Using Global Health Principles in the New Haven Community

Opportunities for Service

We strongly believe that we should utilize the principles of global health to help people here in New Haven face health disparities.

AHPIG is a student organization here at the medical school, which meets monthly to discuss health issues pertaining to sub-Saharan Africa. In the past, we’ve organized panels as part of the annual AIDS Week effort, medical supplies drives to various hospitals in Nigeria and Ghana, in addition to journal club meetings and research mixers with global health faculty. This year will be starting off with series of journal clubs that will focus on global health systems, healthcare workforce and the African diaspora, as well as current brain drain reversal efforts. We meet on the last Friday of every month in the Steiner Room at 6pm.
Contact: Rhobhi Matinyi and Eberechi Nwogu
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The American Medical Student Association is an advocacy organization for the interests and beliefs of the medical students of the United States, including advocating improved global health in any way possible. Locally at Yale, AMSA runs a student blog that engages students to write about issues in global health and health policy. Additionally, AMSA has a program that pairs health professional students at Yale with visiting medical students on rotations from other countries to help these students make connections here at Yale and help our own students develop connections in international medicine.
Contact: David Choi
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The Columbus House is a shelter serving hungry and homeless individuals in the New Haven community. Every Tuesday and Thursday evening, Yale medical, PA, and nursing students assist a local physician's associate in providing medical treatment, consultation and screenings to the shelter's residents.
Contact: David Wacker
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The Yale China Health Network coordinates regular trips to NYC Chinatown to conduct health screenings. Contact ying.wang@yale.edu if you are interested. Additionally, if you are interested in Hepatitis B screening in Chinatown, you can volunteer at Charles B. Wang Community Health Center (http://www.cbwchc. org/).
Contact: caleb.korngold@yale.edu if you are interested in participating.collapse
We design and implement small scale, innovative public health programs and disseminate them through our government partners. By leveraging our network of health professionals in Mumbai and Andhra Pradesh, we aim to facilitate health research, internships, and student-led initiatives in the region. Our past student fellows have implemented a pilot of SMS alerts to promote vaccination adherence, a psychosocial counseling module for DOTS providers, and a workshop series on patient self-management of diabetes.
Contact: Brian Wayda
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The Downs International Health Student Travel Fellowship honors Wilbur G. Downs (1913 - 1991), M.D., M.P.H., Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, Yale University School of Medicine, renowned physician/scientist in the fields of tropical medicine and infectious diseases, mentor to many students and colleagues. The Fellowship supports Yale students who undertake biomedical, medical, nursing and/or public health research in developing countries. The Downs Fellowship Committee awards Downs Fellowships based on merit. Downs Fellows carry out research in the context of their host countries’ culture, health problems and resources. The Fellowship provides funds for transportation to and from overseas project sites, cost of visas, site-specific drugs, immunizations, evacuation insurance and a modest stipend. Although students may initiate projects, Yale faculty members provide intellectual support, practical assistance and links with host-country sponsors who serve as mentors during the Fellows time abroad. The choice of research topic and methodological detail are joint responsibilities of applicants and advisors. Any member of the Yale faculty may sponsor applicants.
Contact: Kaveh Khoshnood
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As part of its ongoing commitment to engage with the international community to improve health worldwide, Yale has launched the Global Health Leadership Institute (GHLI). The mission of GHLI is to develop the next generation of global health leaders at Yale and around the world through innovative educational, training and research programs to strengthen health systems and ensure health equity and quality of care for all. GHLI supports health leaders to improve the performance of health systems through leadership development, quality improvement programs, and health systems research. The Institute is also a center for debate and progress on leadership and other critical global health issues. GHLI is guided by a model of strategic problem solving which posits that the close integration of academic and practitioner perspectives is central to ensuring positive and lasting change. This model requires specification of the targeted problem, identification of core strategies to achieve a defined objective, leadership to implement the strategy and rigorous measurement to support continuous improvement. GHLI champions a relational framework for leadership, understanding leadership as a dynamic role within a group that can unlock synergies leading to the success of the organization. Contact: Gabriel Forrey
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The HAVEN Free Clinic is organized by students from Yale School of Nursing, Yale School of Medicine, Yale School of Public Health and Yale Physician Associate Program, in collaboration with the Fair Haven Community Health Center. The clinic is dedicated to serving as a sustainable free clinic that provides uninsured adults in the Fair Haven neighborhood with primary care, wellness education, and assistance in securing health care. HAVEN further aims to educate Yale health professional students about primary care and the value of working in health care teams; to allow students to gain experience in community health; and to expose students to the challenges of managing patient care with limited resources. Our model is unique in its inclusion of students across the disciplines of medicine, nursing, physician’s associates, and public health. Teams of senior and junior students see patients with guidance from faculty preceptors. Currently, we see an average of 20 patients per week. HAVEN operates Saturdays from 9am-2pm out of the Fair Haven Community Health Center. Visit havenfreeclinic.org for more information or email havenfreeclinic@gmail.comcollapse
