Fellowship delivers innovative solutions to unmet health needs

Fellowship delivers innovative solutions to unmet health needs
Toni Nigro conducts her STEM for Girls Schweitzer project at Daniel Webster MS.

By Robert Evatt, Tulsa People

Toni Nigro, a student in Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences’ Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program, is working hard to prepare for a career as a family physician.

Even so, every week she and guests from the medical and scientific communities demonstrate STEM projects to sixth- through eighth-grade girls at Daniel Webster Middle School.

“It could be anything from learning what DNA is to showing them a real human brain,” Nigro says. “We also brought in some robotics and showed them what programming is.”

This science, technology, engineering and math work isn’t a side project — it’s part of Nigro’s growth as a medical professional, as well as a way to improve the overall health of Oklahoma. Her project and dozens of others came about due to the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, a 12-month program designed to address unmet health needs and develop the next generation of health leaders.

Rachel Gold, program director for the Tulsa Schweitzer Fellowship, says the Fellowship uses a broad definition of health. It views health as not just an absence of disease, but as a complete state of physical, mental and social well-being.

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