopson

NCCU School of Education

Kate 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 Medicine

Bazemore 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 Medicine

Kate 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 Medicine

Kate 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

Bryan Choi

Duke School of Medicine

Choi 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 Medicine

Covas 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

Michael Grippaldi

Wake Forest School of Law and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Grippaldi 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

Laura Larion

ECU Thomas Harriott College of Arts and Sciences

Larion 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

Linda King

NCCU College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Kate 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 Medicine

Nseyo 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 Law

Principe 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

Kelly Raney

Duke School of Physical Therapy

Raney 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 Medicine

Ross 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 Therapy

Kate 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

Jonathan Stem

Wake Forest School of Medicine

Stern will create and implement a concussion prevention education program for high school athletes. Community Site: Matthew Gfeller Foundation, Forsyth Co. High Schools

2010-11


Nailah Adams and Donna Simmons

Duke School of Medicine

Adams 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

Thaniyyah Ahmad

Wake Forest School of Medicine

Ahmad 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 Law

Ascher 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 Medicine

Kate 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 Dentistry

Fetner 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

Ashley Hink

ECU Brody School of Medicine

Hink 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

James Gillenwater

Duke School of Law

Kate 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 Medicine

Pourtaheri 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

Daniel White

UNC School of Medicine

White 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 Administration

Kate 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

Elise Leger

UNC School of Medicine

Kate 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 Medicine

Kate 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 Medicine

Long 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

Cierrea Roach

ECU Brody School of Medicine

Roach aims to empower underserved elementary and middle school students by providing science- and math-based education and tutoring. Community Site: Little Willie Center

2009-10


Sadie Anderson and Wren McLaughlin

Duke School of Physical Therapy

Site: Duke University Hospital Create and implement an outreach program for postpartum mothers with babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

Emily Cullen

ECU Brody School of Medicine

Site: Operation Sunshine Initiate a program to Increase self-esteem, positive coping skills and health body image and exercise behaviors in girls ages 10 – 13.

Savannah Gelesko

UNC School of Dentistry

Site: Mission of Mercy clinics Organize oral cancer screenings and conduct preventive education efforts.

Nirmala (Nimi) Janardhanam and Teesha Geyer

UNC School of Medicine

Kate 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 Medicine

Site: 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 Medicine

Site: 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 Law

Kate 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 Medicine

Site: 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

Brian Mikolasko

Wake School of Medicine

Site: 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.

Negin Misaghian

ECU Brody School of Medicine

Site: 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.

Kunal Mitra

Duke School of Medicine

Site: 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.

Tammy Pham

Wake School of Medicine

Site: 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.

Carrie Sacco

Fayetteville State School of Social Work

Kate 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 Medicine

Site: 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 Medicine

Kate 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

Alex Stovall

WSSU School of Physical Therapy

Kate 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 Pathology

Kate 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.

2008-09


Ermias Abebe

Duke School of Medicine

Durham 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 Medicine

Hope 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 Medicine

Project 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.

Kerry Colby

UNC School of Medicine

Open 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 Medicine

Lincoln 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 Dentistry

Britthaven 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.

Amanda Hardy

UNCC School of Psychology

Jackson 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.

Dawn Hrelic

Wake Forest School of Medicine

Cub 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 Medicine

Delivering 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.

Amy Marietta

UNC School of Medicine

El 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.

Genevieve Ricart

Duke School of Medicine

Urban 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 Medicine

Durham 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 Medicine

SurgiCenter: 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 Medicine Summer 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.

Laura Wolfe

ECU Brody School of Medicine

Little Willie Center: Create an after school program for children to learn to plant and grow a vegetable garden and incorporate healthy habits into their lifestyle. Click here to learn more.

2007-08


Nicoleta Agrigoroae-Bolos and Homa Azargoon

UNC School of Dentistry

Their primary focus was to incorporate a preventative component to the North Carolina Mission of Mercy (MOM) Open Door Dental Clinic which holds mobile events to provide oral health services to those in remote dental care shortage areas in NC. Their project focused on preventive education and proper brushing and flossing techniques to improve patients’ oral health. Addressing small groups of people at a time, they used visual aids and Spanish interpreters to ensure the message was clear. To get patients started, they were given free dental kits. They reached over 875 people and were overwhelmed by the positive feedback to their efforts. They created a program manual which will be used by ENNEAD, a service oriented organization at the UNC School of Dentistry, who will continue their educational outreach at MOM events.

Wylie Carhartt and Holly Moye

ECU Brody School of Medicine

Project F.U.N.: Families Understanding Nutrition served more than 80 participants at Greene County Family Literacy. Their primary goal was to improve nutrition literacy and promote physical activity in the underserved migrant Latino community. The objectives included providing nutrition education at an age-appropriate level, encouraging lifelong physical activity, providing valuable budget education, and increasing the bonds within family units. Through cooking classes for each individual family and field trips to local farmers markets and grocery stores, they strived to place children and their families on the right track toward making more health-conscious decisions. Participants received a cookbook of all the program’s recipes to encourage their commitment to health. Staff members at the site will incorporate Wylie and Holly’s curriculum into their summer programming and two student volunteers will continue the physical activity sessions.

Natalie Desouza and Rita Sridaran

ECU Brody School of Medicine

With the help of TEACH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication-Handicapped Children) and the Pitt County Chapter of the Autism Society of NC, Natalie and Rita provided a 6-week summer camp for children with autism in eastern North Carolina that focused on social training skills. They had 40 children total in all four groups; 31 with autism and nine neurologically typical siblings. TEACCH and the Autism Society of NC have committed to sustaining the camp. The Autism Society paying for camp activities and providing stipend for two camp leaders. TEACCH will have one employee at every event so there is always someone on site with experience.

Bari Eberhardt and Mary Catherine Knight

ECU Brody School of Medicine

“Standing Tall: Building Bones, Building Futures” focused on promoting bone health in middle school aged children through nutrition, physical activity, and empowerment in decision making. They visited each 6th, 7th and 8th grade classroom in Pitt County twice in order to reinforce their message and assess retention. They also visited the Boys and Girls Clubs. Through their efforts, they reach 723 children. For sustainability, they provided teachers with the handouts, quizzes and educational materials used so the information can be implemented into future lesson plans.

Katie Hawn

UNC School of Dentistry

Katie provided oral health education to children who entered UNC Hospitals with such poor oral health that they require general anesthesia for dental treatment. She collaborated with Toothfairy Island Inc. to develop an appropriate educational curriculum and protocol targeted for this population. Using interactive materials, Katie worked to improve oral hygiene skills, promote nutrition, and increase oral health knowledge to prevent future trips to the operating room for dental treatment. Katie reached 170 children and their families and she has trained two dental student volunteers to continue the educational outreach.

