The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) has announced the selection of New City native Prerana Baranwal to its 2014-15 class of Albert Schweitzer Fellows from New Orleans. Baranwal, an alumna of Clarkstown North Senior High School, is one of 12 graduate students who will spend the next year learning to effectively address the social factors that impact health, and developing lifelong leadership skills. In doing so, she will follow the example set by famed physician-humanitarian Albert Schweitzer, for whom the Fellowship is named.
Schweitzer Fellows develop and implement service projects that address the root causes of health disparities in under-resourced communities, while at the same time fulfilling their academic responsibilities as full time students. Baranwal, a student at Tulane University School of Medicine, will create a sustainable transition-of-care program for young adults who are HIV-positive as they move on from their pediatricians to health care providers for adults. Each project is implemented in collaboration with a community-based organization. Baranwal is partnering with the Ruth U. Fertel Tulane Community Health Center.