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Office of Alumni Affairs
The Office of Alumni Affairs facilitates the participation of over 4,000 School of Public Health alumni in the life of the School. The office develops and implements programs which sustain an active alumni network and strengthens institutional relationships. The office connects YSPH alumni to our students, faculty and administration. Serving as an agent between alumni and students has increased opportunities for student internships and jobs after graduation.
In addition, the office administers the Association of Yale Alumni in Public Health (AYAPH), which comprises graduates of both the MPH and doctoral programs elected to represent the social and professional interests of YSPH alumni. In partnership with AYAPH, the office serves as an advocate for alumni, ensuring that graduates have appropriate input into School policy.
Meet Our Future Alumni
Your gift to the Annual Fund provides scholarships for public health students at Yale. These amazing individuals are the future of our field and we are proud and excited that they will soon join our ranks of alumni. To help you get to know a few of them we have created a selection of profiles below. As you learn about their passions and interests, you learn about the future of public health.
Events of Interest
Lives in Public Health
Director, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Ursula (pictured here) leads CDC’s portfolio of programs to prevent chronic disease and promote health. She recently traveled to Pine Ridge, S.D., to address health issues among Native Americans on the Pine Ridge Reservation, home to the Oglala Sioux, and stopped at this burial site that contains 146 people killed during the Wounded Knee Massacre in 1890.
Photo credit: Myra Tucker
As a participant in Dental Volunteers for Israel, Gregory and his associates have provided dental treatment to needy children and adults and clinic management in Jerusalem and on Kibbutz Hanaton, in northern Israel near Nazareth. When not in Israel, he uses his dental administrative and clinical skills to manage a multispecialty group dental practice with sites in New York City, New Jersey, Connecticut and London.
Photo credit: Dental Volunteers for Israel
Doctoral student, University of Texas; NASA principal investigator team member
Zinzi’s current research focuses on vaccine development for a virus recognized by the World Health Organization as a priority pathogen with potential for malicious use as a weapon. Her work with NASA sought the use of a microgravity environment as a novel platform in the study on the prevention of diseases on earth and in space flight.
Photo credit: Rolf Konig
New Haven, Conn.
Research associate, Yale University
Patrick works with the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute and its partners to improve the delivery of primary health care in rural areas of Ethiopia. The country, with some 80 million people, has made notable strides despite a lack of resources and widespread poverty. Here, churchgoers take a much-needed rest while hiking up Mount Entoto in Addis Ababa.
Photo credit: Patrick Byam
President and CEO, HSC Foundation
Thomas (right) leads a system of care for infants through to young adults with severe, multiple chronic illnesses, most of whom are physically and/or behaviorally impacted by their illnesses. His organization also operates a new National Youth Transitions Center and National Veterans Center for young adults who need support to achieve independence and work readiness.
Photo credit: Cecil Doggette
- New Haven, Conn.Executive director, Fair Haven Community Health CenterAs the executive director of the Fair Haven Community Health Center, Katrina (right) says that the reward of being a health care administrator is realizing that the grants, analyses and health care programs and services that are brought to fruition all contribute to making health care accessible to the residents of an inner city community and to reducing health care disparities. Founded in 1971, the center provides comprehensive health care—from prenatal to pediatric, adolescent to adult and geriatric—to the greater Fair Haven community.Photo credit: Lisa Wilder
- New Haven, ConnecticutProfessor of biostatistics, director of medical research, Yale School of Public HealthAttending neurosurgeon, Brigham and Women’s HospitalAn intracranial meningioma pushes against the soft tissue of the brain. Elizabeth leads a research team that is studying the environmental and genetic risk factors for meningioma, glioma and breast tumors. She is also a practicing neurosurgeon, with a focus on neuro-oncology.
Technical Officer, World Health Organization
Jacob works on the TB REACH initiative that provides funding for projects that attempt to improve tuberculosis case detection and treatment across the globe. This urban slum in Karachi, Pakistan, is the site of such work. TB, Jacob notes, is largely a disease of the poor; is transmitted easily when people live in cramped, tight quarters; and develops in people who have poor immune systems and in those who are undernourished and have weakened immune systems.
Photo Credit: Aamir Khan
New Haven, Conn.
Program director, Yale Global Health Leadership Institute
Martha (left) designs and conducts leadership, health policy and business education programs for senior health care managers and public health administrators in China. She also works with visiting delegations of health care professionals from Africa who travel to Yale each year to devise solutions to specific health care issues in their home countries.
Photo credit: Carl Kaufman
President and COO, Yale-New Haven Hospital
As president and COO of Yale-New Haven Hospital, Richard’s main responsibility is to ensure that patients in greater New Haven and beyond have access to exceptional clinical programs, cutting-edge technology and an exemplary patient experience that is grounded in dignity and respect. Here, Richard (left) visits with a patient.
Photo credit: Carl Kaufman
Silver Spring, Md.
Senior legislative assistant (health), Office of U.S. Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV
Sarah confers with Sen. Rockefeller, D-W.Va., as they wait for the tram to take them to the U.S. Capitol. Legislative assistants serve as subject matter and strategy experts for members of Congress. Public health has been in the forefront on Capitol Hill during much of 2012, with the Affordable Care Act being an unprecedented national investment in health care.
Credit: Roll Call/Getty Images
Director, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
During a recent trip to New Delhi, India, Linda helped to dedicate a new school of public health for traffic safety and visited hospitals to develop trauma and injury surveillance systems. She works to prevent injury and violence, leading causes of death and disability in the United States and throughout the world.
Photo credit: Linda Degutis
Chevy Chase, Md.
