May 2, 2011 - New Albert Schweitzer Fellow - Esther Yang '14
The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) is thrilled to announce the selection of its new class of Boston Schweitzer Fellows - one of whom is Esther Yang, a student at New England College of Optometry. Over the next year, Esther will join approximately 260 other 2011-12 Schweitzer Fellows across the country in conceptualizing and carrying out service projects that address the unmet health needs of underserved individuals and communities:
Esther is addressing the visual health of elderly and disabled populations in Southwest Boston by introducing a visual assessment program that assesses diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, and refractive error. In addition to providing screenings, her program will aim to improve vision by increasing vision rehabilitation services and the use of assistive and adaptive devices. Ultimately, Esther’s program will serve to promote independence and well-being among elderly and disabled people so they may remain active and maintain their dignity through the next stages of their lives.
Community Site: Ethos
Upon completion of her initial year, Esther Yang will become a Schweitzer Fellow for Life - and join a vibrant network of over 2,000 individuals who are skilled in, and committed to, addressing the health needs of underserved people throughout their careers as professionals. 99 percent of Fellows for Life say that ASF is integral to sustaining their commitment to serve the underserved.
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