“Just as the wave cannot exist for itself, but is ever a part of the heaving surface of the ocean, so must I never live my life for itself, but always in the experience which is going on around me.” – Albert Schweitzer

During this time of the Covid-19 pandemic, we encourage our current and new Fellows, as well as all Fellows for Life, to serve the vulnerable and those in need safely and in ways that follow the guidance of their sites, the CDC and local authorities.

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship has been serving vulnerable people since World War II, and our local Schweitzer Fellowship program in the Houston-Galveston area has been training servant leaders in healthcare for more than 12 years.

Our Fellows don’t just stand ready to serve: they are already serving, and leading, every day since this pandemic started, and they will continue.

 If there was ever a need for the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, it is now and it is here.

We are proud that our Fellows and Fellows for Life are not just extending themselves with the compassion and spirit of Schweitzer, but are doing what they – we – value and are trained to do as servant leaders: looking for gaps in care, finding the underserved and leading the effort to meet those needs.

“Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.” -Albert Schweitzer

The spirit of Albert Schweitzer and his legacy can be found in our Fellows all around us, every day.

Houston Strong. Houston Safe. Houston Serves.

Gabrielle Morrissey Hansen, PhD
Executive Director

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship is dedicated to training the next generation of professionals to serve and empower vulnerable people to build healthier communities and live healthier lives.

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Houston-Galveston (ASFHG) is a 501c3 nonprofit that offers graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to design and implement a year-long mentored community project that addresses an unmet health need for an underserved population in our area. Students are paired with mentors, field experts and community sites to enhance and extend the services of existing community organizations who serve vulnerable population, with the goal of creating immediate and lasting impact in the Houston-Galveston area.

The fellowship uses a highly collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach to foster the skills and the development of tomorrow’s healthcare leaders. Fellows are selected via our partnerships with the University of Texas Health System, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Baylor College of Medicine, University of Houston and South Texas College of Law, and to date, have contributed over 30,000 service hours.  Since 2008 when the fellowship began, fellows have completed projects in areas such as HIV/AIDS care, homeless support, oral health, nutrition, refugee health, mental health awareness, mobile health clinics, smartphone health apps, family and teen support groups, healthcare education and more!

Donate to ASFHG

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship – Houston Galveston relies entirely on grants and charitable contributions from people like you to fulfill our mission of addressing health disparities by developing Leaders in Service. Our Fellows are Dr. Albert Schweitzer’s living legacy. Help them improve the health of vulnerable communities with your tax-deductible donation!

Suggested Donation Amounts:

  • $25 towards the Annual Fellow Group Service Day
  • $50 towards the Three Fellow mini-grants to attend the National Annual Schweitzer Conference
  • $75 towards project overhead costs
  • $100+ to support the ASFHG General Fund