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Aspart of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship(ASF) program, six EastCarolina University graduate students are developing projects whoseaim is to impact community health positively. The program helps thestudents learn to serve and support vulnerable people in livingbetter lives. The six graduate students all have experience indifferent fields including farming, prenatal oral health and veterantransition to civilian life. These experiences will be discussed at agreater length in the paper.

EmilyCunningham and Anna Laughman`s aim is to create safer farming methodsfor the farm workers and their families. Their project seeks toimprove awareness concerning the dangers of exposure to pesticides tomigrant farmers, for example Mexicans. This is because they leave thecomfort of their homes and travel seeking employment in agriculturalfarms with an aim of making money to support their families. Theysuffer morbidity and mortality rates higher than the majority ofAmericans in addition to poverty, limited health access, lack ofregulations and hazardous working conditions.

AlexandraDavis and Ljiljana Karan are dental students who aim to dispel mythssurrounding oral care during pregnancy. They are working on expandingthe prenatal oral health program. They have a unique perspectiveconcerning oral health care during pregnancy Whereas, many otherpeople including health care providers believe that pregnant womenshould not be exposed to any radiographic imaging or receive dentaltreatment during gestation, they consider oral health to be of utmostimportance to both mother and unborn child.

JohnHurley and Lesley Hopper’s project is aimed at giving assistance toveterans transitioning to civilian life. Their project, On Belay, isa support system whereby the veterans are connected with sponsors inthe community who help them access veteran resources or just listento them.

AlbertSchweitzer was a jack of many trades. He was a French-Germanphysician, theologian, philosopher, and organist(Huang, 2011).Albert went to Africa as a medical missionary and founded hishospital in Gabon, Africa. He received many honors The Nobel PeacePrize, Goethe Prize of Frankfurt and honorary doctorates fromnumerous universities.

TheAlbert Schweitzer Fellowship was formed in 1940. Its original focuswas to support the Schweitzer Hospital, but now it has grown. ASFaims to influence the entire globe and hence perpetuating Dr. AlbertSchweitzer’s philosophy and legacy. The program selects a group ofgraduate students in innovative leadership and learning developmentprogram made to sharpen and increase the students’ abilities.


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