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Advisory Group

The Health Equity Thread Advisory Group (AG) is comprised of a group of Yale School of Medicine faculty and students and New Haven community members who provide tactical advice to help build the Health Equity Thread. The AG members are familiar with the YSM institutional and educational environment, as well as with the YSM curriculum. They are educators, researchers, advocates, students, and local residents active in promoting health and social justice in the curriculum. They are committed to training physicians who will take advocacy as a core responsibility and be driven to particularly respond to social and structural inequities that make an impact on health and disease. The AG meets once each quarter to provide a variety of informed viewpoints from which to develop recommendations or courses of action. This advice will focus on problems of process and content in building the health equity curriculum. Members of the AG may also serve as informal ambassadors or conveners to canvas opinions and expertise across the YSM community. The AG is an important resource for navigating issues that are complex and contentious. These include issues relevant to Race and Ethnicity, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation, Disability, Sex and Gender, Low Resource Vulnerabilities, Immigration, and Environmental Inequities.


  • Amber Acquaye is a third year student at the Yale School of Medicine. She earned a BS in Human and Organizational Development, with honors, from Vanderbilt University in 2020. At Yale, her research focuses on the impact of climate change, environmental racism, and childism, systems of oppression that marginalize youth, on child and adolescent health. She serves as the youngest official member of AACAP's Climate Resource Group and is an advisor for Yale's Health Equity Thread.

    With interests in human-centered design, critical theory, moral philosophy, and qualitative research, she hopes to design transformative systems of health service delivery that prioritize justice for children and families.

  • Aba Black, MD, MHS, received her bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and went on to graduate from medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. She completed her residency at the Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine Program, where she also served as chief resident. She subsequently earned a Master of Health Science degree in medical education. She currently works as an academic clinician at Yale School of Medicine, where she serves as Vice Chief for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Section of General Internal Medicine and Associate Program Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine residency program. Her academic interests focus on enhancing workplace diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. She leads initiatives related to underrepresented in medicine recruitment and retention, as well as spearheading trainee and faculty education on equity-related topics. Clinically, she works as a primary care physician for urban underserved patients. Outside of the hospital, she serves on the board of Project Access-New Haven, an organization dedicated to improving access to medical care and services for underserved patients in the Greater New Haven area. She was recently awarded the Connecticut American College of Physicians Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award for promoting physician diversity and inclusion with outstanding achievements in mentoring, leadership development, and role modeling for physicians and medical students from diverse and underrepresented populations.

  • Samiksha Chopra (she/her) is a third-year MD-PhD student in the Blumenfeld Lab. She is a co-leader of the US Health Justice Elective, a student-run course for medical, physician assistant, and nursing students, dedicated to learning about and discussing an array of health justice topics, including mass incarceration, queer health, reproductive justice, and more. Her responsibilities include securing finances, developing curriculum, organizing community service opportunities, and mentoring students. Additionally, she is a student co-leader of Yale School of Medicine’s chapter of Students for a National Health Program (SNaHP) to advocate for single-payer national health insurance.

  • My contributions to education and research have focused on the organization and delivery of: (1) health-related services for vulnerable populations, and, (2) physician/health-professional training. After having done work in national and international evaluation of HIV/AIDS-related programs and mental health service research, a more recent component of my career has involved the application of my skills in medical education. In this area, most of my work has focused on working with medical education faculty in assessing trainees and training programs.

    At the Yale School of Medicine, I am executive director of Evaluation & Assessment at the Center for Medical Education. My particular expertise is in evaluation of the medical education curriculum and its component parts; training faculty, house staff, and students in giving and receiving feedback as part of teaching and learning; improving systems for assessing educators towards enhancement of teaching and faculty success; and consulting to faculty and trainees in evaluation approaches that contribute to scholarly work. I am also involved in incorporating LGBTQI-health related topics into the medical school curriculum and serve on the Dean's Council for LGBTQI Affairs. For select graduate medical education programs including my home department of Psychiatry, I work towards gathering and analyzing qualitative data that contribute to internal review of training programs.

  • Originally from the rural South, Tyler Harvey is a MD/PhD (Public Health) student at the Yale School of Medicine. Tyler holds a BA in Urban Studies from Rhodes College and MPH from the Yale School of Public Health.

    Prior to graduate school, Tyler was a Thomas J. Watson fellow where they completed an international fellowship across six diverse low-income countries titled, "Embodied Poverty: Experiences and Voices of the Poor, Sick, and Surviving." As a graduate student in public health, Tyler served as the Executive Director of HAVEN Free Clinic, a student-run primary health care clinic that partners with Yale to provide services to the New Haven community free of charge. Prior to beginning the MD/PhD program, Tyler was the Center Administrator at the SEICHE Center for Health and Justice, an academic center focused on addressing the health harms of mass incarceration. From 2023 - 2024, Tyler was a Public Voices Fellow with TheOpEdProject in partnership with the AcademyHealth, publishing numerous opinion pieces on health equity in top media outlets, including The Hill and Newsweek.

