Schweitzer Fellows 2024 - 25

Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth College

Jennifer Shah and Riley Carbone

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Jennifer Shah and Riley Carbone

Riley and Jen are partnering with Moms in Recovery to enhance the childcare and nutrition education services offered by the program. Their project aims to support the comprehensive well-being of mothers with substance use disorders and their families in the Upper Valley. Community Partner: DHMC Moms in Recovery

Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth College

Erikson Nichols and Alexander Walkon


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Erikson Nichols and Alexander Walkon

Erikson and Alex are developing an adaptive sports and fitness program for adults with developmental disabilities. Their program will coordinate tailored events with Dartmouth sports teams to allow residents of Visions to interact with Dartmouth athletes and experience the health benefits associated with physical fitness in an inclusive environment. Community Partner: Visions for Creative Housing Solutions


 

Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth College

Corbin Dameron And Isabella Marchal


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Corbin Dameron And Isabella Marchal

Isabella and Corbin are partnering with the Dartmouth Cancer Center Food Pantry during its period of expansion into a larger, dedicated space within Dartmouth's hospital. Their efforts will focus on optimizing this new physical space, digitizing the pantry's systems, and conducting outreach to broaden its impact. Community Partner: DHMC Cancer Center Food Pantry

Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth College

Alyssa Fayerman


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Alyssa Fayerman

Alyssa aims to improve the support available to peripartum women and new families in the Upper Valley by improving the delivery of educational materials and increasin successful connections to community resources for pregnant and parenting people. She also plans to work with several community organizations to achieve these goals by increasing integration and reducing siloing among related organizations. Community Partner: Good Beginnings of the Upper Valley

 

Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth College

Pranav Prabhala and Neelima Paleti


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Pranav Prabhala and Neelima Paleti

Neelu and Pranav are partnering with the Upper Valley Haven and the DHMC Mom's in Recovery program to address the challenges of food insecurity and limited access to nutritious foods faced by mothers recovering from substance use disorders.​​ They aim to enhance utilization of the Haven's food pantry services and support mothers with the information and resources necessary to prepare healthy meals using what they already have on hand. Community Partners: Upper Valley Haven and DHMC Moms in Recovery

Larner College of Medicine, University of Vermont

Claire Baptiste and Hamza Mirza


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Claire Baptiste and Hamza Mirza

Claire and Hamza are working to improve blood pressure management for Jamaican farmworkers in Vermont by following up after UVM Family Medicine's blood pressure screenings. They're organizing community conversation circles to understand treatment approaches used by this population and to facilitate access to follow-up care. Their efforts aim to enhance treatment adherence and overall health outcomes in this migrant population. Community Partner: Bridges to Health

Larner College of Medicine, University of Vermont

Clifton Bauman and Julia Hurley

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Clifton Bauman and Julia Hurley

Julia and Cliff are working with Turning Point Center of Chittenden County to develop methods of tracking individuals' progress in addiction treatment longitudinally, their recovery successes, and referrals to treatment programs, etc. They will also be collaborating with Turning Point's Outreach Recovery program to help provide low barrier addiction coaching and support to individuals and families in Vermont. Community Partner: Turning Point Center of Chittenden County

Larner College of Medicine, University of Vermont

Benjamin Koren and Alison Chivers

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Benjamin Koren and Alison Chivers

Ali and Ben aim to address the disproportionate and increasing incidence of type II diabetes amongst Vermont's migrant farmworkers. In collaboration with partners at the Open Door Clinic and from within the migrant farmworker community, they plan on giving community members the knowledge necessary to take charge of their metabolic health while also fostering conversations about how to do so in ways that stay true to migrants' cultural values. Community Partner: Open Door Clinic 

Larner College of Medicine, University of Vermont

Eunice Suberu and Sulekha Kilas


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Eunice Suberu and Sulekha Kilas

Sulekha and Eunice are dedicated to making a meaningful impact on preschoolers from refugee and newly immigrated families through a comprehensive social-emotional learning (SEL) program. Their project integrates various age-appropriate teaching methods to address a wide range of emotions, providing children with tools to express themselves, regulate their emotions, and expand their emotional vocabulary. Through interactive sessions they plan to utilize play, narration, observation, reading, and art to foster positive emotional development. Community Partner: The Janet S. Munt Family Room

Larner College of Medicine, University of Vermont

Greta Joos and Naomi Burhans

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Greta Joos and Naomi Burhans

Naomi and Greta aim to organize foot care clinics in shelters for the unhoused in Burlington to forge connections and improve foot health with foot baths, callus removal, and distribution of nail clippers and socks. They also plan  to collaborate with Community Health Centers of Burlington to promote health literacy and healthcare accessibility for unhoused community members. Community Partner: Champlain Place

Vermont Law & Graduate School

Aamore Richards and Olivia Bayne

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Aamore Richards and Olivia Bayne

Olivia and Aamore aim to increase healthy food access and security for White River Valley students and their families. They plan to provide parents with comprehensive assistance in navigating federally funded meal programs and offer hands-on support and guidance in household meal planning and preparation. They will work in partnership with local schools, farmers, and food pantries to provide parents with the resources and ingredients to build healthy meals with their families. Community Partner: White River Valley Schools

Vermont Law & Graduate School

Paige Wagar and Angela Kaufman

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Paige Wagar and Angela Kaufman

Paige and Angie seek to support climate resiliency among Vermont landowners and municipalities. They plan to continue the work of prior VLGS Schweitzer Fellows in developing educational materials on flood-resilient infrastructure and land use to share successful strategies for climate-resilient planning. Community Partner: White River Partnership 

Vermont Law & Graduate School

Catherine Michael

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Catherine Michael

Catherine is partnering with the Orange County Restorative Justice Center to continue a program which provides conflict coaching to community members involved in the criminal justice system. She aims to expand this program to provide coaching to youth as well. Conflict coaching is a narrative-based process that helps participants develop healthy approaches to handling conflict. Community Partner: Orange County Restorative Justice Center

Vermont Law & Graduate School

Willow Hogan

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Willow Hogan

Willow is working to bring mental and physical health care to the students of Vermont Law and Graduate School.  By providing in-person and digital access, she aims to help address some of the mental and physical strains on law students who live in an isolated, stressful environment. Community Partner: Vermont Law and Graduate School 
 

Vermont Law & Graduate School

Jayvana Perez

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Jayvana Perez

With a focus on the impacts of COVID-19 on youth, Jayvana's project will deliver updated paths to seek accountability and reduce harm within the youth community. Implementing restorative justice principles and practices through community outreach and awareness, this project seeks to normalize other paths to address harm. Community Partner: Orange County Restorative Justice Center.