Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) student Amanda Alon DMD 18 was recently named a 2015–2016 Albert Schweitzer Fellow. Alon is among 16 Boston Fellows and 220 total Fellows across the nation named to the 2015–2016 class that are working to address social factors that impact health.
The Schweitzer Fellowship, named after Dr. Albert Schweitzer, seeks to carry out his mission of serving those in need both locally and around the globe, as well as providing leadership development for the Fellows. This year, the Schweitzer Fellows will be working at 12 different program sites in the United States as well as a hospital funded by the Schweitzer Foundation on the western coast of Africa in Gabon.
Alon will be working with the Greater Lawrence Community Action Council Child Care Center to address oral health inequalities in children from low-income and minority populations. She plans to run an oral health literacy program in the day care center. “I will be sending take home information with the kids as well as books on oral health that can be read to children at night,” she said. “It will be a three part series assessing nutrition, at home dental care, and visiting the dentist.”
She added, “I hope to make a big impact on the community both by teaching and inspiring. I am really excited to see what this year as a Fellow brings. I think I will truly gain a lot from the project and the community—likely more than the community will gain from me!”
Dean Jeffrey W. Hutter congratulated Alon and said, “It is a great honor to be selected as a Schweitzer Fellow. I am confident Amanda will excel in this endeavor and I look forward to seeing her work benefit the Lawrence community for generations to come.”
Read more about the Fellowship in BU Today.