Eight Health Sciences Campus graduate students have been awarded Albert Schweitzer Fellowships, for their service projects to improve the health of underserved populations.

The following USC students awarded Schweitzer Fellowships for 2014-2015 were:

  • Sara Abdelhalim, Keck School of Medicine of USC, for creating a holistic healing program for survivors of sexual violence at the USC Center for Women and Men and Peace Over Violence.
  • Warren Yamashita, Keck School of Medicine, for establishing a network of student counselors to educate and increase the enrollment of Latinos in Covered CA and Medi-Cal insurance.
  • Lauren Maldonado, Keck School of Medicine, for implementing advanced care planning services for low-income geriatric and/or ethnic minority patients in East Los Angeles through the LAC+USC Geriatrics Clinic.
  • David Routman, Keck School of Medicine, for partnering with a UCLA nursing student to improve outcomes for diabetic adults by promoting counseling and follow-up in addition to lipid-lowering medication through the Northeast Valley Health Corp.
  • Halema Buzayan, USC School of Pharmacy, for setting up workshops and counseling sessions at the Islamic Center of Irvine to educate American Muslim women about osteoporosis risk and prevention.
  • Karen Tan, USC School of Pharmacy, for establishing seminars for older Chinese patients at APC Senior Wellness Center in Alhambra to promote safe medication use.
  • Alyssa Concha, USC Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, for developing supplemental training for an organization called Promotores de Salud.
  • Allison T. Davis, Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, for implementing an oral hygiene training program for young adults with intellectual disability at Almansor Academy.

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship aims to help develop a workforce of skilled professionals who are committed to addressing the underlying causes of health disparities in underserved communities.