Initiative Tackles Diversity, Equity, and Anti-racism Within Infectious Diseases
As the summer season of 2020 peaked, amidst a swelling pandemic and the murder of George Floyd, a team of physicians and staff within the Yale Department of Internal Medicine’s Section of Infectious Diseases banded together with university historians and experts from the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning to create a space to address diversity, equity, and anti-racism. Initially spearheaded by Lydia Aoun-Barakat, MD, associate professor of medicine (infectious diseases), and Gerald Friedland, MD, professor emeritus (infectious diseases), the section established the Infectious Diseases Diversity, Equity, and Antiracism (ID2EA) consortium, which aims to address systemic racism, promote diversity, and promote equity within the infectious disease space both at Yale and beyond via interactive learning sessions.
A Creative Way to Make Time for DEI Training
Addressing disparities in health care through education in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) has long been a priority for Sarah Kandil and her team at Yale New Haven Children's Hospital. The challenge arises in procuring the necessary resources—notably, finding time in the day with increasingly strained health care workers—to properly present DEI training.Source: Children's Hospital Association
Yale Global Health Leadership Initiative secures grant to reduce inequities in sepsis outcomes and care
The Yale Global Health Leadership Initiative has been awarded a highly competitive research grant exceeding $1 million to reduce inequities in sepsis care and outcomes among African American/Black and Latinx communities.
Feeling Invisible & Unheard: The Impact of Racist Stereotypes on Black Teenage Girls
A new Yale study finds that Black teenage girls face a number of gendered racist stereotypes that can impact their decision making in romantic relationships, lower their self-esteem and leave them feeling powerless and invisible to others.
Gender advocacy leads to major recognition for Yale oncologist Pamela Kunz, MD
Pamela Kunz, MD, was recently recognized as the 2021 Woman Oncologist of the Year by Women Leaders in Oncology for her commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) through her research, committee leadership, and talks. “My advocacy is what is being recognized,” Kunz said, “To have the award acknowledge my DEI efforts is really meaningful.”
A Path Marked by “Firsts”: Marietta Vazquez, MD
Marietta Vazquez, MD, professor of pediatrics and associate dean for medical student diversity, carved her own path. Her last 27 years have been marked by hard work, personal and professional growth, and a return to her roots. Along her path, she earned a lot of “firsts,” becoming the first Latina to be named by the U.S. Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to be a voting member of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, responsible for developing vaccine policy; the first Latina Vice Chair in the department of Pediatrics; and now the first Latina to be named Associate Dean at Yale School of Medicine.
New Program Brings Meharry Medical Students into the ‘Yale Family’
Six students were selected from Meharry Medical College, an historically Black medical school in Nashville, in a program designed by Yale School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to provide them with research experience and career advancing networking opportunities. The students will work alongside Yale faculty members and residents, begin building networks, and deepen their understanding of careers paths in psychiatry, neurosurgery, and neuroscience.
Learning to lead: a new digital resource library for women faculty in medicine at Yale
The Women’s Leadership Resource Library launched online in April. The fully digital lending library, available to anyone with Yale Library access, includes books, podcasts, TED talks, online courses and other resources that address topics like building confidence, embracing vulnerability, knowing your worth, responding in crisis, and the soft skills needed to become an effective leader.
Through F-1 Doctors, Yale’s doctors in training make it easier for international students to attend U.S. medical schools
Rachel Jaber Chehayeb wanted to stay in the U.S. to attend medical school after graduating from Yale College, but she knew it would be difficult. As a Lebanese citizen, she would have to navigate visa requirements and loans without nearby family or a ready support network. “I only knew of one person who had done it,” said Chehayeb, a first-year medical student at Yale School of Medicine. “There was not a community of international medical students.”
Donation Creates Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Fund at the Yale School of Public Health
The Yale School of Public Health’s ongoing efforts to promote diversity, equity and inclusion received a substantial boost recently with a generous donation from Dr. Pilar Vargas and her husband Dean Sten H. Vermund.
#BlackLivesMatter to Yale Pediatrics
While we certainly don’t have all the answers, we refuse to remain passive. Let’s not continue to be part of the problem. Let us not be afraid to critically appraise ourselves and engage in reflection of our own conscious and unconscious racist beliefs and actions.
With the Renewal of the Yale CTSA Comes New Funding Opportunities
Yale’s status as a funded CTSA site opens several additional opportunities for external funding through National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). Through the NCATS’s Division of Innovation, the NIH institute and division that oversee all CTSA funding, Yale investigators can now apply for new research opportunities available only to universities with funded CTSA hubs. As part of this program, Robert Sherwin and the Yale CTSA have already been awarded three of these grants; in addition, new opportunities will continue to become available.
Sudanese ‘Scholar at Risk’ finds safety and a temporary home at YSPH
Eman Salih, a public health professional from Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, couldn't return to her home in Sudan following a fellowship because of the civil war that erupted in April. And it’s what has led her to the Yale School of Public Health. She is one of 14 scholars, writers, artists, and activists across Yale University who have found a temporary home here as part of Yale’s Scholars at Risk program
$1.2 million grant boosts YSPH student’s work assisting human trafficking victims
Nathan Earl ’24, a student in the Yale School of Public Health’s Executive MPH program and an anti-human trafficking advocate, was a collaborator on a recent joint $1.2 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice.