Three OU-Tulsa students have been named 2019-2020 Schweitzer Fellows. E’ula Green and Rockolyn Daniels are students in the School of Social Work. Their project addresses food insecurity in North Tulsa through education and community gardening, in partnership with the Community Empowerment Project. Trang Kieu, a medical student, will address the importance of seniors completing and understanding Advanced Directives. Kieu will work with the Bedlam Clinic to have meaningful conversations and set up action plans so her participants can establish end-of-life plans.
The Tulsa Schweitzer Fellowship began in 2015 as part of a national network of Albert Schweitzer Fellowship chapters across the United States. ASF chapters are dedicated to improving the health of vulnerable people by developing a corps of emerging professionals who enter the workforce with the skills and commitment necessary to address unmet health needs.
Each year, the Tulsa chapter selects approximately 14 Fellows who are competitively chosen from graduate and professional degree student applicants studying at any Tulsa-area university.
Applicants come from any discipline, including medicine, nursing, public health, social work, education, allied health, law and the arts. Schweitzer Fellows design and implement community-based projects that address health disparities in Tulsa, as well as the social determinants of health, such as poverty, the environment and education. Projects encompass everything from promoting early childhood literacy, diabetes education and launching school-based restorative justice programs, to encouraging healthy exercise and nutrition habits and trauma-based behavioral health interventions at outpatient facilities for children.
The Schweitzer Fellowship year expands a student’s educational experience by providing hands-on knowledge, skills and networking related to innovative project design, leadership and community health rarely found in traditional professional health training.