Making a Difference

Students enroll in the School of Public Health to improve the health of communities, not to enter lucrative careers. Their ability to live out their high ideals is directly related to our ability to provide financial aid. The generous support of our donors helps us create scholarships to attract the best students, reduce their debt burden, and open doors to worthy careers in public health. In this series of profiles, you’ll meet outstanding students who are thriving at YSPH—students whose aims and accomplishments are brought to fruition through endowments.

Jonathan Smith MPH '11

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Jonathan Smith, MPH '11, investigated how contextual factors influence HIV and TB vulnerabilities among migrant laborers, specifically gold miners.

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Benjamin Simms, MPH '11

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Benjamin Simms, MPH '11, examined whether nutritional status played a role in children infected with hookworm in Ghana.

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Karen Payne, MPH '11

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Karen Payne, MPH '11, worked with colleagues in Colombia to develop a test for the detection of cutaneous leishmaniasis.

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Roland Dimaya, MPH '11

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Roland Dimaya, MPH '11, assessed health and education programs for children in Laos and studied the government’s response to nurse migration in the Philippines.

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Margo Klar, MPH '11

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Margo Klar, MPH '11, investigated indoor air pollution from cooking stoves and its effect on respiratory symptoms in Honduras.

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Elyssa Gelmann, MPH '11

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Elyssa Gelmann, MPH '11, studied the effects of maternal arsenic exposure through drinking water in Romania.

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Nevada Griffin, MPH '11

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Nevada Griffin, MPH '11, worked with UNICEF in Panama to develop an online survey tool to measure children’s rights and health issues.

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Kalina Duncan, MPH '11

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Kalina Duncan, MPH '11, helped to develop a clinician exchange and educational program in Rwanda.

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Jeremy Steglitz, MPH '11

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Jeremy Steglitz, MPH '11, examined the mental health and coping strategies of HIV-positive adults in Tanzania.

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Jenna Kruger, MPH '11

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Jenna Kruger, MPH '11, studied the complex relationship between hospitals and various levels of government in California and the United States.

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Mia Kanak, MPH '11

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Mia Kanak, MPH '11, researched the impact of community health centers on access to health care in rural areas of China.

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Tyler Griswold, MPH '10

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As a teenager, Tyler Griswold, M.P.H. ’10, ventured far from his native Colorado to volunteer in the jungles of Bolivia. “That experience really pushed me into the public health realm,’ he says.

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Lesley Park, MPH '10

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A double major in math and French at the University of Virginia led Lesley Park, MPH ’10, first to France—and then, once back in the U.S., to a career using numbers to illuminate public health issues.

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Molly Rosenberg, MPH '10

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This summer, Molly Rosenberg, M.P.H. ’10, returns to the Caribbean island that marked the beginning of her career in public health. And with a year at YSPH completed, she’s bringing fresh perspective to Haiti’s most pressing issues.

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Robert Nelb, BA/MPH '09

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As he nears the completion of Yale’s five–year BA/MPH program, Robert Nelb, MPH ’09, has created an extensive legacy—from a national think tank to a campus–wide blog. And with a Senate internship behind him, he’s landed a government job at graduation.

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Brian Seavey, MPH '09

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As a “military brat”, Brian Seavey, M.P.H. ’09, grew up on three continents. As a conscientious global citizen, he spent time working to improve lives on yet another.

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Leah Hoffman, MPH '10

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For Leah Hoffman, M.P.H. ’10, the journey to Yale—by way of Central Asia—began with a book she read at 13.

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Thu-Trang Tach, MPH '10

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Thu–Trang Thach, M.P.H. ’10, began her first semester at YSPH with two summers in New Haven already under her belt.

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