The Columbus-Athens Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) at The Ohio State University

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The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) is improving the health of vulnerable people now and for the future by developing a corps of Leaders in Service—professionals skilled in creating positive change with and in our communities, our health and human service systems, and our world. Launched in September 2010 and hosted by the OSU College of Medicine, the Columbus-Athens Schweitzer Fellows Program administers and supports 12-month community service Fellowships that are conducted in Columbus and Athens. Participants are students whose fields of study and/or personal interests are relevant to the goals and mission of the program. Schweitzer Fellows design and carry out projects that provide at least 200 hours of service in partnership with an existing community agency and under the supervision of an academic and community-based mentor. Fellows also attend an orientation retreat and monthly meetings and participate in reflective leadership development programming.


IMPACT. 1: Since 2010, the Columbus-Athens Schweitzer Fellows Program has selected 44 Fellows to carry out direct service projects with underserved populations in Franklin and Athens Counties. -- 2. Thus far, they have contributed more than 5,000 hours of service to local community agencies, schools, and free clinics. They have worked with adults and children from low income families, the elderly, the disabled, Somali immigrants, and other vulnerable populations.
OSU PARTNERS: College of Arts and Sciences; College of Dentistry; College of Medicine (host); College of Nursing; College of Optometry; College of Pharmacy; College of Public Health; Fisher College of Business; College of Social Work; College of Veterinary Medicine
COMMUNITY PARTNERS: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine; Trinity Lutheran Seminary; OhioHealth; Nationwide Children's Hospital
PRIMARY CONTACT: Terry "Chip" Bahn (



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