Baylor’s Schweitzer Fellows make difference in community

Several Baylor College of Medicine medical students have been selected as Albert Schweitzer Fellows from the Houston-Galveston area for 2018-19, working on community health projects that focus on the underserved.

Baylor's 2018-2019 Schweitzer Fellows

Baylor’s 2018-2019 Schweitzer Fellows

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship – Houston/Galveston is a non-profit organization 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 a lasting impact. The program helps students develop lifelong service leadership skills that will enable them to address social determinants of health throughout their careers.

Students from Baylor College of Medicine, their project site and a brief description of their project are:

  • Peter Yun and Soumya Gogia, Martin Luther King Jr. Health Center
    • Working minority women in the perinatal period to address maternal stressors and well-being
  • Dima Jaraki and Hannah Hongan Chen, Brighter Bites
    • Working with families that participate in Brighter Bites CATCH program to help establish healthier eating and cooking habits
  • Catherine Wu, Interfaith Ministries
    • Working with elderly patients recently discharged from hospitals to promote nutrition and wraparound care through the Meals on Wheels program

“Their projects build on the wonderful work of previous fellows and also introduce new partner agencies to the innovative programs these fellows dedicate their energy and commitment to all year long,” said Dr. Gabrielle Hansen, who leads the Houston-Galveston area Schweitzer program. “I’m very excited to watch them grow as emerging health leaders with a heart for service and see the important contributions they will make in our communities in need.”

Learn more about their projects in these videos.