Tracy Hoag’s work focusing on the geriatric and terminally-ill prison population has attracted the attention of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, making her the first Capital University student chosen for this prestigious program’s 2014-2015 year. Named for the famed physician-humanitarian, the fellowship encourages students to follow the example set by Albert Schweitzer.
Schweitzer Fellows develop and direct innovative service projects that address the root causes of health disparities in under-resourced communities — projects that are separate and in addition to their existing academic responsibilities. Each project is implemented in collaboration with a community-based health and/or social service organization.
One of 18 students from the Columbus-Athens area chosen to participate, Hoag will spend the next year developing a sustainable program with opportunities for staff and volunteers to promote healing for inmates and their internal and external families. She will partner with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction's Franklin Medical Center to strengthen and expand its palliative care program. Hoag is a student in Capital’s Master of Science in Nursing program, pursuing an Education Concentrate. She is expected to complete her graduate work in 2015.
“The confluence of Ms. Hoag’s exceptional work and her passion to improve the health and lives of others illustrates the way Capital educates, and the impact our students have,” said Capital President Denvy A. Bowman, Ph.D. “They are interested in more than a job title. They build careers that improve people’s lives, communities and the world.”
Hoag joins students from The Ohio State University and Ohio University, whose projects address an array of health issues affecting a range of populations, including the health and nutritional needs of under-resourced youth; the mental health of older adults; empowering immigrants to access health care; and increasing awareness of HIV among Hispanic people who are disproportionately impacted by HIV. Nationwide, there are approximately 220 2014-15 Schweitzer Fellows working at 12 program sites – 11 in the U.S. and one in Lambaréné, Gabon, at the site of The Albert Schweitzer Hospital, founded by Dr. Schweitzer in 1913.
Upon completion of their Fellowship year, Hoag and the 2014-15 Columbus-Athens Schweitzer Fellows will become Schweitzer Fellows for Life, joining a network of nearly 3,000 Schweitzer alumni committed to addressing the health needs of underserved people throughout their careers.
This element of the program aligns closely with Capital’s mission to prepare students to contribute to the world, both through their professional lives and personal service.
Said Sylvia Stevens-Edouard, executive director, Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, “These Schweitzer Fellows are living Dr. Albert Schweitzer’s legacy of reverence for life. Their Fellowship year will leave them well-prepared to successfully face the challenges of serving vulnerable and underserved populations, whose health and medical needs are many and varied.
Located in the Columbus, Ohio, neighborhood of Bexley, Capital University is a private, four-year undergraduate institution and graduate school. Capital prepares students for meaningful lives and purposeful careers through a relevant liberal arts core curriculum and deep professional programs. Influenced by its Lutheran heritage, Capital places great emphasis on the free and open exchange of ideas, seeking out diverse perspectives, active participation in society, leadership and service. With a focus on rigor and experiential learning, the University capitalizes on its size, location, and heritage to develop the whole person, both inside and outside the classroom.
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