About Us

Founded in 2007, the New Orleans Fellows Program is one of thirteen currently active Schweitzer program sites across the U. S. dedicated to developing a pipeline of emerging professionals who enter the workforce with the skills and commitment necessary to address unmet health needs. New Orleans Schweitzer Fellows are students competitively chosen from graduate and professional degree programs in universities throughout the Greater New Orleans area. Fellows come from a variety of academic disciplines and work tirelessly to improve health equity in their communities.

Our Impact

Since 2007, 128 Schweitzer Fellows have provided over 25,000 hours of service across Greater New Orleans. Partnering with 63 community-based organizations, these Fellows have addressed a wide variety of unmet health needs by creating and carrying out yearlong projects with direct service at their core. Fellows seek to address all areas of health, defined by the World Health Organization as a “state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being.”

Our Team


Advisory Board

Tekeda Ferguson, PhD, MPH, MSPH, CHES (Chair)
Assistant Professor, Epidemiology, LSU Health Sciences Center

Ahlam Ayyad, PharmD* 
Clinical Assistant Professor, Xavier University College of Pharmacy

Shelina Davis, MPH, MSW
Chief Executive Officer,  Louisiana Public Health Institute

*Denotes Fellow for Life 

Our Sponsors

In-kind Contributors