Iman and Ashley launched a project that enabled mainly home-bound women to learn how to take charge of their health, wellness and fitness, in partnership with the YWCA. The project gave Iman and Ashley’s participants the tools, skills and social connections to establish and maintain healthy lifestyles.
Tulsa Oklahoma November 2018
70 Schweitzer Fellows and Fellows for Life from across the US gathered in Tulsa for an intensive weekend that showcased Tulsa’s work addressing health disparities, and included peer-led workshops on topics including creating immigrant-friendly institutions, leading with gratitude and systemic advocacy in health care.
Vanessa led a diabetes education project at Community Health Connection and launched a Walk with a Doc series. Participants achieved lower A1C levels and BMIs, and developed tools and confidence to manage their diabetes.
Research shows that most girls give up on scientific studies by the age of 12. Toni’s project introduced girls at Daniel Webster and Monroe Middle Schools to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) career paths, through women professionals who facilitated hands-on projects each week to spark their imagination about their own professional goals.
Brooke and Ashley developed and implemented Oklahoma’s first juvenile detention facility-housed family resilience program, with a goal of breaking the cycle of intergenerational crime. The project, which continues today, is based at the Tulsa County Family Center for Juvenile Justice. It is rooted in the science that family is among the largest protective factors for kids who are at risk for delinquency.
Erin designed and implemented the first ever sibling support workshop series at The Little Lighthouse, a school that improves quality of life for children with special needs and their families. Erin served 50 children and their families, during her Fellowship year. The project has been sustained at the Little Lighthouse because of its impact.
What Drives Our Work
Oklahoma ranks 48, 49 or 50 in almost every health indicator there is to measure. Health disparities based on zip code, diet, activity level, food access, rates of diabetes and other chronic illness, mental and physical health care access, childhood obesity, and incarceration rates, are immense in Tulsa and Oklahoma. Addressing the health and social determinants of these disparities drives our work.
The Tulsa Schweitzer Fellowship is one of thirteen Schweitzer program sites across the U.S. The Fellowship incubates solutions to health gaps in the community and develops a pipeline of leaders who have the skills and commitment necessary to address unmet health needs for the long haul.
Tulsa Schweitzer Fellows are competitively chosen from graduate and professional degree programs at any Tulsa-area university and from any discipline. Fellows demonstrate a passion for cultivating positive impact in Tulsa where the need is greatest.
Fellows For Life Spotlight
Dr. Anh Lam is an internal medicine resident at OU Health Sciences Center. As future oncologist, Anh is passionate about healthcare disparities. Her research focuses on supportive/palliative care and financial toxicity among individuals with cancer. Anh is a graduate of OSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine and holds an MBA from the same institution.
Emy Gore is a speech-language pathologist at Tulsa Public Schools. For her Schweitzer Project, Emy partnered with Fellow Gabby Cozart to address literacy and student success with children who were residents of St. Elizabeth Lodge, a transitional house and support residence for women and their children. Emy is a graduate of TU’s graduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders
Dr. Autumn Slaughter is a psychologist at the Tulsa Veteran’s Affairs Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center and a research consultant for George Washington University. Autumn serves on the board of the Tristesse Grief Center and the steering committee of the interfaith dialogue organization Open Tables. Autumn is a graduate of TU’s Department of Psychology PhD program.
Mayra Valdivia Carlisle
Dr. Mayra Valdivia Carlisle is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Her Schweitzer project focused on diabetes education and a campaign to increase the number of affordable, healthy options at food establishments in her hometown of Sallisaw, Oklahoma. Mayra is a graduate of OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine and holds an MPH from the same institution.
Dr. Auston Steifer is an internal medicine resident at Duke University with interests in pulmonary and critical care, health disparities, and immigrant health. He is part of his residency’s Advocacy and Clinical Leadership Track and conducts research into the effects of environmental exposures on lung disease. Auston is a graduate of the OU-TU School of Community Medicine.
Leslie Briggs is the Legal Director at Oklahoma Appleseed, an organization that focuses on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, Education Justice and Election Justice. For her Schweitzer project, Leslie launched a restorative justice initiative at a local public middle school to increase alternatives to school suspension and expulsion. Leslie is a graduate of the TU College of Law.
Paul Delgado is a student at OSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she founded the first Latino Medical Student Association Oklahoma. Paul serves on the National Board of Directors of the same organization. Paul is part of the National Medical Fellowships Health Equity Leaders Program and the American Heart Association – National Hispanic Latino Cardiovascular Collaborative. Her Schweitzer project was cardiovascular education project in partnership with UMA Tulsa. Paul holds an MPH from Johns Hopkins University.
Meredith Wyatt is a Program Manager at OSU’s Center for Rural Health. She is a graduate of the OU College of Allied Health.
Dr. Chris McNeil is an ER Resident at Oklahoma State University. He is a Union Public Schools Board member and the Executive Director and founder of Youth Medical Mentorship. Chris is a graduate of OSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine.