Congratulations to College of Social Work PhD student James R. Carter who has been selected for the 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.
Carter will join 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.
Carter’s service project will focus on HPV risk prevention in Columbus’s gay and lesbian community. He is addressing human papilloma virus (HPV) screening and detection, monitoring, lowering behavioral risk, and vaccination in the adult gay and lesbian community in Columbus, Ohio. He plans to adapt a social-network based, CDC-approved program called Popular Opinion Leader currently used to lower HIV risk to the emergent public health concern that HPV presents. He is exploring a partnership with the Columbus Public Health Department to carry out this work. His faculty mentor is Dr Randi Love, who has been on the forefront of HIV education in central Ohio.
"I am honored to be selected as an Albert Schweitzer Fellow for 2012, representing the College of Social Work," said Carter. "This opportunity to work in the community on a project to inform and empower community members for their better health is the perfect extension of my educational experience to ‘be the change!’" CLICK HERE TO HEAR MORE.
Upon completion of his initial year, Carter will become a Schweitzer Fellow for Life—and join a vibrant network of over 2,500 Schweitzer alumni 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 people in need.
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.
For more information about James Carter, contact Frankie Jones-Harris, Communications Director, OSU College of Social Work, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614/292-3540.