Annada Hypes and Kristin Daley

UNC Charlotte School of Psychology

Their Beautiful Girls program aimed to nurture self esteem, body image, interpersonal relationships, coping skills, and mindfulness in 40 middle school girls through activities that increase awareness of the self and media influences. The program was offered as an apprenticeship with the Citizen Schools Program, a national program which provides free after-school activities for at-risk youth. The 10-week Beautiful Girls program was held at Eastway Middle, Albemarle Middle, and Martin Luther King Jr. Middle. The program is now an undergraduate practica opportunity for students majoring in psychology. Two students have been selected to lead the program at two sites in the fall. In addition, Citizen Schools is adopting the curriculum into their NC program and possibly nationwide as well.

John Lawrence

The Divinity School at Wake Forest University

John sought to help bridge the informational divide that often exists between the homeless and the various communal services that seek to assist the economically disadvantaged. To accomplish this task, John arranged for a number of representatives from various housing, food, clothing, and medical aid programs to speak to the residents of the Bethesda Shelter on the services their organizations provide for the homeless. These information sessions also involved a time in which the homeless men and women of the Center were able to speak individually with the presenters and John on specific concerns and needs. In addition, John spent a significant amount of time listening to the life stories, struggles, and hopes that the homeless men and women offered. He also sought to be a sounding board for the residents in their expressions of spiritual needs, frustrations, and beliefs.

Martha Mills

Duke University School of Nursing

Martha’s goal was to increase knowledge of available resources to senior residents and care providers in the Cleveland community. Working through the Johnston County Council on Aging, information was distributed to senior residences, physician offices, health fairs, churches and community–based organizations, reaching over 200 people. Martha also initiated a Powerful Tools for Caregivers class which is a six-week training series to help those who care for people with long-term illness with coping strategies which allow them to relieve stress, anger, frustration, and fatigue as well as focused on community skills and working through caregiver decisions. Martha will lead a monthly caregivers support group. Martha will continue to lead the caregivers class and support group in the Cleveland community.

Shayla Nesbitt

Wake Forest School of Medicine

Shayla conducted a health education outreach with an emphasis on HIV awareness. Other topics included nutrition and exercise, stress reduction techniques, breast and cervical cancer prevention, cardiovascular health, and reproductive health. She conducted one-on-one sessions for 430 women at the Community Care Clinic. She held weekly education sessions (one in Spanish and one in English) for 91 women at Today’s Woman. Shayla also reached 81 women through monthly sessions at Laura’s Hair Salon.

Mrinali Patel and Brad Perez

Duke School of Medicine

Brad and Mrinali worked at the Open Door Clinic of Wake County gathering appropriate social histories from 200 patients to provide a current summary of health information to the volunteer physicians. They also focused on increasing STI screening and immunization rates. Through their efforts, the clinic was able to set up a program to offer HIV and syphilis testing at no extra charge through state funding. 08-09 NC Fellow Kerry Colby will continue their efforts in addition to adding a domestic violence prevention element.

Ashley Schaaf

UNC School of Dentistry

Ashley’s primary goal was to promote oral facial prevention awareness. She provided 52 custom made mouthguards to youth through the Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department and the Triangle United Soccer League. She increased awareness by presenting numerous table clinics at local health fairs reaching over 500 people. In addition, she also presented at the Annual State Dental Meeting and conducted a continuing education course for a local health department. For sustainability, she created a Sports Dentistry elective class offered at UNC School of Dentistry. Furthermore, two volunteer dental students will continue her mouthguard project.

Jessica Watson

UNC School of Medicine

“Art for Life” provided a safe, open environment in which four homebound adults could conduct art projects while engaging in critical and creative thought. Over the course of eight months, Jessica met with each participant in her home two to four hours two to three times a month. Together, Jessica and each participant completed over ten projects, working with a variety of mediums. The goal was not the art itself, but to provide an outlet for expression and, as a result, improve their overall quality of life.

Bryant Cameron Webb

Wake Forest School of Medicine

Bryant provided mentoring and health education for African American teens and encouraged their interest in the health professions and their role as community advocates.

Courtney Weems

ECU Brody School of Medicine

Courtney program aimed to increase awareness of the occupational and recreational risks of the sun, and the role it plays in skin cancer diseases for tourists, workers in the tourism industry and community members of Avery County. She also expanded her efforts to include children and adults in eastern NC. She reached over a thousand people through lectures, training sessions, and participation in eight community events. Courtney and 06-07 NC Fellow Marie Rowe held sun safety training sessions for teachers across the state. They are also working on incorporating sun safety awareness into the elementary and middle school curriculums.

2006-07


Emily Davies

Duke School of Medicine

Emily’s program, “Comprensión,” provided health professional students with opportunities to interact with the Latino community and learn more about Latino culture while participating in community service projects. Her main effort was to organize Spanish health education classes at the Teer House taught by eight medical students and one physical therapy student. Class topics covered anxiety, depression, low back pain, sexually transmitted diseases, diabetes education, pediatric nutrition and asthma. The classes will continue next year at El Centro Latino and in rural sites to migrant workers. Volunteers also provided breast cancer education to 75 Latinos at a health fair and attended lectures regarding the issues facing the Latino community and migrant workers.

Dan Dison and Jonathan Tovey

Wake Forest School of Medicine

Dan and Jonathan conducted an after school program for 18 fourth and fifth grade boys to increase cultural awareness and promote healthy lifestyles at Easton Elementary School in Winston-Salem. The program focused on physical fitness, nutrition, hygiene, disease prevention, and cultural sports and dance.

Kim Hammersmith and Stephanie Manning

UNC School of Dentistry

Kim and Stephanie designed a 5-lesson oral health curriculum to educate 3- and 4-year-olds on proper oral hygiene, good nutrition, and visiting the dentist. Together, they visited twelve Chapel Hill/Carrboro Head Start classrooms which served 180 children. They visited each classroom for a one hour lesson five times throughout the school year.

Laura Heringer

Wake Forest School of Medicine

Laura created a companionship program for seriously ill residents at long term care facilities. Sixteen health professional students regularly visited 23 residents at the Winston-Salem Rehabilitation and Health and Silas Creek Manor. The residents benefited by the social interaction and mental stimulation. The volunteers learned how to communicate and connect with this population and discovered the challenges that they face. Laura created a geriatric care interest group at Wake Forest School of Medicine to raise awareness of end-of-life issues and how to better care for the geriatric population. Laura encouraged participated to volunteer in her program and scheduled lunch talks regarding hospice and palliative care, terminal illness and dementia, and holistic care during the dying process. The program is being sustained by the interest group and is an elective credit requiring 30 hours of participation.

Shelby Kaplan and Brooke Merritt

ECU School of Medicine

Through their project, “Healthy Smile, Healthy Child,” Shelby and Brooke visited 1,297 kindergarteners and first graders in 16 public schools in Pitt County to educate children about oral health and the importance of being healthy by observing the ABCs: Avoiding sugar, Brushing their teeth, and Consuming calcium. Many of the classes will incorporate the project into their curriculum. In addition, Shelby and Brooke created an information website, www.ecu.edu/orgs/schweitzer-fellows/healthysmiles, which will be maintained by the Office of Generalist Programs at Brody School of Medicine.

