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Donations to feed our physician trainees who are impacted by COVID-19

Many people have asked how to care for our physicians-in-training who are impacted by COVID-19 on the frontline. In an effort to do so and to support local restaurants, we launched a meal delivery initiative for trainees who are impacted by COVID-19.

One donation of $20 will cover one (1) nutritious meal to our physicians-in-training.

On a weekly basis, the Graduate Medical Education office coordinates with program directors to deliver a "bundle of meals" to trainees who are impacted by COVID-19. Since March 2020, we delivered meals, supported with graduation, and prepared gift baskets, and more. To date, we have raised over $38,000 serving over 1,500 meals. Due to the surge from Omicron, we added a delivery day given the need. We are so grateful to our previous local partners including Tavern on State, Roìa, Skappo, and August. Currently, we are working with Rawa.

Please visit the link to donate.

Thank you for your generous and thoughtful offering as we look after our Yale and New Haven community.

Claudia-Santi F. Fernandes, an assistant professor in General Internal Medicine, is spearheading this initiative to deliver meals and may be contacted at with questions.


  • Dear Meals4Healers: During these difficult times, after a whole day of taking care of sick patients, I can't come back home to my family, some days are unbearable. Receiving meals from you is the best thing that happened to me since the beginning of this pandemic. I found a touch of beautiful kindness in the midst of disastrous circumstances. I want you to know that what you do is greatly appreciated and much much needed. You are fueling fighters, therefore you are fighting with us. Thank you very much, each and every one of you. God Bless You.

  • Oh my, we didn't expect so much food! Thank you so much for organizing this and delivering to us. Huge morale boost after a rough week!!


  • Professor of Pediatrics (General Pediatrics); Director, Resident and Fellow Wellbeing, Graduate Medical Education; Director, Yale Programs for Safety, Advocacy, and Healing, Pediatrics

    Andrea Asnes, MD, MSW is a Professor of Pediatrics and board certified child abuse pediatrician who directs the Yale Programs for Safety, Advocacy and Healing.  Dr. Asnes also is the Graduate Medical Education Director of Resident and Fellow Wellbeing and an Associate Designated Institutional Official for Yale-New Haven Hospital.
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine (General Medicine) and in the Child Study Center; Founding Director of Youth4Wellness at Yale, General Internal Medicine; Deputy Director of Mental Health & Well-Being, play2PREVENT Lab, General Internal Medicine

    Claudia-Santi F. Fernandes, Ed.D., LPC, MCHES, NCC is a youth mental health and substance misuse expert with experience in public schools, clinical settings, and research institutions. Previously, her work focused on a practitioner-based approach that concentrated on health education, social and emotional learning (SEL), and school climate. She served as a former public school teacher, bilingual school counselor in New York City, and part of the founding leadership team at Bard High School Early College Newark where she developed and oversaw student-centered policies, programs, and structures. As part of her doctoral studies, she explored facilitators and barriers to the implementation of school wellness policies. She was also a project director at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence where she led the earlier stage of development for the inspirED Online Resource Center. Recognizing the impact and reach of evidence-informed, technology-based interventions to improve mental health and well-being in youth, she completed her postdoctoral studies in the design and evaluation of digital game interventions at the play2PREVENT Lab. Since her transition to a research career, she continues to apply a public health approach to reach more students and to improve youth mental health and well-being outcomes in schools with a specific focus on reducing the risk of suicide. Currently, Dr. Fernandes is an Assistant Professor of Medicine (General Medicine) and in the Child Study Center, the Founding Director of Youth4Wellness at Yale, and the Deputy Director of Mental Health & Well-Being at the play2PREVENT Lab, Yale Center for Health & Learning Games. In her role at the Lab, she was the Project Director of a NIH-/NIDA-funded Helping to End Addiction Long-term (HEAL) initiative to address opioid misuse in youth in school-based health centers. She also served as a Guest Editor in the forthcoming Supplemental Issue in Prevention Science Journal highlighting the coordinated efforts among 10 HEAL research projects across the nation in preventing opioid misuse. Recently, Dr. Fernandes became a Yale Center for Clinical Investigation Scholar where she was awarded a mentored career development award by NIH/NCATS to design and to evaluate a digital intervention to prevent suicide among youth who misuse opioids. Other research interests focus on youth-led participatory action research and the translation of policies into practices and successful transitions from high school to post-secondary education, employment, and healthcare. Dr. Fernandes aims to use evidence-based research to inform federal-, state-, and local-level policies and to provide support to schools in their youth-led implementation efforts. Dr. Fernandes also practices as a licensed professional counselor and serves on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Association of School-Based Health Centers as Treasurer, Society of Public Health Education—CT Chapter, and the Digital Well-Being Advisory Board at the Peer Health Exchange.
  • Professor of Medicine (General Medicine), Yale Child Study Center, and Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences); Firm Chief, Quality & Safety, Internal Medicine; Director, Yale Center for Health & Learning Games, Internal Medicine; Director, play2PREVENT Lab at Yale, Internal Medicine; Instructor, Investigative Medicine Program; Director, ForAGirl Program, Yale School of Medicine, Internal Medicine

