Two students from The University of Tulsa Oxley College of Health Sciences have been named Albert Schweitzer Fellows for 2017-18. Mary Clancy and Emily Kibler, both majoring in Speech-Language Pathology, will join 12 other Tulsa-area graduate students to implement service projects that address the root causes of health disparities in under-resourced communities while fulfilling their academic responsibilities. Each project is in collaboration with a community-based organization.
Clancy’s project will enable homeless women living in transitional housing at the Lindsey House to gain the skills and confidence to be active in their children’s learning and education. The project will involve classes on language development, language stimulation and parental involvement in homework. “I feel that this fellowship will enable me to see my work as part of a diverse, complicated and beautiful system, rather than an isolated field and interaction. My goal is to increase knowledge of parenting skills related to language development and academic achievement,” said Clancy.
Kibler will work with The Parent Child Center of Tulsa to provide both foster parents and parents with children in the foster care system with the education, resources and support to create a healthy home environment that supports early prevention and intervention of speech, language and literacy development issues in their children. “I believe the fellowship will help develop important skills needed for my future career as a speech-language pathologist. It is in our scope of practice to educate and train families on communication disorders and development. I will also gain experience working with a wide variety of clients of different cultures, religions and socioeconomic states,” said Kibler.
“We are confident that the Tulsa Schweitzer Fellowship will have a positive lasting effect on the health of communities in and around Tulsa as our Fellows learn to implement innovative projects that address health disparities. Fellows will then take the skills they learn with them when they establish themselves professionally as leaders in their fields,” said Rachel Gold, director of the Tulsa chapter of The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship.
As a sign of the program’s growing appeal to emerging leaders in health, applications for fellowships increased 30 percent this year over last year. There are approximately 260 other 2017-18 Schweitzer Fellows working at program sites around the United States, as well as one in Lambaréné, Gabon, at the site of The Albert Schweitzer Hospital, founded by Dr. Schweitzer in 1913.
The Tulsa Schweitzer program is based at The University of Tulsa and is supported by the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University. The Tulsa chapter is one of 15 U.S.-based sites. The others are in Alabama; Boston; Chicago; Columbus-Athens, Ohio; Dallas-Fort Worth; Detroit; Houston; Los Angeles; New Orleans; New Hampshire/Vermont; North Carolina; Pittsburgh; and San Francisco.