Kris Karvelas

UNC School of Medicine

Kris provided Expressive Arts Therapy to patients in oncology and pediatrics at UNC Hospitals. Through the process of drawing sketches of healing goals, making wish dolls and reflecting on their illness, patients are encouraged to participate in their healing process and to find the strength to cope with their disease. Kris interacted one-on-one with 40 adult patients and in a group setting with 95 pediatric patients. In addition, he also worked with 56 family members who were visiting patients and with 35 staff members who wished to learn about Expressive Arts therapy or wanted to bond with their patients. The UNC Pediatric Interest Group and a undergraduate pre-med service organization will volunteer in pairs to continue the wish doll project with the pediatric department.

Ian Nelligan

UNC School of Medicine

Ian provided accessible HIV/AIDS education, counseling and screening for underserved Hispanic/Latino communities of Orange, Durham, and Chatham counties. He also conducted cardiovascular screenings and health education.

Margareth Pierre-Louis

UNC School of Medicine

Margareth created SHAKE (Sisters for Health Awareness through Knowledge & Exercise) a twelve-session nutrition and dance program for eleven minority high school women at the Lyon Park Community and Family Life Recreation Center in Durham. Maggie engaged participants in an interactive curriculum focused on teaching healthy eating behaviors and physical wellness.

Alexandra Rogers and Jenny Smith

Wake Forest School of Medicine

Alex and Jenny offered prenatal and postpartum women’s health education classes including breastfeeding, labor and delivery, STDs, family planning, postpartum depression, and prenatal care at Imprints for Expectant Families and Today’s Woman Women’s Health Clinic in Winston Salem. Together, they reached 230 women. They also participated in home visits with Imprints to answer the health related questions of new mothers. For sustainability, they trained the health educators and nurses to teach the classes and provided their program curriculum.

Marie Rowe and Paige Clark

ECU School of Medicine

Marie and Paige created S.O.S. “Save Our Skin” to increase awareness of the occupational and recreational risks of the sun, and the role it plays in skin cancer diseases for children and commercial fishermen in and around Carteret County. They educated 400 children through the Boys and Girls Club of Coastal Carolina and 275 middle and high schools students. They reached thousands of commercial fisherman and their families through local festivals, fishing tournaments and church events. Two screenings were held which screened 120 people.

Shatima Seward and Jasmine Smith

Wake Forest School of Medicine

Shatima and Jasmine created a program for teen girls and young mothers promoting healthy choices through emphasis on nutrition and obesity, positive body image, and sex education. They held an event for teens and a series of education classes for young mothers a Today’s Women Health Clinic.

Blair Simpson

Wake Forest School of Medicine

Blair initiated a Fall Prevention Program for the adult population of Forsyth County through The Shepherd’s Center. It is a four component program including assessment of environmental hazards, medication education, physical fitness, and the EMS Vial of Life project. An EMS Vial of Life contains important medical information that can assist emergency personnel in administering the proper medical treatment when the patient cannot speak for his/herself.

Rachel Simpson

ECU Brody School of Medicine

Rachel conducted a health education outreach for teen mothers in Pitt County using both home visits and group sessions. Topics include nutrition, safety in the home, breastfeeding, oral health, early infant care, exercise needs, post partum depression and the importance of setting and achieving goals. Rachel mentored 18 young mothers throughout the course of the year.

Patrick Smith

UNC School of Medicine

Patrick taught weekly ESL classes to 15 Spanish speaking parents and their children at Estes Hills Elementary School in Chapel Hill to help families take a greater role in their children’s education. The classes consisted of homework help, education games and songs, creative art work, math practice, English grammar, role playing situations in English, and contacting teachers.

Anthony Wang

Duke School of Medicine

Anthony expanded the Durham Parks and Recreation youth soccer program from three teams with 38 children to eight teams with 100 children. Anthony recruited and trained twelve volunteer coaches consisting of graduate school students and parents. To assist with the coaching efforts, Anthony created a manual with skill and mentoring tips. He also secured the necessary equipment for the Parks and Recreation. Based on the success of Anthony’s project, Durham Parks and Recreation plans to expand the program to accommodate 200 children.

2005-06


Yvonne Ator Whitelaw

ECU Brody School of Medicine

Yvonne designed and implemented the HIV PACT (HIV Prevention via Awareness, Counseling &Testing) program to populations throughout eastern NC. HIV awareness was implemented by identifying and dispelling myths and misconceptions associated with HIV in order to alleviate the stigma that hinders testing. Free on-site OraQuick Rapid Testing was provided. Pre- and post-test counseling was also provided to deal with the profound psychological, social and medical impact on the individual. Yvonne held workshops, educational sessions, health fairs, a block party, bake sales, walks, and booths to conduct her program. Yvonne’s team tested 163 people and educated 664.

Natalie Muth and Avik Chatterjee

UNC School of Medicine

Natalie and Avik created a program where nine (9) teen health educators from Cedar Ridge High School could serve as healthy living role models by teaching a twelve-week nutrition and physical activity curriculum to 43 students in fourth grade classrooms at Grady Brown Elementary School. This project became the official community service project of the AMA student group at UNC who will continue the program. In addition, interested school officials from Wilkes County and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools wish to implement the program in their districts.

Nick Crosby

Wake Forest School of Medicine

Nick provided physical activity classes three times a week for older adults in the Winston-Salem area. These classes were designed to maintain strength and endurance in order to continue the independence the adults enjoyed for so many years. The classes will be sustained by the Exercise Physiology Department at Winston-Salem State University.

Jacob Cuellar

ECU Brody School of Medicine

Jacob designed and implemented a culturally appropriate healthy lifestyles four week camp for fifty (50) Spanish speaking children in grades K through 5th at GR Whitfield Elementary School. Jacob used the CATCH curriculum (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) to promote nutrition, diabetes awareness and prevention, and physical fitness. Each age group participated in 18 sessions of physical activity, which consisted of fun non-competitive moderate to vigorous physical activities chosen from the CATCH Kids Club Activities Set. Children were provided with a free lunch each day. In addition, Jacob held eight (8) health education sessions for the parents of the fifty (50) participants. As a result of his work with this community, Jacob has been working to establish a permanent Hispanic Community Center in Greenville, NC.

Marcella Daniel

Duke School of Medicine

Marcella led a health professions recruitment and exposure program (HPREP) to increase the awareness of high school students of the opportunities available in the health professionals. Twenty-six 11th and 12th grade students from the seven high schools in Durham participated in the program. The program consisted of eight Saturday sessions each of which were four hours long. Sessions included college preparation and SAT review, tours of radiology/operating room, and ethics in medicine. Students also learned how to conduct patient interviews and a physical exam. A fundraising banquet was which raised money for the $500 and $1000 scholarships that were awarded to the two students with the highest overall scores of the program. The program will be continued by the Student National Medical Association.

Chris Durham

UNC School of Dentistry

Chris taught proper oral hygiene techniques and provided oral disease education for 171 minority teens in Orange and Vance Counties. The program was designed to educate them on what causes and how to prevent tooth decay, periodontal disease, oral cancer, and diabetes. He also discussed opportunities in the health professions.

