Student Corner: Schweitzer Fellows

Medical students Jennifer Lee, Diana Whitney, Peter Yeh and Christine Ogugbuaja have been selected as members of the 2015-2016 class of Albert Schweitzer Fellows from the Houston-Galveston area. They will work on yearlong projects that address community health needs.

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship – Houston Galveston is a non-profit organization housed at Baylor that offers students the opportunity to design and implement a health-related community project that provides direct service to an underserved population. Students are paired with mentors, field experts and community sites to meet vital local health needs, with an immediate and lasting impact in the Houston-Galveston area.

Since 2008 nearly 100 Albert Schweitzer Fellows in Houston-Galveston have completed projects in areas such as HIV/AIDS care, homeless support, oral health, nutrition, refugee health, mental health awareness, mobile health clinics, smartphone health apps, family and teen support groups, healthcare education and more.

Four BCM students have been selected to join this prestigious group.

  • Fellow Jennifer Lee is working in partnership with the Baylor Teen Health Clinic to raise awareness of HPV associated cervical cancer among young women through education and increased access to preventative care. Read Lee’s blog on the ASFHG website.
  • Fellows Peter Yeh and Christine Ogugbuaja are working together to improve the quality of life of adolescent sickle cell disease patients as they transition to adulthood. They are implementing a network of support groups, mentorship programs and workshops in conjunction with Texas Children’s Hospital and community organizations throughout Houston. Read Yeh’s blog on the ASFHG website. Read Ogugbuaja’s blog.
  • Fellow Diana Whitney (in partnership with Fellow Elizabeth Mercer of UT Health Medical School) is working at The Beacon, a Houston-area day center affiliated with the HOMES Clinic, a student-run clinic for the homeless, in order to identify and address health and hygiene needs specific to homeless women. Read Whitney’s blog on the ASFHG website.

ASFHG is under the new leadership of Executive Director Dr. Gabrielle Hansen of the department of family and community medicine.

“I am thrilled to be part of such a wonderful mission and delighted to facilitate links between local community agencies and these enthusiastic fellows. You only have to meet one of our fellows to truly understand that one person can really make a difference. These young people are incredibly inspiring!”

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship program is recruiting Houston-Galveston based graduate students in all fields for the 2016-2017 fellowship. For more information, contact Hansen at or 713-798-1045, or visit ASFHG on the web at