OUR MISSION: Improving Health · Developing Leaders · Creating Change
The Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellows Program (PSFP), a chapter of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, promotes health and environmental justice by developing leaders in service who embody the legacy of Albert Schweitzer. By directly addressing health and human service needs of disadvantaged citizens in southwest Pennsylvania and the region, the Schweitzer Fellows’ example influences and inspires others. The Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellows Program is one of 12 programs across the country. Others include:
- Dallas/Fort Worth
- Los Angeles
- New Hampshire/Vermont
- New Orleans
- North Carolina
- San Francisco Bay Area
As the only yearlong, direct service, interdisciplinary, experiential learning program for graduate students that addresses the needs of disadvantaged citizens in southwest Pennsylvania, the Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellows Program attracts outstanding and dedicated emerging professionals. We develop “leaders in service” by giving emerging professionals:
- an opportunity to experience the benefits and challenges of working with disadvantaged populations;
- an arena for launching a project that reflects their passion;
- a chance to try out what they have learned in school;
- and a forum for interacting with future professionals from a variety of disciplines.
The Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellows Program is the only program to offer a Traditional and Environmental Fellowship. To date, nearly 3,500 Schweitzer Fellows across the country have delivered nearly 500,000 hours of service to approximately 300,000 people in need. Additionally, more than 100 Fellows have provided care at the 100-year-old Schweitzer Hospital in Lambaréné, Gabon, West Africa. Through this work, the Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellows Program perpetuates the legacy and philosophy of famed physician-humanitarian Dr. Albert Schweitzer.