“…after being involved in the fellowship, Tulsa is not just a place I call home, but it is a home about which I understand the history, the social determinants, and the health disparities and is a place where I have and can continue to make a difference. I am now actually and personally invested in Tulsa thanks to the Fellowship.” —Shannon Delaney, Schweitzer Fellow 2016-17, Pediatric Resident Physician, OU Tulsa
Founded in 2015, the Tulsa Schweitzer Fellowship is one of thirteen active Schweitzer program sites across the U. S. dedicated to developing a pipeline of professionals who enter the workforce with the skills and commitment necessary to address unmet health needs for underserved populations. Tulsa Fellows are competitively chosen from graduate and professional degree students at any Tulsa-area university. Fellows come from a variety of academic disciplines, from medicine and nursing, to law and fine art.
The Schweitzer Fellowship
The Tulsa Schweitzer Fellowship is a one-year interdisciplinary, mentored Fellowship program that improves health outcomes for underserved populations in Tulsa and develops leaders who are committed to addressing health disparities in the community for the long haul. The mission of the U.S. Schweitzer Fellows Program® is to prepare the next generation of professionals to serve and empower vulnerable people to live healthier lives and create healthier communities. To accomplish this, the Fellows learn how to:
- Use their skills and knowledge in real-life situations;
- Become culturally sensitive and compassionate leaders;
- Understand the impact of social and environmental determinants of health;
- Build capacity and commitment to improve the health status of individuals and communities and impact social change;
- Work collaboratively and across disciplines in pursuit of a common goal; and
- Sharpen leadership skills to work with and influence community-based organizations, community leaders, and academic institutions
Fellows receive a $2000 stipend. The stipend may be used in any way the Fellow wishes, including project related costs and personal expenses.
Upon successful completion of the Fellowship, Fellows become part of an alumni network of Fellows for Life – an interdisciplinary network of professionals who are dedicated to- and skilled in- meeting the health needs of underserved communities.
Reach and Accomplishments
Since the Tulsa Fellowship launched, 46 Fellows have provided 8341 hours of service to Tulsa’s most vulnerable communities. Partnering with 33 community-based organizations, these Fellows have addressed a wide variety of unmet health needs by innovating and implementing yearlong service projects. Projects have focused on a range of areas including:
- Mental and behavioral health
- Nutrition and wellness
- Trauma-informed care
- Child/adolescent health
- Restorative Justice
- Immigrant/refugee health
- Health literacy and education
- Chronic disease management
See past and current participating community sites here.
Over 70% of Schweitzer projects have been sustained beyond the Fellowship year. For a complete listing of current and past Fellows’ projects see Fellows and Projects.
At the end of the Fellowship year, Fellows join the Fellows for Life community, a network of over 4000 like-minded professionals committed to the ongoing work of meeting the health needs of underserved individuals in the communities where they live.