    Lynn E. Fiellin, M.D. is a Professor of Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine, at the Yale Child Study Center, and at the Yale School of Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences). Her work focuses on developing and testing novel videogame interventions to promote health and reduce risk in youth and young adults. She has received funding from the National Institutes of Health including NICHD, NIDA, and NIAAA, the CVS Health Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the NIH/FDA, and the BEST Foundation/Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. She and her team of researchers, game developers, and community partners have and currently are creating and evaluating interactive evidence-based games addressing a number of health-related and medical issues including HIV prevention and risk reduction, HIV testing and counseling, tobacco and marijuana smoking, e-cigarette use and vaping prevention, and most recently opioid misuse prevention in adolescents. She builds collaborations and partnerships between researchers, educators, commercial game developers, and community-based organizations with the goal of developing and rigorously testing innovative, effective, and targeted game interventions, tailored for specific populations and with the scientific data behind them to demonstrate that they work.
  • Professor of Medicine (Nephrology); Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education (YSM)

    I received my MD degree from Duke University and completed my residency training in Internal Medicine and my fellowship training in Nephrology and Hypertension at Yale new Haven Hospital/Yale School of Medicine. My patient care is in both the inpatient setting at Yale New Haven Hospital and in the outpatient setting at the New Haven Primary Care Consortium where I oversee a hypertension referral clinic, precept residents, and provide direct patient care. My entire career has been at Yale where I have served as Program Director of our Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency for 24 years, as Program Director of our Combined Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program for 10 years and as Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Medicine for 9 years. In 2016 I was appointed Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Medicine Education. My research interest is in hypertension education, hypertension management and quality improvement in medical education.
  • Associate Professor of Medicine (General Medicine) and Clinical Professor of Nursing; Director, Office of Global Health, Internal Medicine; Associate Program Director for Global and Community Health, Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine; Program Co-Director, Global Health Ethics Program, Yale Institute for Global Health; Founding Member/Core Faculty, Women's & Gender Health Education Program, Internal Medicine; Director, Global Health Capacity Building Fellowship, Internal Medicine; Director, Global Health & Equity Distinction Pathway, Internal Medicine; Affiliated Faculty, Program for Biomedical Ethics; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Center for Asylum Medicine, Internal Medicine; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health; Uganda Site Director, Yale/Stanford J&J Global Health Scholars Program

    Dr. Rabin is an Internist and Pediatrician who joined the Yale faculty in 2011 as a member of the Section of General Internal Medicine (YSM Department of Internal Medicine), and currently serves as the Director of the Office of Global Health, and the Associate Program Director for Global and Community Health in the Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program (YPC). She attends and teaches on the medical wards at the St. Raphael's Campus (SRC) of Yale-New Haven Hospital; directs care and precepts residents in the SRC Adult Primary Care Diabetes Clinic; co-directs the YPC Community Engagement Curriculum; directs the YPC Home Visit Elective; and co-directs the Makerere University-Yale University (MUYU) medical education capacity building collaboration which is based at the Makerere University College of Health Sciences/Mulago National Referral & Teaching Hospital in Kampala, Uganda.Her areas of academic interest include global health education and clinical ethics, outpatient diabetes management, and health care transitions.