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New Orleans Schweitzer Fellows Program

Fellowships to Louisiana Graduate
Students to Address Health Disparities

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The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship - New Orleans Chapter

Conf. Date:

11/18/20

Deadline Date:

02/01/21

Description:

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Fellowships to Louisiana graduate students to implement a community-centered program to address health disparities in eligible areas. Funding is intended to prepare a cohort of the next generation of professionals to empower and serve vulnerable populations to live healthier lives and create healthier communities in Greater New Orleans.

Prospective Fellows should be prepared to partner with a local community agency to design a community service project that seeks to provide direct service to an underserved population. 

Projects should: 

  • Focus on improving health and/or the social determinants of health in an underserved population. Schweitzer Fellows focus on health as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO): a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Rooted in this holistic understanding of health, Schweitzer projects address not only clinical health issues, but also the social determinants of health—defined by the WHO as the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age, and which are mostly responsible for health inequities.
  • Provide a direct service that meets a community-defined need and reflects national and local health priorities, such as Healthy People 2020. Prospective applicants should investigate and reflect on unmet local health-related needs, and think through the ways in which their energies and talents might contribute, even in small ways, to ameliorating one or more of these problems. Applicants are encouraged to communicate with potential community partners prior to submitting their applications and to be specific in their proposals about their relationships with their community partners.
  • Be of enduring value to the community/agency served.  The project proposal should include a brief discussion about sustainability of the project at the end of the Fellowship year.

The New Orleans Schweitzer Fellows Program is an interdisciplinary, mentored fellowship program focused on health-related community service and leadership development. Schweitzer Fellows:

  • Use their skills and knowledge to develop entrepreneurial solutions to real-life problems;
  • Engage with communities using cultural humility;
  • Increase their understanding of the impact of social and environmental determinants of health;
  • Build capacity for and commitment to improving the health status of individuals and communities and contribute to social change;
  • Work collaboratively and across disciplines in pursuit of a common goal;
  • Develop resiliency by learning how to care for yourself while serving others.

While the applicant’s field of study does not have to be traditionally health-related, his/her proposed service project must focus on health and/or the social determinants of health. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177433

Term of Contract:

Applicants must be enrolled throughout the Fellowship year (next cohort April 2021 – April 2022).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Students enrolled in a graduate or professional degree-granting program from any accredited academic institution in the Greater New Orleans area may apply. While the applicant’s field of study does not have to be traditionally health-related, his/her proposed service project must focus on health and/or the social determinants of health. Past Fellows have addressed health from a wide variety of perspectives and disciplines including, but not limited to, dentistry, education, engineering, law, medicine, music, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, public health, and social work.

Applicants must be enrolled throughout the Fellowship year (next cohort April 2021 – April 2022). Applicants scheduled for a December graduation should contact the Program Director to determine if they are eligible for a waiver to this requirement.

Research, fundraising, and policy-based projects are not considered eligible for a Schweitzer Fellowship.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Prior to applying for the Fellowship, applicants are strongly encouraged to attend a virtual information session to learn more about the program.

Wednesday, November 18 from 6-7pm – Application tips with Program Director Chelsey Leruth, click here to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIkdeqtrDoqHNdKumM-ZQUeEh2GL0LrxrSy

If you are not able to attend one of the events listed above or you would like additional information, please contact the Program Director.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: February 1, 2021

Students are strongly encouraged to contact the Program Director for feedback on your project proposal before submitting an application.

How to apply: https://www.asfnola.org/apply/

Application Tips for 2021-22 Fellowship: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4OMInQ4G9Q&t=31s

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeAurpw1bdIDigeM-gccjZgToRCwk8Qm5UBLUCduLCIP0yeaA/viewform

Program Director:
Chelsey Leruth, MPH
Mailing Address: 2701 Airline Dr., Ste. K #140, Metairie, LA
T: (617) 406-9262
director@asfnola.org

Albert Schweitzer Fellowship
c/o Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
1440 Canal Street, 2200 – 8319
New Orleans, LA 70112

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Louisiana: Greater New Orleans area

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