Jessica Flynn

ECU Brody School of Medicine

Jessica raised awareness and provided information about the Medicare update to 191 seniors in Pitt County and surrounding areas. Jessica focused on cost, benefits and coverage to help seniors make information decisions. Although Jessica held several group presentations, the majority of her project was spent one on one with seniors assessing their individual situations. Jessica also provided education sessions for 24 physicians and office staff so they could make informed decisions about their health care plans.

Michael Gwaltney and Joel Chisholm

ECU Brody School of Medicine

Michael and Joel created a stroke prevention program based on group education presentations using materials from the Stroke Association followed by one-on-one testing and counseling. They reached over 1200 community members throughout the course of their project. The Pitt County Health Department Stroke Coalition will sustain Michael and Joel’s program.

Carrie Hamby and Liz Deans

UNC School of Medicine

Liz and Carrie developed a nutrition and physical activity education program for Latina mothers at the Prospect Hill Community Health Center. Classes were kicked off by a walking group to encourage regular physical activity. Each class was taught by interspersing short lessons with activities, discussion, cooking lessons, or exercises. Children also participated in the program. Training was provided to the Maternity Care Coordinators from the six clinics of the Piedmont Health Services network so they can sustain the program. In addition, the Immigrant health Initiative of Siler City will be incorporating the classes and materials into their Diabetes Education Program as part of a 2006-2008 Health and Wellness Trust Fund grant. Plus, the UNC Student Health Action Coalition Community Projects branch will use the materials at local health fairs.

Page Inman

Duke School of Medicine

Page tutored and mentored 12 girls and boys at the Concern of Durham. The majority of her work was spent one-on-one with the teens to help them academically, provide emotional support, and expand their horizons. Community service projects were also an integral part of the program. Students from the American Medical Women’s Association will continue Page’s efforts.

Jin Yi Kwon and Noz Yamauchi

UNC School of Dentistry

Jin Yi and Noz improved the oral health for 80 residents at the Chapel Hill Rehabilitation Center. Residents had their teeth brushed, gums wiped, dentures marked and cleaned, fluoride applied and teeth flossed. Those with interested family members were taught how to maintain proper oral hygiene for their loved ones. In addition, the Fellows established meaningful relationships with the residents to improve their overall quality of life. The Fellows also taught an in-service oral health education session for 30 staff members to help ensure that they can provide good oral residential care on a consistent basis. Noz will continue to volunteer at the center. Jin Yi will set up her dental practice ½ mile from the center to continue to meet the needs of the residents.

David Mann

Wake Forest School of Medicine

David offered mentoring and healthy lifestyles education to 5th grade minority students at Easton Elementary School in Winston-Salem. David focused on the value of eating healthy balanced meals, the importance of living an active lifestyle, and the need for education. He met with eight children on a biweekly basis throughout the course of the school year and ten additional children on a less formal basis.

Steven Manning and Cindy Johns

ECU Brody School of Medicine

Steven and Cindy provided diabetes and obesity education for 200 residents in the Hobgood community. They held monthly clinics, weekly education sessions and one on one education through home health visits. The monthly clinics are being sustained by medical students.

Shelly Strickland

ECU Brody School of Medicine

Shelly provided a four week summer camp through the Indian Education Association in Robeson County to promote health lifestyles to 230 Lumbee children ages 8 to 12 years old. A central theme of the camp was pride and discovery of the Lumbee cultural heritage. At every session, Shelly emphasized the idea of W.A.L.K.: to be WISE in the decisions they make when choosing snacks and foods, to be ACTIVE (exercise is key), to LEARN as much as they can about their role as caretakers of their bodies, and to KNOW the information so they can educate others. The Girl Scouts of Robeson County assisted Shelly with her project and sustain her programming at the camp.

Virginia Stewart

ECU Brody School of Medicine

Virginia served 650 community members in Greenville through a health education series given in Spanish at local churches, free clinics, and community health fairs with a prominent Latino population. In addition, disease screenings were provided for breast cancer, stroke and diabetes. Virginia also assisted people who lack health insurance to apply HealthAssist at all program events and at the Pitt County Care Clinic.

2004-05


Meg Stokes Alden

Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Meg developed and implemented a Picture Exchange Communication System for nonverbal children at The Special Children’s School. She piloted the program with five preschool age children. The teachers at the school are incorporating the program into the school’s curriculum.

Emma Archibong

Duke University School of Medicine and UNC School of Public Health

After much community feedback, Emma organized a walking group for the residents of the Morreene Road Housing Development in Durham. Twice weekly, Emma would lead ten to fifteen residents on a walk on a neighborhood path. Residents could measure their activity with pedometers Emma provided. Monthly nutrition seminars were held to encourage healthy lifestyle behaviors. Many of the residents have reported significant weight loss and have indicated they will continue the walking group on their own.

Antonio Braithwaite

UNC School of Dentistry

Antonio applied fluoride varnishes and conducted oral hygiene education for 286 children and their parents.

Lauren Brubaker and Gigi Marsil MacDonald

UNC School of Medicine

Lauren and Gigi created a student run organization at Student Health Action Committee (SHAC) clinics in Carrboro and Bloomer Hill and at local health fairs to enroll eligible children in low or no cost health insurance funded through NC Health Check and NC Health Choice. They handed out over 130 applications which they helped the parents complete or were filled out by the parents at home. In addition, they provided 350 parents and children with educational materials in English and Spanish to strengthen children’s knowledge of a healthy lifestyle while giving parents the tools to implement healthy behaviors in their children. Their program is being sustained by the SHAC clinics. They recruited 50 UNC School of Medicine students to volunteer with their project.

Kathy Colville

UNC School of Public Health and Social Work

Kathy spearheaded a male mentoring and gender violence prevention program in two (2) Alamance County middle schools. Six adult and teen male mentors were trained and 25 middle schoolers completed the program. The program will be continued next year. Kathy also conducted domestic violence community education presentations to churches, middle schools and other community groups in conjunction with the Sheriff’s Domestic Violence Unit.

Meredith Davis

ECU Brody School of Medicine

Meredith assisted the Lions Club Vision Van with their community screenings for early detection of eye problems. The Vision Van screens for visual acuity, visual field loss (which can indicate diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, or glaucoma), and glaucoma/increased eye pressure. In addition to screening, Meredith educated patients regarding the risks associated with various eye diseases, encouraged patients to schedule further exams when appropriate and ensured that patients with financial needs are connected with the appropriate local Lions Club in order to receive aid for treatment. Meredith visited 9 community sites where the van screened 439 people of which 201 were referred to an eye care professional for further evaluation.

Moss Fenberg and Shad Saunders

Wake Forest School of Medicine

Moss and Shad created a voucher system to provide patients at the Community Care Center with eyeglasses for $20 to $30 a pair instead of the usual $80 to $150 a pair. Over 200 eyeglasses have been distributed to date. Moss and Shad also worked every evening at the clinic doing one on one education sessions with over 250 patients. They also conducted 4 sessions on diabetes and eye care to approximately 75 patients each time.

