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Project by 2018-19 Fellow Sherilyn Garner, UAB School of Public Health

Increased coping skills through yoga and mindfulness

Sherilyn founded Peace.Love.Youth.(in)Yoga, or PLY2 , a nonprofit dedicated to growing the work of her fellowship project – bringing yoga and mindfulness to youth in disadvantaged communities to teach coping mechanisms and stress reduction.

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Project by 2017-18 Fellows William Gafford and Newton Tinsley, Samford University, Ida Moffett School of Nursing

Preventive health initiatives for adults with developmental disabilities

William and Newton equipped staff at a school for young adults with developmental disabilities by teaching CPR/AED. In addition, they started a walking program, increasing students' physical activity up to 120 minutes/week. Newton and William also taught hand hygiene, reducing flu and respiratory illnesses.

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Project by 2017-18 Fellow Ray Dawkins, UAB School of Dentistry

Oral health education and connection to care for underserved children

Ray partnered with Chris Health Center's dental clinic to provide outreach at Lovelady Women's Center, educating mothers about oral hygiene habits and connecting 52 pediatric patients to dental treatment. 40 children measurably improved their oral hygiene habits.

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Project by 2018-19 Fellows Josh Bruce and Alison Footman, UAB School of Public Health

HIV and STI testing that breaks geographical barriers

Josh and Alison provided free HIV tests to over 1,400 people across Jefferson County, providing confidential HIV counseling and education while testing. Four individuals were found to be HIV positive and were linked to care. Birmingham AIDS Outreach now uses the protocol they developed and plans to expand beyond Jefferson County.

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Improving Health

Developing Leaders

Creating Change

Our Impact

The Alabama Fellows Program is one of thirteen active Schweitzer programs across the U.S. dedicated to developing a pipeline of emerging professionals who enter the workforce with the skills and commitment necessary to address unmet health needs.

Alabama Schweitzer Fellows are competitively chosen from students enrolled in graduate and professional schools around the state, who demonstrate a passion for cultivating positive change in Alabama communities where the need is greatest.

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health & human service leaders graduated
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"Being a Schweitzer Fellow has opened my eyes to so many potential projects that one could take on. While this can be discouraging, I have realized that seeing these opportunities is a really cool way to live. After this fellowship, I plan to stay out of my comfort zone, see the challenges that humans face, and do my best to lend that helping hand."
Caroline Fuller
Fellow for Life 2017-18