Schweitzer Fellows to aid underserved communities


Three UIndy graduate students are among just 14 in Indiana selected for the 2012–13 Albert Schweitzer Fellowship program, joining more than 200 Fellows nationwide who will work with community organizations to design and carry out service projects in health care for underserved communities.

Sara Harker (left) and Micaela Hornstein (right), both students in the University’s Krannert School of Physical Therapy, will work to add physical therapy to the services at the Indiana University Student Outreach Clinic located on Indianapolis’s east side. Christina Rajanayakam (left), who is studying Project Management for Human Services Professionals through UIndy’s Center for Aging & Community, will work with Aging and Community Services of South Central Indiana to improve hospital discharge procedures for older adults.

The fellowship includes a $3,000 stipend. Upon completing their fellowship year, the students will be Schweitzer Fellows for Life, a network of nearly 2,500 professionals committed to addressing health needs of underserved people throughout their careers. UIndy’s College of Health Sciences is a sponsor of Indiana’s Schweitzer program, launched in 2011. Health Sciences Dean Stephanie Kelly serves on its advisory board.