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Seven Trojans receive Schweitzer fellowships

Physician and humanitarian Albert Schweitzer (Photo/Rolf Unterberg)

Seven USC graduate students named as Albert Schweitzer Fellows in Los Angeles for 2013-14 will spend the next year learning to address the social factors that have an impact on health in underserved communities, thereby following in the footsteps of the famed physician for whom the honor was named.

The fellowship calls for individuals to partner with a community-based organization to complete a yearlong, 200-hour service project, as well as take part in leadership development training on top of other academic responsibilities.

“Our fellows are passionate about improving the health of those living in underserved communities, and they are committed to improving their own skills to do so,” said Sylvia Stevens, executive director of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. “Over the next 12 months, they will also learn how to be effective leaders.”

The 20 Los Angeles fellows will join approximately 220 other Schweitzer fellows working at 13 program sites —12 in the United States and one in Lambarene, Gabon, at the site of the Albert Schweitzer Hospital.

The USC recipients of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship are:

Victoria Cho, USC School of Pharmacy: Cho will inform older Chinese adults about polypharmacy and how cultural remedies affect medicines prescribed.

Nicole Coppage, Keck School of Medicine of USC: Coppage will speak to formerly incarcerated women and men about chronic diseases, how to access health care and available community resources.

Kelly Jones and Meghan Ward, Keck School: Jones and Ward will address the growing problem of body image and eating disorders among young women.

Alyson Kil, Keck School: Kil will improve access and availability of health care screenings available on Skid Row.

Ingrid Leu, Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy: Leu is designing and implementing a recovery-oriented curriculum targeting adults with serious or persistent mental illness while helping them to increase their self-sufficiency and improve well-being.

Yun-Ju Yoo, Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC: Yoo will address the oral health needs of older adult residents in Boyle Heights. She will also educate nursing assistants and other caregivers about the importance of oral health and its role in general health.

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