NewsSpring 2011

UIndy helps launch health fellowship program

The University of Indianapolis is a sponsor of a new statewide fellowship program designed to address community health care needs and develop tomorrow’s public health leaders. This month, Indiana became the 13th state to host the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, which supports top graduate and professional-school students in providing health-related services to people in need.

Stephanie Kelly, dean of UIndy’s College of Health Sciences, serves on the advisory board for the new Indiana Schweitzer Fellows Program. “Supporting this program is a natural fit for UIndy, given the strength of our graduate programs in nursing, psychology, gerontology, and physical and occupational therapy,” Kelly said. “And the Schweitzer organization’s goals are certainly in keeping with our philosophy of community engagement and ‘Education for Service.’”

The Indiana program will announce its first class of 15 fellows this spring, chosen from a range of academic disciplines that could include health care, social work, law, and engineering. Once selected, each fellow will receive a $3,000 stipend, ongoing mentoring, and additional support in working with a local community-based organization for one year, devoting at least 200 hours to a sustainable project that addresses an unmet health need.

UIndy is among several institutions funding the Indiana program site, which is hosted by IUPUI. Active for nearly two decades, the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship is a national nonprofit organization that describes its mission as “addressing health disparities by developing leaders in service.”

Aside from the direct benefit to underserved populations, a key goal of the program is to promote general collaboration across the health sciences and to provide experience for individual practitioners in working with professionals from different fields of study. After completing the one-year fellowship, recipients become members of Fellows for Life, Schweitzer’s national alumni network of more than 2,000 emerging professionals in various fields. The application deadline for the Indiana Schweitzer Fellows Program is March 1 of each year. More information is available at www.schweitzerfellowship.org/features/us/ind.

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