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OU-Tulsa Students Address Health Needs in Oklahoma Through Schweitzer Fellowship

OU-Tulsa Students Address Health Needs in Oklahoma Through Schweitzer Fellowship

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Meeting the health needs of underserved and underrepresented populations is a tall order, and it takes many individuals and groups working together to make a difference. One of the ways students at OU-Tulsa are joining this effort is through the Tulsa Schweitzer Fellowship.

The Tulsa Schweitzer Fellowship is a one-year, interdisciplinary fellowship program that improves health outcomes for underserved populations in Tulsa and develops leaders who are committed to addressing health disparities in the community. Each fellow designs and implements a 200-hour project with a local agency and participates in monthly leadership workshops and two retreats.

The Tulsa Schweitzer Fellowship program is one of 13 programs across the United States and the only one in Oklahoma. The six OU-Tulsa students in the current class of Schweitzer Fellows are profiled below.

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Shadid Portrait
Milton Portrait

Anna Shadid and Austin Milton

Discipline: School of Community Medicine

Agency: Lindsey House

Project: Anna and Austin are implementing an interactive nutrition and lifestyle workshop series, drawing from resources designed by Leah’s Pantry, an organization that champions trauma-informed nutrition education.

Stiefer portrait

Auston Stiefer

Discipline: School of Community Medicine

Agency: Bedlam Clinic

Project: Auston is increasing health literacy about vaccinations among Spanish-speaking immigrant populations.

Tiller portrait

Autumn Tiller

Discipline: School of Urban Design

Agency: Youth Services of Tulsa

Project: Autumn’s project provides students from marginalized communities with a multidisciplinary curriculum that sparks their interest in pursuing professional fields involving the built environment.

Soo Portrait
Bynum Portrait

Elizabeth Soo and Hannah Bynum

Discipline: School of Community Medicine

Agency: McLain High School

Project: Elizabeth and Hannah are using photography as a tool for students in north Tulsa to identify dreams, barriers and action plans to address food insecurity.

By Bonnie Rucker

Article Published:  Wednesday, October 6, 2021