(July 7, 2009)
Six students from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University have received Schweitzer Fellowships for 2009.
The students, who have finished their first year of medical school, commit to a year of service with a community agency, devoting more than 800 hours to local communities lacking access to adequate health services.
Below are the students' names and their service projects:
--Emily Cullen will work with the organization Operation Sunshine to begin a program to increase self-esteem, positive coping skills and healthy body image and exercise behaviors in girls ages 10-13.
--Kasey Joyner and Crystal Bowe are working with the Substance Abuse Coalition of Pitt County to educate youth on the harmful efforts of second-hand smoke and equip them with resources and knowledge to reduce their exposure.
--Sarah Mian and Reema Padia will work at the James Bernstein Community Health Center in Greenville to promote the education and well-being of Spanish-speaking women by teaching English skills, providing mentoring and holding health education sessions.
--Negin Misaghian is working at the ECU Pediatric Healthy Weight Research and Treatment Center to create a mentoring program that pairs at-risk and overweight children ages 9-13 with a medical student to encourage healthy lifestyles. Monthly education sessions will be held for families involved.
Twenty other graduate students from professional schools in North Carolina also received fellowships. Schweitzer Fellows continue their education while participating in the entry-year of the Schweitzer Fellows Program.
The first U.S.-based Schweitzer Fellows Program was founded in Boston in 1991, and the second was in North Carolina in 1994. Other programs are in Baltimore, Chicago, New Hampshire/Vermont, Pittsburgh, the Delaware Valley and San Francisco. Nearly 240 North Carolina Schweitzer Fellows have completed the program.
More information about the Schweitzer Fellowship program is available at http://www.schweitzerfellowship.org