HealthCORE is an organization of Yale School of Public Health that seeks to work both domestically and internationally to promote the health of underserved communities. An annual international trip to Latin America for spring break is planned and organized through the year to provide public health education and other services. We also provide various opportunities to work in promoting health and well-being within New Haven. Contact: Britton Gibsoncollapse
The mission of IRIS is to help refugees and other displaced people establish new lives, regain hope, and contribute to the vitality of Connecticut’s communities. A refugee is someone who has left his or her country of origin because of a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. IRIS resettles approximately 200 refugees each year. Currently, over half of IRIS’s refugee clients come from Iraq. Others come from Afghanistan, Congo, Cuba, Ethiopia, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, and other countries. IRIS services include provision of material needs (housing, furniture, food, clothing, and medicine), intensive case management, daily English class for adults with on-site childcare, educational programs for school-aged youth, assistance accessing medical care, legal services, and employment services. The IRIS Health and Wellness Program provides new refugee arrivals with the tools they need to achieve improved health and wellness in their new home: quick access to quality health services; access to culturally competent and linguistically appropriate services; knowledge about preventive medicine, wellness topics, and management of chronic conditions; and an improved health care system that better supports their transition to becoming Connecticut’s newest Americans. It takes time for refugees to adjust to a new culture and learn about American institutions, and to learn English. IRIS is here to help them in their initial adjustment period, and help them achieve self-sufficiency. The contributions that volunteers, donors, and other community supporters provide are essential for us to achieve our mission. For more information about refugees, IRIS, and getting involved, visit www.irisct.org. Contact: Kelly Hebrank, Health and Wellness Program Manager
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The mission of the Public Health Coalition is to promote public health awareness, education, and service in the Yale and New Haven communities. PHC works toward this goal through the individual initiatives of and collaboration between its member groups, in addition to the board’s own activities. PHC spreads awareness of public health issues by publicizing volunteer opportunities and events through our weekly electronic newsletter, read by over a thousand Yale College students and faculty. PHC educates students about public health issues through its weekly lunch series, Masters’ Teas, panels of public health experts, and National Public Health Week. PHC provides individual group mentorship through its liaisons, publicity through its public health event calendar, and further information and opportunities for interdisciplinary discussion on our website and blog. As a member of Dwight Hall, we provide volunteer and service information through our booklet of volunteer opportunities, participation in campus service initiatives, and volunteer trips. Contacts: Jessica Moore and Rebecca Distler
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The Neighborhood Health Project provides free blood glucose and blood pressure screenings to the residents of New Haven and surrounding communities. They meet every Saturday morning at the Loaves and Fishes Food Closet on the corner of Olive and Chapel Streets near Wooster Square. For more information please contact James Rapp.collapse
The Student Sight Savers offer free glaucoma screenings in the community. They are funded by Friends of the Congressional Glaucoma Caucus Foundation, and have offered screenings in Stamford, Ansonia, New Haven, Fair Haven and Hartford. Contact: Dr. Susan Forster , Claudia Castiblanco or Carolyn Graeber
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The Student Global Health and AIDS Coalition seeks to mobilize a student movement at Yale, in partnership with students nationally and internationally, to make claims upon governments, corporation, and civil society through education, leadership training, informed advocacy and direct action. Over the past year and summer, Yale SGHAC has been incredibly active publishing op-ed pieces, hosting advocacy events, meeting with local representatives, and collaborating with various organizations and student groups. Yale SGHAC demands, and will continue to demand, sufficient resources, effective prevention, and guaranteed access to both AIDS and other life-saving treatment and care as a matter of moral urgency. By forming a global youth movement, we will rise to the challenge of fighting the injustices rooted in the struggle against AIDS and global healthcare. Contact: Stephanie Platis
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The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale is the University’s principal center for teaching and research on international affairs, societies and cultures around the world. It provides eight undergraduate majors, including six focused on world regions: African, East Asian, Latin American, Middle East, Russian and East European Studies, and South Asian Studies. Two others are focused globally, one on International Studies and the other on Ethnicity, Race, and Migration. At the graduate level, the MacMillan Center provides four master's degree programs. Three are regionally focused on African, East Asian, and European and Russian Studies, and one is globally focused on International Relations. Open to all graduate and professional students at Yale, the MacMillan Center sponsors seven graduate certificates of concentration. The Councils on African, European, Latin American and Iberian, and Middle East Studies provide four regionally focused certificates. The International Affairs Council provides three: Global Health, International Development Studies, and International Security Studies. Language training is an integral component of each of the degree and certificate programs. The MacMillan Center provides opportunities for scholarly research and intellectual innovation; encourages faculty and student interchange; brings international education and training to teaching professionals, the media, businesses, and the community at large; sponsors more than 700 lectures, conferences, workshops, and other activities each year; and produces a range of academic publications. Contact: Marilyn Wilkes, Director, Public Affairs
