Inaugural Class of Alabama Schweitzer Fellows Named

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF)

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) announced the selection of its inaugural class of Alabama Schweitzer Fellows. UAB School of Public Health graduate students Shima Dowla (Health Behavior and School of Medicine) Ashley (A.T.) Helix (Health Behavior) and Rachel Stokes (Environmental Health Sciences) will spend the next year, along with 13 other fellows, learning to effectively address the social factors that impact health, and developing lifelong leadership skills. In doing so, they will follow the example set by famed physician-humanitarian Albert Schweitzer, for whom their Fellowship is named.

Shima Dowla, University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Public Health (Health Behavior and School of Medicine)

Shima will develop, implement, and evaluate a healthy living program for low-income adults with diabetes and obesity who receive care at Equal Access Birmingham. This program will employ strategies from the Health Behavior theory of public health with the goal of improving participants’ diet, physical activity, and medication adherence.
Community Site: Equal Access Birmingham

Ashley (A.T.) Helix, University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Public Health (Health Behavior)

Ashley will develop materials and provide an on-call volunteer for the friends/family members of someone who will be hospitalized for a mental health condition. The materials and volunteer will help them understand what their loved one will be experiencing while hospitalized; how they can help while their loved one is in the hospital; and how to be a support system when their loved one is released. The project will also establish a phone line that people could call if they were contemplating going to the hospital, but were nervous about the process or how it would actually help.

Community Site: Birmingham Crisis Center                                       


Rachel Stokes, University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Public Health (Environmental Health Sciences)

Rachel will address food insecurity in Birmingham by developing aquaponics and community gardens that will increase the availability of fresh produce year-round for partners and constituents of Christian Service Mission.

Community Site: Christian Service Mission

Further information about The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship can be found by clicking here.



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