Supporting Rural Vermonters in a Weekly Needle Exchange Program

From The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Program
Katrina Thornburgh looks forward to her weekly trips to Franklin County in the Vermont Cares mobile outreach van. Thornburgh, an Albert Schweitzer Fellow and medical student at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, is part of an effort to expand mobile syringe services in communities such as St. Albans, Enosburg, and Swanton in northwestern Vermont.

The Big Change Roundup & the Power of Community

Written by Candice Wolf '21
I developed an interest in healthcare during middle school when I was in and out of doctor’s appointments due to a medical condition that was difficult to diagnose. Throughout that process I felt alone, and my mother felt helpless, unable to help her child and unable to adequately communicate with the various physicians. I believe that her feelings of inadequacy and my feeling of isolation could have been remedied with a physician who was an effective communicator.

A Change the World Project: From Homeless Shelter Volunteer to Medical Student

Written by Hannah Woodruff '21
This fall, when I found out that I had received the Wilma Rayta Volunteer of the Year award from the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS), I was surprised and honored that they had thought of me. My relationship with COTS goes back years, and has been such a meaningful presence in my life as I’ve grown from a shy twelve year-old to a first-year medical student.