    As a MD/PhD candidate, Tyler plans to pursue a PhD in Public Health. Tyler's research focuses on examining structural determinants of health and understanding how to improve the health of marginalized populations. Tyler's research has been published in leading medical and public health journals, such as JAMA Network Open, LGBT Health, and Social Science and Medicine and has been used alongside work with local and international agencies, including the NYC Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice and World Health Organization.

  • Kelsey Martin, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Section of Hematology where her clinical practice is dedicated to patients with classical and malignant hematologic disease. She is focused on the role of sex and gender on health outcomes and health advocacy for patients. She serves as Women’s Health Research at Yale’s Associate Director for Medical Education in Women’s Health. Through this role, she works as a mentor for Yale undergraduate students to investigate and integrate data on women and sex and gender into the Yale School of Medicine curriculum.

    She is the incoming Vice Chair and Advocacy Subcommittee for the Sex and Gender Health Collaborative of the American Medical Women’s Association. Dr. Martin is a member of the American Society of Hematology’s Committee on Practice where she advocates for health equity issues for hematology patients and in this role serves as a delegate to the American Medical Association. She participated in the American Society of Hematology Advocacy Leadership Institute advocating for her patients on Capitol Hill. Regarding health equity medical education, Dr. Martin is passionate about teaching patient communication and patient-centered interviewing. She is an active member of Yale’s Women Faculty Forum and Yale School of Medicine’s Status of Women in Medicine.

  • Carolyn M. Mazure is the Norma Weinberg Spungen and Joan Lebson Bildner Professor in Women’s Health Research, and Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology. After three years at the National Institutes of Health and fellowship training at Yale, Dr. Mazure joined the Yale faculty — becoming an active clinician and NIH-funded researcher. She was the Director of Psychiatry’s Adult Inpatient Program at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and has held a variety of other leadership roles, including Associate Dean for Faculty at Yale School of Medicine, Scientific Director of NIH-funded SCOR(E) interdisciplinary research grants, and PI of NIH-funded junior faculty training grants.

    She created Women’s Health Research at Yale, the university’s interdisciplinary research center on the health of women and the interplay of sex, gender, and health. The center studies a wide breadth of topics from cardiovascular disease to cancers. Since its inception in 1998, the center has been recognized as a national model for launching research, translating findings, sharing health information with the public and policymakers, and providing mentored training in interdisciplinary team science.

    In 2023, Dr. Mazure was appointed Chair of the White House Initiative on Women's Health Research, which aims to fundamentally change how the nation approaches and funds women's health research.

    Her research contributions have focused on depression, the single greatest cause of disability for women in the U.S. and globally, including the sex-and-gender-specific relationship of stress to depression and co-occurring addictive behaviors (such as smoking, and opioid use and misuse). Current research targets the intersection of biological and social factors affecting the health of women, gender-specific strategies for promoting resilience, and health policies that serve to advance economic stability for women.

    Dr. Mazure has served on the Advisory Committee for the NIH Office for Research on Women’s Health, provided testimony to the U.S. Congress on the health of women, served on the planning committee for the First White House Conference on Mental Health, and was a fellow for the U.S. Congress’ Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

    She has been an invited speaker at diverse venues, such as NASA, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Sorbonne, and has been a featured expert on ABC’s “Prime Time Live” and in the BBC documentary “The Science of Stress.” Her edited books include “Does Stress Cause Psychiatric Illness?” and “Understanding Depression in Women: Applying Empirical Research to Practice and Policy.”

    Her national honors include the Marion Spencer Fay Award from the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership, the American Psychological Association Distinguished Leadership Award from the Committee on Women in Psychology, the Elizabeth Blackwell Award from the National Organization for Women, and a U.S. Public Health Fellowship. Additional honors include Yale’s Stephen Fleck Clinician and Teacher Award and the Sidney J. Blatt Award for Excellence in Clinical Care, Teaching, and Research.

  • Dr. Nozetz was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. She attended college at McGill University, medical school at Upstate Medical University and completed her pediatric residency training at Yale New Haven Children's Hospital. She went on to become a pediatric Chief Resident at YNHCH and has stayed on as a general pediatrician at YNHCH. She sees patients at 150 Sargent Drive, Fair Haven Community Health Center, the Well-Baby nursery at 20 York Street and the Pediatric Lead Clinic on Telehealth. Her interests lie in lead toxicity, integrative medicine, the care of children with special health care needs, and medical education.

