Academic Excellence - For WSSU Schweitzer Fellows IT's a Matter of Balance
Occupational Therapy students Luke de Andrade and Hagar Abdel-Baky are conducting Fall Prevention Screens, running Matter of Balance Classes, and participating in CarFit Events as part of their completion of an Albert Schweitzer Fellowship.
Their goal is to work with seniors on community mobility skills. In the Matter of Balance class is an 8-week program designed to increase balance and safe mobility in the senior citizen population. CarFit is a program designed to look at the fit between a driver and his or her car, including making sure the driver has mirrors properly arranged and is aware of how to operate the vehicle's controls.
North Carolina Albert Schweitzer Fellows and will spend the year learning to effectively address the social factors that impact health and also developing lifelong leadership skills.
The Schweitzer Fellows from WSSU join approximately 220 other graduate students at 12 program sites through the United States in partnering with local community-based organizations to develop and implement mentored service projects that improve the health and well-being of underserved people. Their projects are conducted in addition to their regular academic responsibilities.
Established in 1992, the U.S. Schweitzer Fellows Program is designed to deliver immediate impact on the root causes of health inequities by partnering with community-based organizations on year-long, 200-hour service projects. The Fellowships' leadership programming also develops health professionals who understand not only clinical issues, but also the social determinants of health. Upon completion of their initial year, students become Schweitzer Fellows for Life with a commitment to addressing the health needs of underserved people throughout their professional careers.