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Yale-Jefferson Award honors couple’s commitment to public service

Medicine@Yale, 2014 - Mar Apr


Two alumni of the School of Medicine received the Yale-Jefferson Public Service Award for their commitment to service and social responsibility in November. Richard D. Gibbs, M.D. ’86, and Patricia H. Gibbs, M.D. ’87, were recognized for founding and sustaining the San Francisco Free Clinic (SFFC), which provides urgent medical care to uninsured people in San Francisco.

More than 8,000 patients visit the clinic each year to receive medications and care at no cost. Since the SFFC’s founding 20 years ago, the Gibbses have taught, mentored, and inspired Yale medical students doing primary care clinical rotations at the clinic. With the precedents established by the SFFC, and with their help as early advisors, the Gibbses were instrumental in developing the HAVEN Free Clinic, the School of Medicine’s student-run free clinic in the Fair Haven section of New Haven.

The award, presented at the assembly of the Association of Yale Alumni by Vice President Linda Koch Lorimer, j.d., was first given in 2012. It is conferred by Students and Alumni of Yale (STAY) to recognize individuals who inspire the Yale community through their contributions to the greater good. Candidates must have a demonstrated involvement in a Yale service project or have made substantial use of Yale facilities or services for an outside service project. The STAY awards are the local iteration of the national Jefferson Awards, given since 1972.

Watch the video “The Yale-Jefferson Award for Public Service” here.