LaTure Hicks

Duke University School of Nursing

LaTure provided cancer prevention and early detection train the trainer sessions for forty (40) volunteers in five (5) African American churches in northeast Charlotte. These sessions focused on colon, lung, breast and prostate cancer. Topics included early detection, prevention, screening, and nutrition and physical recommendations. The congregations received breast, prostate, lung, and colon models; presentation flip charts; train-the-trainer packets; education materials; pre-post test materials; and contact information. In addition, she provided community cancer screenings for 97 individuals and 103 people participated in her health education programs.

Aaron Lesher

Duke University School of Medicine

Aaron created and managed a medical linkage system at the Durham Center, an addiction clinic, to set up appointments for patients who need other types of medical care from local medical providers. Aaron made appointments for 25 patients for primary care visits and 10 patients for other types of medical care. The clinic staff will now utilize and maintain this system.

Mignon Metcalf

ECU Brody School of Medicine

Mignon designed and performed a healthy lifestyles program for 28 minority girls ages 11 to 13 at Operation Sunshine. In addition to the healthy lifestyle curriculum, this comprehensive summer program included health care screenings, community service projects, goal setting, journaling, and field trips.

Natalie Rodgers

ECU Brody School of Medicine

Natalie performed a heart healthy education program aimed primarily at women. She discussed the risk factors and healthy lifestyles tips with 260 women both one on one and through group sessions at the Martin County Healthy Department and churches and fairs in Pitt County.

Maria Trent

UNC School of Medicine

Maria worked with 16 preteen minority girls from the Hargraves Center in Chapel Hill. She taught the girls STEP routines which they performed at local events several times throughout the year. This high energy dance program significantly bolstered the girls’ self confidence and self esteem. Maria also conducted nutrition and basic life science education to encourage healthy behaviors. In addition, she mentored the girls as they explored future career choices to encourage them to set concrete goals and establish paths to reach those goals. Maria was inducted into the E.S. Mayer Community Service Honor Society at the UNC School of Medicine for her work with the girls. Two UNC classmates will continue her project at the Hargraves Center next year.

Claudine Warfel and Mark Corbett

ECU Brody School of Medicine

Claudine and Mark initiated a home visitation program for forty (40) patients of the University Health System. They conducted frequent in home visitations with a core group of twelve (12) additional patients in order to have maximum impact on their health and maintain continuity of care. Home visitations included an evaluation of the patient’s functional abilities, eating behaviors, home environment, medications, availability of help from caregivers, and basic physical assessments.

2003-04


Kimberly Alexander-Bratcher

East Carolina University, Brody School of Medicine

Kate B. Reynolds Pediatric Center of Greene County Health Care: Conducted a breastfeeding-teaching intervention for Hispanic mothers.

Cameron Anderson

East Carolina University, Brody School of Medicine

Cameron created a program to teach children about the benefits of exercise and nutrition while incorporating a way the students could help children with disabilities. She partnered with the Family Support Network of Eastern NC to match 24 “Super Kids,” between the ages of 7 – 11, with “Super Pals,” children with disabilities. The Super Kids trained for a 1 mile race in April to provide a make-a-wish come true for their Super Pal. Over 20% of the Super Kids in the obesity or at risk for obesity category lost weight in the program. All children scored significant improvements on post nutrition surveys. Cameron raised $10,000 in cash and thousands more in goods and services.

Trey Bradley

Wake Forest School of Medicine

Trey worked at the Community Care Center/Centro Clinico to create a system to obtain free medications for patients using Patient Assistant Programs (PAPS) of the major pharmaceutical companies. Over 200 individuals were enrolled in the program and over $3,500 worth of medicines are received monthly. As a result, the clinic has a much larger stock of samples and budgeted medicines for other patients who would not qualify for PAPS. Clinic staff has taken over managing Trey’s system.

Marie Clark and Amy Henriott

Duke School of Medicine

Marie and Amy organized health education workshops for the 12 women residents of the Genesis Home.

Mary Clingan

Wake Forest School of Medicine

Jeni worked with 50 pediatric oncology patients at Brenner’s Children Hospital through their Arts for Life program. She is writing a booklet in the form of a story that addresses cancer treatment to give to newly diagnosed children and their families.

Kelly Cobb

Duke School of Nursing

Kelly performed diabetes screening and health education to 60 migrant workers. She also taught emergency Spanish to 100 firefighters and paramedics in Caswell and Person Counties.

Mary Dawson and Nathan Meltzer

East Carolina University, Brody School of Medicine

Mary and Nathan provided five breast cancer and four diabetes education workshops to HealthAssist community centers. They organized breast, prostrate and colorectal screenings through the Leo Jenkins Cancer Center at three HealthAssist community centers which resulted in over 100 people being screened. The Cancer Center has received a grant to sponsor another year of free cancer screenings. Mary and Nathan also created a workbook outlining the steps to applying for pharmaceutical assistance programs.

Mary Fox

University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Mary created a diabetes education and prevention program. She reached 145 children and adults during 14 presentations at church meetings, health fairs, and after school programs in Durham, Chapel Hill and Carrboro.

Andy Garrison

Duke School of Medicine

Andy initiated a smoking cessation program at the Lincoln Community Health Center. He received a $2,500 grant from the Duke Community & Family Medicine Department to supply nicotine patches and other supplies. He trained 19 student volunteers in smoking cessation counseling. Andy and his volunteers counseled 151 patients, 113 agreed to set a quit date. Twenty-seven percent of patients reported abstinence or a decrease in cigarette consumption. Andy’s program will be continued next year by a current medical student volunteer.

Andrea Havens

Duke School of Medicine

Andrea created a student-senior partnership to improve access of isolated community dwelling seniors in Durham to services that would improve their quality of life and position the students to serve as advocates for their seniors. Twelve student-senior partnerships were formed. Two volunteers will continue the program next year. A new “Community Partners” course at Duke Medical School has been designed with input from Andrea. Medical students will be paired with people of various ages who suffer from chronic illness to learn from them what it is like to live with chronic disease.

Chris Heaney

University of North Carolina School of Public Health

Chris worked with the West End Revitalization Association (WERA) to address health disparities related to failing septic systems and contaminated well water supplies in West End, White Level and Buckhorn/Perry Hill. With his help, WERA received a $10,000 grant from the Carolina-Shaw Partnership for the Elimination of Health Disparities-Project EXPORT to continue their efforts. They also received a $100,000 grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency to continue their work to create partnerships to address and solve environmental issues.

Amber McLendon

University of North Carolina School of Pharmacy

Amber conducted home visits to 54 seniors in Orange County to help them obtain prescription assistance. She also trained employees at the Department of Aging on prescription assistance programs and developed an insurance resource manual for use in helping their patients.

Caroline Morgan

East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine

Caroline conducted a “Body Basics” nutrition class to 20 children ages 6 to 8 and 9 to 12 at the Boys and Girls Club in Greenville.

Kristin Schaible and Amy Sommer

University of North Carolina School of Public Health & University of North Carolina School of Social Work

Kristin and Amy designed and implemented a free, churched based diabetes foot clinic in Hurdle Mills through collaboration with the Student Health Action Coalition Outreach. Approximately 75 patients have been seen at the clinic during this pilot year. SHAC Outreach will continue to work with the community to run the clinic. Their project won UNC’s Office of the Provost’s Public Service Award and placed third in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Secretary’s Award for innovations in health promotion and disease prevention.