  • Marco Ramos, MD, PhD, (he/him) is a historian of medicine and psychiatrist at Yale University. His research focuses on the history of mental healing and harm, with an emphasis on health activism and the history of drugs in Latin America. He is currently writing a book entitled Specters of Justice: Radical Mental Health and Terror in Cold War Argentina that is under contract with UNC Press. He has published widely, in both academic and popular journals, on structural oppression and its relationship to health and clinical education. His teaching, at undergraduate, medical school, and postgraduate levels, brings a critical historical perspective to anti-racism interventions in science, medicine, and public health. Specifically, he is the co-founder of the History of Psychiatry Track in the Social Justice and Health Equity Curriculum in the Yale Department of Psychiatry. He also is co-founder of the Applied Medical History Working Group, a national group that brings lessons from the history of medicine to bear on pressing issues of health justice today. Clinically, Dr. Ramos has worked to expand access to mental health care for undocumented, Spanish-speaking residents in New Haven, CT, through the creation of the Behavioral Health Program for Depression at HAVEN Free Clinic. His service work earned him the Yale Graduate School Disciplinary Outreach Public Service Award.

  • Eva Rest is an M.D.-Ph.D. student intending to pursue her Ph.D. in Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases. Her research interests include disease modeling, dynamics of respiratory and vaccine-preventable diseases, public health interventions, and global health. Eva hopes to use her M.D.-Ph.D. training to integrate clinical infectious disease care with dynamical disease models and data-driven surveillance and interventions.

    Eva earned her M.S. in Global Infectious Disease at Georgetown University where she studied respiratory disease dynamics and spatial heterogeneity in vaccination patterns in the lab of Dr. Shweta Bansal. Previously, she researched harm reduction strategies for substance use disorders at the University of Illinois Chicago's Institute for Health Research and Policy. She graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, studying global health and health policy.

  • Bassel Shanab is a medical student at the Yale School of Medicine. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Biochemistry and Biophysics; and Global Health Studies from Northwestern University graduating with distinction. His academic interests include cardiovascular health, social determinants of health, health disparities, health policy, and healthcare administration.

    In addition to serving as a member of the Health Equity Thread Advisory Group, he has served as co-leader of the Yale School of Medicine's chapter of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) and the First-generation, Low-income medical student affinity group (YFLI). He currently serves as his cohort's Financial Aid representative, as well as a representative to the American Association of Medical College's Organization of Student Representatives (AAMC OSR). Outside of the Yale School of Medicine, he holds an elected position as the Northeast delegate for the AAMC OSR's Community and Diversity Committee. Such positions follow an active undergraduate presence where he focused student leadership efforts on campus affordability (i.e., lower course costs), campus accessibility (i.e., student-centered transportation), and campus health.

    At the Yale School of Medicine, he works in collaboration with other student leaders to enhance undergraduate medical education for transgender and gender-diverse patients, currently working on a gender-expansive patient simulation workshop. Moreso, Bassel alongside other members of the Food Insecurity Student Taskforce have worked to address unmet basic needs of medical students at Yale, in addition to, medical students across the country.

  • Yetsa A. Tuakli-Wosornu, MD, MPH, is an Associate Professor (Adjunct) at Yale School of Public Health, Physiatrist, and Executive Director of the Sports Equity Lab. As a clinician-scientist, her passion is developing sophisticated solutions to clinical and social challenges. Purposefully elevating the voices of disadvantaged individuals and leveraging her background in global athletics and medicine, she is actively engaged in local and international sports communities, particularly focused on athletes with disabilities and those who have experienced trauma. Her research has won numerous awards and is regularly featured on local and international podcasts, including the 2019 American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Best Overall Research award, and the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Centre for Sport and Human Rights, JAMA Open Network, and Madame Athlete podcasts. In all of her work, she emphasizes the role of sports, recreation, and play for individual and collective healing. Additional leadership and advocacy roles include:

    • Chair, International Olympic Committee (IOC) Global Safeguarding Consensus
    • Chair, International Society for Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM) Task Force on Physical Activity for Persons with Disabilities
    • Co-Chair, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Policy Statement on Youth Athlete Safeguarding
    • Co-Chair, Safe Sport International (SSI) Research Committee
    • Methodological Expert, Union of European Football Associations (UEFA)
    • Associate Editor, British Journal of Sports Medicine

    Perhaps most importantly, between 2006 and 2016, Dr. Tuakli competed in the long jump for the Ghana National Team training at IMG Academy (Bradentdon, FL) under Coach Loren Seagrave. She currently resides in Accra, Ghana.