Meet the 2020-21 Columbus-Athens Schweitzer Fellows!
The Schweitzer Fellows Program supports and trains emerging health-focused graduate and professional students in creating and carrying out service projects to address unmet community needs. The Fellows carry out an April-to-April community service project of at least 200 service hours, with at least 100 hours involving direct client contact. Fellows partner with an existing community agency in the Columbus or Athens area and have both an academic and a community-based mentor.
Faculty co-directors for the Columbus-Athens Schweitzer Fellows Program are Elizabeth Fitzgerald, associate professor in the College of Nursing, and Maria Gallo, associate professor in the College of Public Health.
Jenifer Akinduro and Belle Benanzea-Fontem
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Community Site: TBD
Benanzea-Fontem and Akinduro created an initiative called 'Workin' it Out! Understanding wellness WITH your healthcare provider'. This program is designed to increase physical and mental health healthcare literacy and trust in minority women. These sessions will consist of workouts as well as group discussions about navigating the healthcare system, understanding the roles of your providers, and addressing prohibitive factors to healthy lifestyle change in everyday life all by the side of future providers.
Yang Chu and Cindy Ding
The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy
Community Site: National Church Residencies
Ding and Chu propose to promote health and well-being of the residents of primarily Asian independent living facilities in Franklin County, by designing and implementing interactive activities, providing health related presentations, and ultimately sharing companionship with the residents.
Ohio University Patton College of Education
Community Site: Northeast Ohio High Schools
Kieninger proposes to develop and deliver financial literacy courses to individuals participating in the Aspire Grant Program in Athens, Ohio.
The Ohio State University College of Social Work
Community Site: TBD
Lynch proposes an identity development program for multiracial, multicultural, interfaith, multilingual, transracially adopted, or any other adolescents that feel they struggle to balance and navigate belonging in conflicting identities. The program will be a once weekly, one hou r program for 10 weeks focused on different aspects of identity development to increase self-esteem and sense of belonging and decrease anxiety symptoms.
Laurel Myers Hurst
The Ohio State University College of Nursing
Community Site: Talbot Hall Addiction Medicine (Wexner Medical Center)
Myers Hurst plans to form drumming groups among inpatient and outpatient clients at Talbot Hall Addiction Medicine of the Wexner Medical Center. The groups will deliver self-care and social and emotional skill building activities in a framework of drumming.
The Ohio State University School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Community Site: Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center
Provenzano is addressing social support for kinship caregivers by leading an online support group. The group will meet once a week and address different psychoeducational topics followed by sharing and discussion. Topics could include but are not limited to dealing with trauma, compassion fatigue, addiction, financial resources and child education, especially during COVID-19. Provenzano will also interview a group member each week to conceptualize their story. At the end of project, Provenzano will tell the kinship caregiver's stories in a way to raise awareness about the struggles and lack of support of this population.
Ohio University - Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Community Site: US Together
Shehata proposes to create lessons and activities for refugees/immigrants on mindfulness-based stress reduction through US Together. The sessions aim to increase feelings of self-efficacy when coping with stress and taking care of one's mental wellbeing as well as provide social support.
The Ohio State University School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences
Community Site: Goodwill Industries
Sorensen proposes to lead a virtual sexual education and healthy relationships course for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities at Goodwill Industries Day Program.