Student Corner: Agnès Hernàndez and Stina Salazar

February 1, 2011

Agnès Hernàndez
Agnès Hernàndez
Stina Salazar
Stina Salazar
  • Fourth year medical students
  • 2010-2011 Houston-Galveston Schweitzer Fellows

Hernandez and Salazar have been selected by the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship as 2010-2011 Houston-Galveston Fellows. Along with about 200 other Schweitzer Fellows across the country, they will work on a service project that addresses the unmet health needs of underserved individuals and communities.

As medical students rotating through Harris County hospitals and clinics, they were taken aback by how rare it was to find Hispanic diabetic patients who had good control of their disease. They designed their project to target the high rates of uncontrolled diabetes in the Hispanic community through an integrated program of educational classes and exercise sessions conducted in Spanish at the Gulfgate Clinic.

Through their project, they hope to impact the lives of the patients and family members in their classes and exercise sessions. They hope to demonstrate the importance of offering such services in Spanish and on weekends and overcoming linguistic barriers and scheduling obstacles.

They would eventually like to add a third component to their project – events involving the community that promote general knowledge about diabetes and its prevention.