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The Tropical Medicine Course is a case-based elective seminar course designed for PA, nursing, MPH, medical students and residents interested in tropical medicine. The goals are to provide the knowledge base and tools for diagnosis and treatment of common tropical diseases, prepare students and residents for rotations abroad, and provide a forum for interactive discussions of the diseases that pose unique challenges in tropical and resource-limited settings. The format of the course is a combination of didactic sessions by faculty preceptors, case presentations by resident-student teams, and review sessions. In the beginning of each class, there will be a 5-minute photo session (aka. Teaser), covering a minor topic, discussing a short case, or solving a photo case puzzle. In addition, there will be career panels and talks by guest speakers to address research in a particular area or exploring a social issue with relevance to tropical medicine. Contacts: Austin Weiss, Akash Gupta, or Kai Swensoncollapse
Unite For Sight's Global Impact Corps is an immersive global health experience for students and for professionals. All volunteers participating in Unite For Sight's international programs are Global Impact Fellows. Global Impact Fellows support and learn from the partner clinics' talented medical professionals who are social entrepreneurs addressing complex global health issues. Through hands-on, structured training, Global Impact Fellows gain a comprehensive understanding about best practices in global health and social entrepreneurship. Global Impact Fellows gain skills and are nurtured to become new leaders in global health, and they receive a Certificate in Global Health & Program Delivery. Global Impact Fellows participate daily with local doctors to eliminate patient barriers to care and to facilitate comprehensive year-round eye care for patients living in extreme poverty. They assist with patient education, visual acuity screening, patient intake, distributing the glasses and medication prescribed by the local eye doctors, and other important support tasks. They also have the opportunity to observe the surgeries provided by the local doctors. Additionally, Global Impact Fellows may participate in the Global Impact Lab, an optional program for those interested in pursuing global health research. For example, current Global Impact Fellows are pursuing research studies about medication management, the use of visual resources for patient education, traditional medicine practices, and patient barriers to care. International volunteering takes place in India, Ghana, and Honduras. Contact: Rachel Turkelcollapse
UAEM’s mission is to unite students, faculty, researchers, and university administrators in an effort to broaden access to essential medicines for those most in need. Our efforts include university patent licensing reform, public campaigns, policy advocacy, and bringing interested parties together for conferences and other events. This fall we are gearing up for a major effort to broaden support for research on neglected tropical diseases, as well as our continued efforts to get universities around the globe to make sure their drug discoveries make a difference to those who cannot afford the high-prices of name-brand medications. Yale's UAEM chapter warmly invites participation students from absolutely any field, particularly those with an interest in treatment, research, policy, or public advocacy in the in the interest of the poor and underserved. We are a small organization, which means that every single member has the opportunity to make significant contributions to our efforts and to help influence the activities and overall direction of the organization. Contact: Jake Izenberg
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The Wednesday Evening Clinic is the longest running student-run clinic at Yale, currently run out of the Primary Care Center on Howard Avenue. The clinic is in need of talented Spanish speakers to serve as interpreters for its Spanish speaking patients. The time commitment is just a few Wednesdays a semester and you can make a big difference in the lives of patients. Contact: Kathleen Fenn
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The World AIDS Day Planning Committee is in charge of coordinating activities across all of the health professional schools and beyond for the week of World AIDS Day. Members will network with leaders in global health at Yale to plan activities for the week including a special panel for the Global Health Seminar in honor of World AIDS Day. Contact: Cathy Le
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YING (The Yale International Nursing Group) is a forum where all Yale nursing students interested in international health can join in discussions related to the role of nursing in global healthcare and work with like-minded students to explore opportunities to practice nursing internationally while at YSN and beyond. YING members are dedicated to the integration of global health into the YSN curriculum, organizing events related to nursing and global health, accessing international opportunities through Yale University as a whole, and forming of a community of YSN students, faculty, and alumni participating in global work. This group meets about once every month for general discussion and project organization, committees meet as-needed to plan activities and a subset of students also meets once monthly for journal article discussions. Contact: Psyche Philips
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