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Yale University and New Haven

Photo by Anthony DeCarlo
Working with the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation, Cultural Ambassadors met with Yale clinicians and investigators and community members to ensure that accurate information and PPE were disseminated to underserved communities.
The School of Medicine is located on the main campus of Yale University, one of the world’s great institutions of higher learning. With a residential college system modeled after those of Cambridge and Oxford, the undergraduate school is complemented by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and 12 professional schools, including Architecture, Art, Divinity, Drama, Engineering and Applied Science, Forestry and Environmental Studies, Law, Management, Music, Nursing, and Medicine, which includes the School of Public Health. In 2007, Yale acquired the 136-acre West Campus in West Haven.

Established in 1638, New Haven was the first planned municipality in America, organized geographically in nine squares, including a picturesque town green. Today, New Haven is a vibrant coastal city located on Long Island Sound between New York and Boston. Cultural opportunities abound, from dance, theater, and music to the treasures of Yale’s art and natural history museums.

New Haven
Year Population
2019 130,250
Distance From Miles
NYC 80
Boston 137


University Profile
10 The breakdown for this number can be found on the Education page.
Yale totals include YSM
Category Total
Yale faculty 4,962
YSM faculty 3,228
Yale staff 10,442
YSM staff 3,792
Yale students 12,060
YSM students10 1,554

Community Service

Photo by Harold Shapiro
Cultural Ambassadors played a key role in ensuring the participation of Black and Latinx communities in clinical trials of the COVID-19 vaccine and in overcoming vaccine hesitancy. Senator Blumenthal called this effort a model for the nation.
A majority of students volunteer, and the COVID-19 pandemic did not diminish that undertaking. Students increased their efforts—significantly bolstering endeavors to source PPE, help reduce social isolation of older adults, support outreach to non-COVID-19 patients, and serve as patient navigators for refugees.

Many ongoing community service projects for which students customarily volunteer include:
  • Columbus House
  • Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen
  • HAVEN (student-run free clinic)
  • Health Professionals Recruitment and Exposure Program
  • Hill Regional Career High School Anatomy Teaching Program
  • Hunger and Homelessness Auction
  • Neighborhood Health Project
  • Refugee Patient Navigator Program
  • Youth Science Enrichment Program