Columbus-Athens Schweitzer Fellows Program
Launched in September 2010 and hosted by The Ohio State University College of Medicine, the Columbus-Athens Schweitzer Fellows Program is a consortium currently comprised of nine colleges/schools from Ohio State and two colleges from Ohio University. In addition, two of Columbus' largest medical centers, OhioHealth and Nationwide Children's Hospital are full partners. The consortium model fuels the Columbus-Athens ASF program with prospective Fellows, board member expertise, and funding.
Participants are graduate/professional students whose fields of study and/or personal interests are relevant to the goals and mission of the program.
Schweitzer projects in Columbus and Athens address not only clinical health issues, but also the social determinants of health - defined by the World Health Organization as the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age, and which are mostly responsible for health and social inequities.
Since the chapter's inception in 2011, 111 Columbus-Athens Fellows have dedicated more than 22,200 hours of service to urban and rural underserved in Central and Southeast Ohio. They have met health-related needs of adults with disabilities, Somali immigrants, at-risk youth, persons who are elderly, the LGBT community, those experiencing homelessness, as well as other marginalized groups.