CEO, Friends of the National Arboretum
Dana’s work as CEO of the Friends of the National Arboretum allows her to expand access to, and support for, a national environmental treasure—446 acres of gardens and green space in the heart of the nation’s capital. Here, a young girl learns the basics and experiences the pleasures of gardening in a plot at the Arboretum.
Photo credit: Friends of the National Arboretum
New Haven, Conn.
Director of Health, New Haven Health Department
Mario gives a presentation in 2012 to the New Haven Board of Aldermen about the dangers of exposure to secondhand smoke and also to promote the notion of a nonsmoking rule for all rental units within the city. Such a policy, he notes, would reduce exposure to secondhand smoke for a large segment of the city’s population. As the director of the city’s health department, Mario oversees—and advocates—for a variety of measures to protect and promote the health of some 130,000 people.
Photo Credit: Lisa Wilder
Distinguished Senior Fellow and co-founding president, CT Voices for Children in New Haven, and lecturer, Yale School of Public Health and Yale Law School
Throughout her 30-plus year career, Shelley has worked at the intersection of law and health—as a civil rights lawyer in health-related litigation; as founding president of CT Voices for Children, as a research and advocacy organization that promotes law and policy that foster healthy child development; and, now, as a teacher of Yale students interested in a similar path.
Photo credit: Lisa Wilder
Postdoctoral scholar, Wildlife Health Center, University of California, Davis
Working as a molecular epidemiologist, Yvette uses laboratory, statistical and phylogenetic tools to understand the ecology and evolution of emerging infectious diseases such as avian trichomonosis, Lyme borreliosis, toxoplasmosis and avian influenza in human and wildlife populations. Here, she prepares to take a sample from a bird.
Photo credit: Krysta Rogers
Associate veterinarian, VCA Davis Animal Hospital; Yale Human Animal Medicine Project
As a veterinarian who practices preventative medicine and manages acute and chronic disease, Zimra (left) assesses not only the pet, but also its owner, during treatment. When developing a treatment plan, she takes into consideration whether the owner has any physical, mental, environmental or social constraints and what personal, family, hospital and community resources she can use to optimize the well-being of the pet and its human family.
Photo credit: Marilyn Shapiro-Lowell
Statistician Manager, Pfizer Worldwide Research and Development
As a statistician supporting Pfizer’s Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases Research Unit, Maya ensures that preclinical assays produce quality results through rigorous statistical validation and offers innovative approaches to study design. The assays target metabolic pathways for type 2 diabetes and are used to select novel compounds that have the potential for further evaluation.Credit: Jean-Luc Van Tran
Visual artist with concentrations in painting and fiber art
Through art, Ginger seeks to emphasize the concerns and plight of forgotten aspects of society and the environment. She mixes personal and cultural themes into certain paintings that address social inequality, psychological issues and spirituality. Art, she says, gives her the opportunity to continuously ask the question, “What is public health?” This painting is titled We Live Among You and We Won't Let You Forget.
Image credit: Ginger Hanrahan
International president, Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders)
Unni screens a child for malnutrition in a displaced persons camp in Mogadishu, Somalia, on August 20, 2011. MSF is an independent, international, medical humanitarian organization that delivers assistance to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from health care.
Photo credit: Médecins Sans Frontières
Fort Collins, Colo.
Postdoctoral fellow, American Society of Microbiology/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Joan’s research seeks to understand the evolutionary fitness of enzootic alphaviruses within their insect vectors in order to determine the potential of these viruses to cause human disease and to illustrate the need for vaccine development. She is currently working to identify novel vaccine strategies for various arboviruses. Here, a microscopy image shows a mosquito midgut coexposed to two types of virus particles that individually express green and red fluorescent protein.
Photo Credit: Joan L. Kenney and Leoncio Vergara
Founder and director, Amman Imman: Water Is Life
Ariane is the founder and director of the international NGO Amman Imman: Water Is Life. Amman Imman builds clean and sustainable water sources; provides food security; and supports educational, environmental and health initiatives among some of the world’s most vulnerable populations. It is currently operating in the Azawak region of Niger, where 50 percent of children die before their fifth birthday and where most people travel over 35 miles to obtain just a few gallons of mud water to drink, cook and bathe with. Here, a little girl is giving her baby brother the first potable drink of water he has ever had from Amman Imman’s “Well of Love” borehole, built in 2010 and financed by Montessori students across the world.
Photo credit: Ariane Kirtley
Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Epidemiology (Environmental Health) and Deputy Dean, Yale School of Public Health
Brian’s research interests focus on assessing exposures to air contaminants and the health impact resulting from those exposures in epidemiological studies conducted in at-risk populations in the United States and China. This picture was taken in Shanghai, China, during a visit to study sites.
Photo credit: Brian Leaderer
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Associate director, Strategic Information Unit, FHI 360
Kai-Lih heads the Strategic Information Unit for monitoring and evaluation, surveillance and research activities in HIV, tuberculosis and malaria at FHI 360. His work entails collaborations with UNAIDS, the World Health Organization, UNICEF and various government agencies. Here, one of the employees records field data on a laptop in a rural region of the country.
Photo credit: Kai-Lih Liu
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Executive director and CEO, Hospital Santa Catarina
In September, Larry became executive director and CEO of Hospital Santa Catarina, a 327-bed general acute care hospital located on one of South America’s most recognized streets, the Avenida Paulista. The hospital has 88 ICU beds, including 15 in the neonatal unit. Its emergency room averages between 500 and 600 patients each day, about a third of whom are pediatric.
Photo credit: Courtesy of Hospital Santa Catarina
Country director, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation in Zambia
Susan directs a variety of programs related to HIV prevention, care and treatment, with funding from the U.S. government/PEPFAR, UNICEF and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. She also does research on a variety of related areas, including HIV service integration and pediatric counseling. Here, she is with Kenneth Kaunda, Zambia’s first president.