Heritage alumnus Allison Davis has been selected as a Schweitzer fellow for the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship’s 2014-2015 class.
The Schweitzer fellowship is an organization dedicated to addressing the social factors that contribute to public health. Davis was among 15 students selected from the Los Angeles area.
“This year’s Fellows will address an array of health issues affecting a range of populations, including a program to assist victims of sexual violence achieve healthy mental and physical health through yoga and art therapy; helping young adults with intellectual disabilities take care of their oral health; assisting older adults and ethnic minorities with advanced care planning; and educating parents of young children in South Los Angeles about the importance of oral health,” explains the fellowship’s press release.
The 15 new Fellows will join about 220 other fellows from around the nation on one of the organization’s 12 worksites, 11 of which are in the US, and one is in Gabon, Africa. The organization also strives to develop leadership qualities in its Fellows.
Davis is currently a student at the Ostrow School of Dentistry, a part of the University of Southern California.
“Allison is implementing an oral hygiene training program for young adults with intellectual disabilities that is aimed at reducing dental anxiety and preventing dental disease,” says the organization’s press release.
As of now, the organization has given almost 500,000 hours of service to 300,000 people in need. Davis will be serving from Almansor Academy in Pasadena, California.by