JUNE 10, 2013  


Student-led community-based projects will address health disparities throughout Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES- Three Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) students were selected for the prestigious Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASP).  They are among 20 graduate-level students chosen for the 2013-2014 class of Los Angeles Schweitzer Fellows who will spend a year learning to effectively address the social factors that impact health and developing lifelong leadership skills in the name of famed physician and humanitarian, Albert Schweitzer. The three are among nine students awarded the fellowship in the past.
CDU students will be part of the approximately 230 National Schweitzer Fellows working at 13 program sites, 12 in the US and one in Lambaréné, Gabon, to partner with local community-based organizations for service projects.

“At Charles R. Drew University, we aim to produce health care leaders dedicated to improving the overall health in underserved communities, “ said President David M. Carlisle, M.D., Ph.D. “These students have gone above and beyond for this meaningful Fellowship.”
Lyndsey Bradley and Hannah Kim are students of the College of Medicine, Class of 2016. helping students understand the social determinants of health and connecting them to resources that will address these issues with HealthBegins.
Sonia Morales, a College of Medicine student Class of 2014, is bringing a Photonovela and a one-on-one education intervention program to families of pediatric cancer survivors in the community setting with PADRES Contra El Cancer. Sonia said, “This is so exciting, and the timing of the Schweitzer fellowship for me is perfect. Having the opportunity to bring resources to the communities that otherwise lack them, hits close to home for me personally.”
After completing their project, these students will become Schweitzer Fellows for Life, a network of 2,500 individuals dedicated to addressing health disparities.
Established in 1992, the mission of The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship is to develop individuals who are dedicated and skilled in addressing the health needs of underserved communities, and whose example influences and inspires others.

The Los Angeles Schweitzer Fellows program, founded in 2007, was collaboration between Kaiser Permanente; Los Angeles Physicians for Social Responsibility; Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County; University of Southern California; and University of California, Los Angeles. Kaiser Permanente of Southern California provides funding.


For more information, please contact:

Jessica Gelzer
323-892-2080 OR 818-399-4088




About Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
CDU is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian, minority-serving medical and health sciences institution. Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, CDU has graduated more than 550 medical doctors, 2,500 post-graduate physicians, more than 2,000 physician assistants and hundreds of other health professionals. The only dually designated Historically Black Graduate Institution and Hispanic Serving Health Professions School in the U.S., CDU is recognized as a leader in translational and health inequities research, specifically with respect to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, mental health, and HIV/AIDS. Recently, the CDU/UCLA medical program was named the best performaer in the University of California System with respect to producing outstanding underrepresented minority physicians by the Greenlining Institute. For more information, visit


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