Skrinak is Schweitzer Fellow

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) announced the selection of its 2012-13 class of Columbus-Athens Schweitzer Fellows—16 graduate students who will spend the next year learning to effectively address the social factors that impact health, developing lifelong leadership skills, and living famed physician-humanitarian Albert Schweitzer’s message of service.

Nikki Skrinak, one of the recipients, is a College of Nursing graduate student at The Ohio State University. Over the next year, Skrinak will join approximately 250 other 2012-13 Schweitzer Fellows across the country in conceptualizing and carrying out service projects that address the social determinants of health in underserved communities. Skrinak will develop and implement a sexual assault prevention program. Her community site is called The Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio (SARNCO).

Upon completion of her initial year, Skrinak will become a Schweitzer Fellow for Life—and join a vibrant network of over 2,000 individuals who are skilled in, and committed to, addressing the health needs of underserved people throughout their careers as professionals. 99 percent of Fellows for Life say that ASF is integral to sustaining their commitment to serving those in need.

“The Schweitzer Fellowship simultaneously promotes Schweitzer’s legacy and addresses a critical gap in today’s health care landscape by equipping emerging professionals with the tools to address not only clinical health issues, but also the social determinants of health,” says ASF President Lachlan Forrow, MD, Director of Ethics and Palliative Care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

Joining approximately 230 other 2012-13 Schweitzer Fellows at 12 program sites throughout the U.S., the newly selected Columbus-Athens Schweitzer Fellows represent 10 academic disciplines. They will partner with local community-based organizations to develop and implement yearlong, mentored service projects that improve the health and well-being of underserved people—all on top of their regular graduate school responsibilities.

Launched in 2012, the Columbus-Athens Schweitzer Fellows Program is hosted and sponsored by The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Other generous sponsors include Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation; Ohio Health; Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine; Trinity Lutheran Seminary; The Ohio State Office of Outreach & Engagement; and The Ohio State University Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Dentistry, Nursing, Optometry, Pharmacy, Public Health, Social Work, and Veterinary Medicine. More information is available at www.schweitzerfellowship.org/columbus.