Halema Buzayan of Davis, a student at the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy, has received an Albert Schweitzer Fellowship.
The 15 Albert Schweitzer Fellows from Los Angeles are graduate students who will spend the next year learning to effectively address the social factors that impact health, and developing lifelong leadership skills. In doing so, they will follow the example set by famed physician-humanitarian Albert Schweitzer, for whom their Fellowship is named.
“Schweitzer Fellowships change lives, both of the individual Fellows as well as those of the many vulnerable community members they serve through their Fellowship projects,” said John Su, program director of the Los Angeles Schweitzer Fellows Program.
“Our Fellows learn to lead and innovate as they tackle complex health needs — skills they will use again and again throughout their professional careers. Meanwhile, their project participants learn information, skills and behaviors that will assist them in leading healthier lives.”
Schweitzer Fellows develop and implement service projects that address the root causes of health disparities in under-resourced communities, while at the same time fulfilling their academic responsibilities as full-time students. Each project is implemented in collaboration with a community-based organization.
This year’s Fellows will address an array of health issues affecting a range of populations, including a program to assist victims of sexual violence achieve healthy mental and physical health through yoga and art therapy; helping young adults with intellectual disabilities take care of their oral health; assisting older adults and ethnic minorities with advanced care planning; and educating parents of young children in South Los Angeles about the importance of oral health.
The 15 Fellows from Los Angeles will join approximately 220 other 2014-15 Schweitzer Fellows working at 12 program sites — 11 in the United States and one in Lambaréné, Gabon, at the site of The Albert Schweitzer Hospital, founded by Schweitzer in 1913.
Buzayan will be educating American Muslim women about osteoporosis risk and prevention through group workshops and individual counseling sessions. Her community site is the Islamic Center of Irvine.