Jeff Sung and Susan Kansagra

Duke School of Medicine/Fuqua School of Business

Susan and Jeff developed a child abuse prevention workshop for parents. A pilot with two parent groups was very successful. Tests revealed that the mothers were actively learning from the presentations, and surveys indicated that they would be taking steps to teach their children prevention techniques. SAFEchild has a core set of volunteers that will be trained to present this material and will give presentations year-round.

Rajesh Swaminathan

Duke School of Medicine

Rajesh screened 100 patients at the Freemont Clinic for metabolic syndrome and conducted education sessions about the condition.

Cherisse Thomas

East Carolina University School of Medicine

Cherisse organized scoliosis screenings for 226 children between the ages of 11 and 15 at ten (10) summer camps throughout eastern NC. Her program referred 26 children to a physician for further evaluation. She also organized a support group sponsored by the Scoliosis Association to provide a strong network for scoliosis patients and parents, give adolescent scoliosis patients an opportunity to meet other kids with the same condition, to promote self esteem and to provide information about coping and treating scoliosis.

2002-03


Renee Banaszak and Wafa Badwan

East Carolina University School of Medicine

Through Renee’s and Wafa’s efforts, over 500 minority and elderly women in rural eastern North Carolina received information about breast cancer and the importance of self breast exams and annual mammography.

Arlene Chung

East Carolina University School of Medicine

Arlene performed over 350 diabetes and hypertension screenings, nutritional counseling and health education at the JOY soup kitchen in Pitt County. She also conducted eight disease management workshops on diabetes, hypertension, physical activity and nutrition. The Greenville Community Shelter, the Family Practice Center at Brody School of Medicine, HealthAssist, and Kate B. Reynolds Foundation are now using Arlene’s curriculum from these workshops. She organized a community fair in October, 2002, over 30 medical student volunteers to provide over 100 diabetes and hypertension screenings, health education, referrals to the homeless shelter center, enrollment for an indigent care health plan, and breast cancer awareness education. She also created a Health Status Tracking Database, a program to track each enrollee’s health risk factors and health status for Health Assist (an indigent care health plan for the uninsured). This system is used to target individuals for education and disease management in addition to statistical analysis for grant purposes.

Jennifer Farmer and Benjamin Gilmer

East Carolina University School of Medicine

Jennifer and Benjamin enrolled over 250 uninsured people into an insurance program. Benjamin initiated a student community service group dedicated to sustaining this project and many others in the Fountain Clinic and the Pitt County Emergency Department.

Renee Ferrari and Rani Shankar

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health

Renee and Rani developed a formalized mentoring curriculum to better train and support doulas at UNC Hospitals and increase their volunteer activity. They created a photo novella of laboring women and their doulas to document and share the doula’s role in birth and increase visibility of the program among hospital staff and visitors. These pictures will be on display at UNC Hospitals and on rotating display at 24 outlying prenatal clinic that send patients to UNC Hospitals for labor and delivery.

Robin Gaines

East Carolina University School of Medicine

Robin taught an English as a second language course to 215 Mexican migrant farmworkers at six camps in Snow Hill that also encompassed basic health and safety issues.

Jena Ivey

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Pharmacy

Jena conducted 100 visits to the homes of community dwelling elders in Orange County to establish their health literacy and medication use and to conduct health care education. Results were given to the Orange County Department on Aging to target the medication-related needs of elders in the community.

Melissa Keene

Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Melissa developed and implemented End of Life Care Ministries in 6 Faith Communities in Winston-Salem to educate community members about end of life care decisions. This is an ongoing, continuing project that is currently enrolling an additional 3 churches and plans to expands to other congregations throughout Winston-Salem.

Sylvia Lee

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Sylvia conducted a series of eight health education classes in which physicians provided Orange County school teachers with basic medical information on typical presenting signs and social/developmental consequences of common childhood health problems. Attendance ranged from 13 to 33.

Andrea Locklear

East Carolina University School of Medicine

Andrea held five (5) diabetic health fairs and screened over 250 people and conducted diabetes education. She also held three (3) four-hour diabetic seminars with 12 participants. Dr. Kenneth Locklear will continue holding these seminars three times a year in his practice. She is in the process having a Native American Diabetic Awareness video produced as well as a Diabetes Education Video aimed specifically at Native Americans.

Kelley Mondi

Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Kelley taught a women’s health education series at the Living Water Clinic for twenty-three women primarily of Latina heritage. Topics included nutrition, cancer, self esteem/domestic violence, stress reduction, cardiovascular health and reproductive health. The Clinic will continue to hold these classes every six months.

Kristin Olson-Kennedy

UNC-Charlotte School of Nursing

Kristin provided nursing service and health education for the Salvation Army Shelter for Homeless Women and Children, a 250-bed facility that is always filled to capacity. The clinic sees any average of 25 people a day.

Tanika Pinn

East Carolina University School of Medicine

Tanika conducted a teen leadership conference for fifty (50) students to develop leadership and improve self esteem to increase ability to handle everyday pressure, increase comfort level for seeking external support, and improve physical and emotional health.

Shelley Summerlin-Long

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health and School of Social Work

Shelley interviewed Latina mothers to identify barriers to health care and improve client services at the Piedmont Health Services clinics. Assisted with childbirth classes at the Carrboro Community Health Clinic.

Payson Thompson

East Carolina University School of Medicine

Payson screened 120 people for diabetes at 18 health fairs/churches. Twenty people tested positive for diabetes who did not know they had the disease.

Ginger Wike

NC State University School of Veterinary Medicine

Ginger rganized and initiated the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (SCAVSAB) to include increase awareness and education to the students and general public. The club hosted a public seminar on behavior training for dogs. Another session was held for the school’s laboratory animal research (LAR) facility. The club will be reviving the Human Animal Bond project designed to take approved animals to nursing homes to visit with the elderly.

2001-02


Nadia Ahmed

Campbell University School of Pharmacy

Rockingham County: Established a Latino health initiative.

Carey Aselage and Rose Wilcher

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health

Orange County: Developed a youth empowerment program.

Arlana Bobo

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health

Formulated an after-school program for middle school children living in a Chapel Hill public housing community which focused on character education.

April Carson

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law student

Chatham County: Institutionalized an existing domestic violence pro bono project in order to ensure its longevity.

Julia Dombrowski and Karen Moore

Duke University School of Medicine

The NC Student Rural Health Coalition: Coordinated a women’s health initiative in Freemont, Garysburg, Tillery, Bloomerhill, Hobgood and Femaville.

David Edwards

Duke University School of Medicine

Salvation Army Shelter: Provided healthcare and education for the homeless.

William Fischer

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Murphy County: Initiated a peer-based STI education program for teenage students.

Angela Huang

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health

The Genesis Home: Offered health education for the homeless.

Jon Hudson

Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Community Partnership for End of Life Care: Instituted a pediatric palliative care program.

