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Celina Fernández, case manager at Junta for Progressive Action, and Rev. Leroy Odinga Perry, pastor of St. Stephens AME Zion Church
Photo by Robert A. Lisak
As members of the Cultural Ambassadors program Celina Fernández, case manager at Junta for Progressive Action, and Rev. Leroy Odinga Perry, pastor of St. Stephens AME Zion Church, collaborate with School of Medicine faculty on increasing diversity in clinical trials.

Yale School of Medicine receives significant help from its neighbors in advancing the school’s three core missions—education, research and patient care—while also offering a wealth of resources and expertise to support the community.

  • As an academic health system, we provide New Haven residents and those in surrounding towns with advanced medical care. Yale Medicine physicians provide free care to members of the community and many medical school departments reach out with services tailored to inner city families and individuals. Yale faculty have developed programs to combat many of the health issues that affect urban dwellers in greater numbers.
  • Community members have the opportunity, through the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation, to help advance the frontiers of medicine by participating in the hundreds of clinical trials Yale faculty conduct annually in search of better ways of detecting and treating illness. They also help guide the direction of future research via the Cultural Ambassadors program.
  • Community physicians help educate the next generation of doctors by opening their practices to Yale medical students in their learning years and by lecturing and rounding with students and residents in the hospital.
  • Yale medical, nursing, public health, and PA students volunteer in dozens of settings and fellows of the National Clinician Scholars Program participate in a wide array of community programs.