Mr. Raf Fadadu, a student in the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical (JMP) Program, was awarded the prestigious Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. Named after Nobel Peace Prize recipient Albert Schweitzer, this community service program chooses fellows across the country who are addressing the unmet needs of people in marginalized communities.
As both a researcher and healthcare provider, Mr. Fadadu is examining the often overlooked connection between air pollution and skin health. Specifically, he looks at the impact of wildfire pollution on the frequency of dermatology visits for atopic dermatitis and severity of skin outcomes. This fellowship will enable him to take his investigations a step further. Mr. Fadadu’s project focuses on increasing access to both dermatology and respiratory care, as well as improving health education for the East Bay’s low-income and homeless population through Mr. Fadadu’s work at the Berkeley Free Clinic and the Suitcase Clinic.
“Much of the education and care I hope to provide will be related to the health implications of climate change and environmental exposures; these are factors that people experiencing homelessness are particularly vulnerable to,” he said.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on October 11