Lisa Jackson and David Whetstone

East Carolina University School of Medicine

Pitt County Memorial Hospital Emergency Department and the Fountain Clinic: Provided health education materials to these locations.

Anisa Kassim and Lisa Fastnaught

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health

Siler City: Organized and implemented three peer-based weekend retreats for at-risk middle school students to promote intercultural awareness and respect.

Lisa Nelson

East Carolina University School of Medicine

Beaufort County: Conducted health education on HIV/AIDS and asthma for county residents.

Abraham Nussbaum

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Formulated a plan to increase the effectiveness of the Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC) in Carrboro.

Christopher Scott

East Carolina University School of Medicine

Educated farmers, forester, and commercial fisherman in Eastern North Carolina about skin cancer issues.

Shinu Singh

East Carolina University School of Medicine

Greenville Community Shelter: Conducted health education for the homeless and performed community awareness seminars to educate the public about homeless issues.

2000-01


Joy Noel Baumgartner

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health

Threshold Program: Assisted women suffering from mental illness with gaining access to care for their reproductive health.

Charlotte Bell

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health

Orange County Department of Aging: Conducted a nutrition education and outreach program for the elderly.

Sara Benjamin

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health

NC Cooperative Extension Service: Addressed issues of food insecurity in Durham and Orange Counties.

Melissa Green and Deborah Zysman

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health

Wake County: Collaborated with the county in a jail’s peer education STD program.

George Manuosos and Richard Murphy

Duke University School of Medicine

NC Student Rural Health Coalition: Offered health education, screenings, and interventions for the community of Princeville that was displaced by Hurricane Floyd.

Sumner Mitchell

UNC-Greensboro School of Public Health

Caswell Family Medical Center: Conducted workshops on nutrition, activity, and children’s health in order to address the issue of childhood obesity.

Patrick O’Malley

East Carolina University School of Medicine

Emergency Department, Pitt County Memorial Hospital: Formulated a healthcare outreach program.

Marylee Perry

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law

Family Violence/Rape Crisis Services of Chatham County: Developed a system which provided legal services for domestic violence victims by utilizing law students and pairing them with practicing attorneys from the DV Pro Bono Program.

Samuel Simmons

Wake Forest University School of Medicine

NC Farm Worker Health Program: Provided materials and education to farmers and farm workers about Green Tobacco Illness.

Erin Spelman

UNC-Charlotte School of Psychology

Provided parenting skills and health education for individuals in a Charlotte public housing project.

1999-20


Scott Blackmon and Brooke Lawrence

Duke University School of Medicine

Shelter of Hope Clinic: Provided acute and preventive healthcare services as well as education for the homeless at this clinic.

Natasha Blakeney

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health

Person County: Recruited and trained lay health advisors for a breast cancer awareness program.

Clary Brown

Duke University School of Nursing

Eastway Elementary School and Centro Hispano: Provided a bilingual curriculum on healthy lifestyles for children.

Jean Davison

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing

Chewning Middle School: Developed, implemented, and tested the impact of a model Comprehensive Cardiovascular Fitness program for seventh graders.

Beth Dixon

Duke University School of Medicine

Durham County Mental Health Services: Provided mental health screening, referral, and follow-up services to the homeless shelters in Durham.

Razan Fayez

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law

Developed a program in which law students and attorneys provide representation for victims of domestic violence in Pittsboro.

Saber Ghiassi

UNC-Greensboro School of Public Health

Health Serve Clinic: Assisted with outreach efforts to include the Hispanic and Vietnamese communities.

Yalonda Lewis and Lara Shain

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health

Project StraightTalk: Worked to reduce the incidence of STD/HIV infection among racial/ethnic minorities and substance abusers by training barbers and beauticians to educate customers about risky behaviors.

Suzanne Miller

Wake Forest University School of Medicine

The Maternal Outreach Program: Designed an education project to reduce the number of repeat teenage pregnancies.

Ivy Oakley

NC State University School of Veterinary Medicine

Rex Hospital: Provided pet therapy services to patients, trained new volunteers for the program, and established an ongoing relationship between NCSU and the hospital.

Reginald Obi

UNC-Charlotte School of Health Administration

The Salvation Army Women’s Clinic: Developed and implemented instructional programs on hypertension and diabetes.

Elizabeth Payne

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health

Orange County: Provided nutrition education and outreach to seniors.

Michael Savona

Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Forsyth County: Initiated a smoking cessation program for pregnant women.

1998-99


Swati Agarwal and Aditee Pradhan

Duke University School of Medicine

Shelter for Hope and Genesis House: Expanded services and provided healthcare and education to the homeless.

Ahna Ballonoff and Mary Ellen Cunningham

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health

Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC): Developed training for HIV test-counseling.

Millicent Booker, Michelle Foster, Aquilla Highsmith and Evette Roach

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Chapel Hill High School: Continued a Sister-to-Sister program through its third year, with an emphasis on preparing girls for the future.

LaTony Brown

Duke University School of Nursing

Lincoln Community Health Center: Worked with an asthma initiative.

Tracy Bullard

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Robeson County: Worked on relationship building between female Native American elders and youth.

Sharon Castleberry

East Carolina University School of Medicine

East Coast Migrant Head Start Project: Provided creative developmental education to children.

Jeffrey Childers

East Carolina University School of Medicine

Alexander County Health Department: Developed a diabetes education and prevention program.

Stephen Clayton

UNC-Charlotte School of Health Administration

Mecklenburg County: Increased access to health services by increasing awareness of health coverage programs in this county.

Deborah Courtney

NC State University School of Veterinary Medicine

Introduced a pet therapy program to a nursing home in Raleigh.

Deepu Gowda

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Youth Task Force in Siler City’s Zero Tolerance Program: Worked with the Youth Task Force to develop school-based primary prevention as a response to domestic violence problems.

Mary Hartsell

Duke University School of Nursing

HealthServe Medical Clinic: Implemented an HIV screening and treatment clinic in Greensboro.

Jessica Potts

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law

Durham Teen Court: Worked with the director to recruit mentors at NC law schools, established a victim impact program, and developed a database.

Sameena Rahman

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Durham’s Sexual Assault Response Team (SART): Helped implement protocols to assist victims of rape.

Cara Siano

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health

Performed community health worker training for grassroots Latino activists in Durham.

Christopher Sugg

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Pharmacy

Wellness Center of Orange County: Provided drug education through home visits and monitoring drug compliance.

Angela Turner

Campbell University School of Pharmacy

Forsyth County: Provided pharmacists with a video resource that would expand their Spanish skills in order to properly inform patients on medication instructions.

Cinthia Williford

Duke University School of Physical Therapy

Provided physical therapy education to a culturally diverse group of geriatric patients and their families in parts of Central and Western North Carolina.

1997-98


George Adams

East Carolina University School of Medicine

Wake County: Educated families living in rural Garner about heart disease, fire safety, and child safety through a series of weekend workshops.

Pamela Alston, LaToya Brown, Kristen Gill and Asha Proctor

UNC School of Medicine Chapel Hill High School: Continued and expanded a Sister-to-Sister program, with an emphasis on the mental, physical and sexual wellness of African American teenaged women.

