Sargent Student Named Schweitzer Fellow

OT Student Aims to Increase Community Engagement for Low-Income Adults with MS

Dana Aravich

Dana Aravich, a graduate student in the Occupational Therapy program at Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College, has been named a 2012 Albert Schweitzer Fellow. This national honor empowers graduate students in the health sciences to have an immediate and lasting impact on the health needs of underserved communities by addressing the social factors that affect health.

As a Schweitzer Fellow, Aravich will address isolation among low-income adults living with multiple sclerosis at The Boston Home, helping residents use technology to reconnect with their larger community. This nonprofit is a specialized-care residence for adults with advanced Multiple Sclerosis and other neurological diseases. Aravich aims to reduce the residential segregation these individuals face by adapting computers to meet their physical and cognitive needs. Her goals include creating a place for residents to take leadership positions as peer mentors, encouraging them to make their voices heard, and promoting advocacy for their interests.

Aravich is one of 245 Schweitzer Fellows chosen nationwide for the 2012-2013 academic year, with 15 of those students coming from Boston-area universities. After completing her initial year as a fellow, Aravich will become a Schweitzer Fellow for Life, joining more than 2,500 alumni across the country who are skilled in, and committed to, addressing the health needs of underserved people throughout their careers.