New class of Schweitzer Fellows features three SPHTM students

2014 SPHTM Schweitzer FellowsTulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine students Nilima Mehta, Rebecca Atkinson, and Adam Bradley have all been named Albert Schweitzer Fellows for the 2014-2015 year.

Named for renowned physician and humanitarian Albert Schweitzer, this competitive fellowship empowers graduate students to develop and implement year-long service projects in underserved communities, while simultaneously fulfilling their academic courses and requirements. More than 50 Schweitzer Fellows have served in New Orleans since 2007, and these individuals have dedicated approximately 8,000 hours of service collectively.

Though Schweitzer Fellows possess a variety of academic and professional backgrounds, all of their projects seek to address the underlying causes of local health disparities. Working with local rehabilitation organization Eden House, tropical medicine student Nilima Mehta will enact an education program to increase awareness regarding prostitution and human trafficking. Mehta also plans to develop a resource kit to help create similar programs in other locations following the Eden House model.

A student in the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences (GCHB), Atkinson will plan and implement a program to provide anxiety and depression coping strategies through existing adolescent sport programs.

Another GCHB student, Adam Bradley will work with local organization Puentes to implement a Spanish health education program for New Orleans’ Latino residents. Additionally, Bradley will devise strategies to advocate for improved language access at local clinics and hospitals.

This year, Bradley, Atkinson, and Mehta join 220 other Schweitzer Fellows conducting projects in 12 program sites in the United States and Gabon. Upon finishing their project year, the students will become Schweitzer Fellows for Life and join a network of more than 3,000 fellowship alumni who work through different disciplines to improve quality-of-life and health disparities in their respective communities.

Virginia Savage
July 23, 2014



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