Laura Calamos

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing

Durham County: Provided education and support to families with a terminally ill relative.

Jonathan Collins

East Carolina University School of Medicine

Pitt County: Created the first Insulin Dependent Diabetes Support Group for children and parents in the county.

Karen Dixon

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Developed visual materials and manuals for health professionals to use to improve women’s health services in Garysburg.

Kelly Dooley and Susanne Engler

Duke University School of Medicine

Continued existing acute care and preventive services at a Durham homeless shelter while also expanding its services to women and children.

Anissa Emanual-Bullard

Duke University School of Physician Assistant

Organized a health summit for children, youth, parents, and professionals working in Robeson County to promote mentorship and utilization of current services.

James Emery

UNC School of Public Health

Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC): Developed and implemented a public health education program.

Mary Herring

Campbell University School of Pharmacy

Tri-County Health Center: Developed and implemented a diabetes education and screening program.

Michelle Holloman

East Carolina University School of Medicine

Marin County: Developed a grief education program and bereavement support group.

Claire Horton

Duke University School of Medicine

Lincoln Health Center: Implemented a series of weekly sessions in Spanish for Latina clients on the topics of pregnancy, parenting, access to healthcare, and domestic violence issues.

Dawn Johnson

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Spearheaded a grassroots prevention, education, and awareness campaign against the spread of HIV in Durham’s Black community.

Timothy Lahey

Duke University School of Medicine

Wayne County: Formed a three-tiered support network for individuals who have been newly diagnosed with diabetes and hypertension.

Holly MacKenna

Bowman Gray School of Medicine

HOPE (HIV Outreach Program and Education): Lead a pediatric team to provide support services for a family in Mocksville.

Alan Muriera

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health

STEP (Sexually Transmitted Epidemic Prevention Project): Restructured STEPs lay health advisor training manual to educate men in Wilson county.

Mandi Summers

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health

Wayne, Pitt, and Grant Counties: Examined the health status and injury rates of migrant farm worker children.

1996-97


Andrew Bazemore

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Ocracoke Island: Increased awareness of high cholesterol-related health risks and provided cholesterol screenings for residents.

Andrea Bennett-Cain and Jennifer Brown

Bowman Gray School of Medicine

Forsyth County: Organized a church-based free clinic for the Hispanic community.

Michelle Collins

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health

Fremont: Provided occupational safety and health medical screening clinics.

Deborah Granick

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health

Southern High School: Developed a comprehensive health program for a school-based health center.

Tamara Gree, Tyhimba Hunt, Yewande Johnson and Deitra Williams

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Hillside High School: Developed a program called Sister-to-Sister which promotes healthy lifestyles to at-risk African American teenage youth in Durham.

Mark Hiatt

Bowman-Gray School of Medicine

North Wilkesboro: Improved breast cancer screening and detection for women in rural areas using telemedicine mammography.

Elizabeth Jarman

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing

Northampton County: Provided support and education to families and patients with acute confusion or dementia.

Sean Lucas

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health

Prospect Hill Community Health Center: Continued and expanded a farm worker dental clinic.

Fernando Martinez

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry

Carrboro Health Department: Established an evening dental clinic.

Amy McMann

Duke University School of Medicine

Shelter for Hope: Improved and expanded the operation of Duke University’s medical student volunteer program at this free clinic.

Alexis Moore

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Open Door Clinic: Conducted a needs assessment to assist with the implementation of health education programs.

Shannon Norris

Duke University School of Medicine

Began a collaborative community effort to help minority women protect themselves from, and prevent the spread of, HIV.

John Ogle

East Carolina University School of Medicine

Pitt County: Improved nutrition, safety, and immunization rates for children.

Gregory Paul

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Healthy Church Program: Combated hypertension and diabetes in five low-income communities (Halifax, Nash, Wayne, Northampton, and Wake Counties).

Carla Picardo

Bowman-Gray School of Medicine

Maxton, NC: Provided a Fetal Alcohol Syndrome prevention program.

David Thomas

Bowman-Gray School of Medicine

Boone, NC: Used a lay health worker model to provide health education programs to migrant farm workers.

1995-96


Cynthia Boyd

Duke University School of Medicine

Durham County Health Department: Provided education and counseling about sexually transmitted diseases.

Farr Curlin

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Caswell County: Developed evening and weekend dental clinics for migrant farm workers.

Stacey Curnow

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing

Chatham County Health Department: Provided counseling and support for pregnant adolescents.

Tiffany Diers and Will Lane

Duke University School of Medicine

Developed a free health clinic through the homeless shelter in Durham.

Brian Forrest

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Wake County Health Department and Wake AHEC: Improved access to healthcare services.

Nichole Grier

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Club Nova: Coordinated outreach efforts for the mentally ill.

Maria Yadira Hurley

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Prospect Hill, NC: Provided health education for Hispanic migrant women and also guided them toward available resources.

Seth Kaplan

Duke University School of Medicine

Lowes Grove Middle School: Developed a curriculum on violence prevention.

Gaddy Lassiter

East University School of Medicine

Hertford County: Designed and implemented a program to educate the elderly about their medications.

Manoj Menon

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine

IFC Shelter: Addressed the issues of poor dental care and alcoholism in the homeless population at this shelter in Chapel Hill.

Julia Nelson

East Carolina School of Medicine

Greenville Community Shelter: Provided health education for the homeless.

Ric Pardini

Bowman Gray School of Medicine

Improved screenings for cervical cancer and the follow-up on abnormal Pap smears for Native American women in Cherokee.

Marva Price

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health

Martin, Tyrrell, and Washington Counties: Identified intergenerational factors between African American mothers and daughters that affected decisions to seek cervical cancer screenings.

Lana Riemann

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health

Northampton County: Produced a child development video using local children in order to educate young mothers.

Karen Schetzina

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Chapel Hill High School: Worked with at-risk youth to improve their healthcare knowledge and with them, produced a health fair for their ninth grade class.

1994-95


Jennifer Allen

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Chatham County Health Department: Worked with leaders in churches and the community to educate citizens about the importance of breast and cervical cancer screening.

Elaine Denny

East Carolina University School of Medicine

Florence Crittenton Services of Greenville: Counseled pregnant adolescents on personal and infant care.

Theresa Flynn

Duke University School of Medicine, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health

The Exchange Club Child Abuse Prevention Center: Counseled families on strategies to prevent child abuse and lobbied the state legislature to improve child protection.

John Holtzapple

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine

The Prospect Hill Community Health Center: Improved access to health services for rural teens in Caswell County.

Anne Howard

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health

Salvation Army Shelter: Developed a health screening program for homeless children.

Barbara Laraia

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health

Chatham County: Educated mothers in the Hispanic Community about the benefits of breastfeeding.

Laurie Pahel-Short

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Randolph County Health Department: Instituted a smoking cessation program for pregnant women.

Janet Simmons

ECU School of Medicine

Pitt County Aids Service Organization: Counseled adolescents about HIV and AIDS.

Steven Verbinski

Duke University Medical School

Fremont Community Health Clinic: Improved diabetes awareness.

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