June 1, 2013 - Florence Lee named 2013-14 Albert Schweitzer Boston Fellow
Florence Lee, a member of the Class of 2016 at the New England College of Optometry,
is one of fifteen Boston area graduate students awarded a 2013-2014 Albert Schweitzer
Fellowship. Founded in 1992, the Boston Schweitzer Fellows Program is The Albert Schweitzer
Fellowship's oldest program. Fellows have contributed nearly 100,000 hours of service since 1992
to vulnerable populations in Massachusetts.
"Schweitzer Fellows are passionate about improving the health of those living in underserved communities, and
they are committed to improving their own skills to do so," said ASF Executive Director Sylvia Stevens-Edouard.
"They come from all academic disciplines--medicine, social work, occupational therapy, policy, and research--and
they are pursuing work that improves lives. Over the next 12 months, they will also learn how to be effective
leaders so they can inspire others to increase the health of those who experience barriers to care. They will carry
these lessons into their professional careers, and further promote Dr. Schweitzer's legacy to show reverence for
Lee’s work as a Fellow will address the visual health of students at the Higginson/Lewis K-8 School in Roxbury by introducing a
more comprehensive follow-up procedure for children who have failed their vision screening exams. In addition
to providing screenings and follow-up procedures, Lee's program aims to increase the compliancy of children
who have been prescribed glasses, as well as to increase awareness of the importance of vision and visual health
by speaking with the students, parents, and faculty. The ultimate goal of her program is to create a successful
and sustainable model of visual health care for children to build a stronger developmental foundation that
prepare these children for a more optimal learning experience.
(Information provided courtesy of ASF’s April 29, 2013, press release.)
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