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For Release: May 30, 2012
Contact: Derik Hertel, 603-650-1211 or derik.hertel@dartmouth.edu

Eleven Dartmouth Medical Students Named New Hampshire-Vermont Schweitzer Fellows


Albert Schweitzer, physician-humanitarian

Hanover, N.H.—Congratulations to the eleven students at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth who were named 2012-2013 New Hampshire-Vermont Schweitzer Fellows by the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, named for the famous physician-humanitarian.

As part of this prestigious program, Geisel's Schweitzer fellows will join the approximately 230 Schweitzer Fellows across the nation to partner with local community-based organizations to build yearlong, mentored service projects to improve the health of underserved populations.

"I'm very proud of our students for earning this prestigious fellowship and for all the good they'll be up to in the coming year," said Wiley "Chip" Souba, MD, ScD, MBA, dean of the Geisel School of Medicine. "They are truly living our mission of improving the lives of the communities we serve."

This year's Schweitzer Fellows from the Geisel School of Medicine are:

  • Mazin Abdelghany and Samantha Batman will provide health education to low-income individuals and families at community dinners. They plan to integrate the 5-2-1-0 Healthy Kids Countdown, a health promotion initiative based on evidence-based messaging emphasizing healthy nutritional choices and behaviors.—Community Site: Claremont Soup Kitchen

  • Christopher Beeler and Andree Koop will motivate kids to get outside and be active during the winter months by leading outdoor trips and teaching healthy cooking classes. They may also adapt and carry out their "Passport to Winter Fun" program over the summer months. They plan to integrate the 5-2-1-0 Healthy Kids Countdown, a health promotion initiative based on evidence-based messaging emphasizing healthy nutritional choices and behaviors.—Community Site: Upper Valley Trails Alliance

  • Juliana Castedo and Sadie Marden will provide cooking and nutrition lessons to families living in two subsidized housing projects in New Hampshire and Vermont. They plan to integrate the 5-2-1-0 Healthy Kids Countdown, a health promotion initiative based on evidence-based messaging emphasizing healthy nutritional choices and behaviors. Community Site: Lebanon Housing Authority

  • Kelly Everhart and Nicole Nakamaru will work to improve the physical and emotional health of young mothers facing economic and personal challenges by promoting fitness and healthy lifestyle choices. They plan to integrate the 5-2-1-0 Healthy Kids Countdown, a health promotion initiative based on evidence-based messaging emphasizing healthy nutritional choices and behaviors. Community Site: The Family Place

  • Nadeem Modan will work to increase uninsured people's access to social services and will update the Good Neighbor Health Clinic's resource guide. Community Site: Good Neighbor Health Clinic

  • David Qian and Rifat Zaman will work to revitalize and expand an education and mentoring support network for at-risk youth experiencing homelessness and substance abuse issues. Community Site: The Junction: Listen's Teen Life Skills Center

Upon completion of their Fellowship year, these Geisel students will become Schweitzer Fellows for Life—and join a vibrant network of nearly 2,500 individuals who are skilled in, and committed to, addressing the health needs of underserved people throughout their careers as professionals. Ninety-nine percent of Fellows for Life say that ASF is integral to sustaining their commitment to serving those in need. To learn more about the Schweitzer Fellowship's story, you can watch new, short video about the program— "Creating Change, Improving Health."

Read the full press release from the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship

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