Chatham News

Albert Schweitzer Fellowship selects two Master of Physician Assistant Studies students as Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellows

By: Patrice Taddonio, Communications Manager, The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship
May 5, 2010

PITTSBURGH (May 5, 2010) … The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF)announced today that two Chatham University students have been selected as 2010-11 Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellows. Over the next year, these two emerging professionals will join approximately 200 other 2010-11 Schweitzer Fellows across the country in conceptualizing and carrying out service projects that address the unmet health-related needs of underserved individuals and communities:

• Danielle Almony and Sara Ward, Chatham University – Physician Assistant Studies Program, 2nd Year

Danielle and Sara aim to improve the health of underserved individuals by developing and delivering a wellness program for patients participating in the East Liberty Family Health Care Center’s Outreach Program. Their program will include individual and group sessions focused on nutrition and exercise, making better choices, and substance abuse.

Upon completion of their initial Fellowship year, Danielle and Sara will become Schweitzer Fellows for Life—and join a vibrant network of over 2,000 individuals who are skilled in, and committed to, addressing the health needs of underserved people throughout their careers as professionals.

“I suspect that our nation’s health care crisis will persist for years as the new legislation gradually becomes implemented. In the meantime, health suffers,” Sara says. “And health suffers more in the underserved, under-educated, under-employed than in the more wealthy segments of the population. At the same time, compelling medical literature indicates again and again that a large margin of disease is due to lifestyle choices. Daily habits are something that can be addressed before the insurance predicament is solved.”

“This program will hopefully work with disadvantaged individuals on developing individualized health plans that will address their chronic diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension,” Danielle says.

About The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship
The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship is a national nonprofit that translates idealism into action, supporting 230+ Fellows from the nation’s top health and human service schools as they develop and implement service projects with a direct — and lasting — impact on the health of underserved communities. Annually, U.S. Schweitzer Fellows deliver more than 40,000 hours of health-related community service. A number of Schweitzer Fellows also work at the Schweitzer Hospital in Lambaréné, Africa, providing skilled care through over 35,000 outpatient visits and more than 6,000 hospitalizations annually for patients from all parts of Gabon. When Fellows’ initial year ends, they carry their commitment to lifelong service forward as members of the Fellows for Life network, now more than 2,000 strong.

About Chatham University
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Every Chatham student – women in Chatham’s historic women’s residential college, and men and women in Chatham’s graduate programs – receives a highly individualized, experiential educational experience that is informed by Chatham’s strong institutional commitment to globalism, the environment and citizen leadership. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with Chatham Eastside and the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Farm Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information call 800-837-1290 or visit