Katie Murphy, a graduate student in Human Development and Public Health, Perelman School of Medicine and University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education, was selected as a 2012 Greater Philadelphia Schweitzer Fellow by The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF). Murphy's fellowship will fund her work which aims to strengthen health navigation skills and improve knowledge of child development among undocumented Mexican immigrants living in South Philadelphia.
Working with Puentes De Salud's women's groups, Murphy will help develop a curriculum on child health and development.
"Throughout the application and interview process, Katie's clear track record of working with underserved populations impressed our selection committee—as did her well-articulated, specific, and measurable approach to addressing the social determinants of health," said Nicole Moore, Director, Greater Philadelphia Schweitzer Fellows Program. "Additionally, with her international experience, previous leadership roles, and demonstrated interest in interdisciplinary learning, it was clear that Katie would bring a unique and enriching perspective to this year's group of Fellows."
Kara Cohen, a graduate student at University of Pennsylvania's School of Nursing, was also selected as a Fellow in this year's class. Cohen's research responds to the podiatric needs of homeless individuals in Philadelphia at the Ridge Avenue Men's Shelter. A full news release on Cohen's research is available here.
The approximately 240 Fellows selected nationwide will all help carry out ASF's mission by pursing service projects targeting health issues in underserved communities. After completing the yearlong fellowship, the students become Schweitzer Fellows for Life, joining nearly 2,500 others trained and dedicated to responding to the health needs of underserved people.