Grad Student Seeks to Educate the Mind and Body
Monday, May 6, 2013
Anjelica De Sanders didn’t wait for her master’s degree in health education to begin spreading her knowledge of health issues and making a difference in the community. Named a fellow for 2012-13 by the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF), Sanders has worked with the Black Women’s Health Alliance to actively address a health disparity in an underserved Philadelphia population. Her program, titled Black Women: BIO (BWBIO), brings health education to the beauty salon by educating hair stylists about health issues affecting African American women.
Founded in 1940 to support Dr. Albert Schweitzer’s medical work in Africa, ASF is a national nonprofit organization which seeks to develop individuals who are dedicated and skilled in meeting the health needs of underserved communities, and whose example influences and inspires others.
“I have a keen interest in fitness and nutrition and knew that I could work to fuse health and beauty for the women served by local beauty salons,” explains Sanders, who hails from West Philadelphia and earned an undergraduate degree in sport science and fitness management from North Carolina A&T State University. “The fellowship also allowed me to immediately utilize the knowledge I was gaining in the classroom and transfer it to the field. I learned a great deal about myself, health and the community, along the way.”
Sanders came to SJU after an extensive search for a university that would help her pursue her passion for community empowerment through health education.
“SJU took a unique approach in isolating health education and recognizing it for the individual field of study and profession that it is,” says Sanders.
She hopes to expand on her BWBIO project and find a career that allows her to combine creativity with education. Sanders is grateful for her experiences at SJU and the added benefits of her ASF Fellowship.
“The fellowship and my graduate coursework have contributed to both my personal and professional growth,” she says. “I have gained and strengthened skills in the areas of project management, time management, program development, program administration, community engagement, grant writing, building community partnerships, and most importantly, networking.”