Public Health Lunch with Elaine O’Keefe

Public Health Lunch with Elaine O’Keefe, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS Office of Community Health
Silliman Dining Annex
Friday, October 1

Meet Elaine O’Keefe, Executive Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS and the Office of Community Health at the Yale School of Public Health. She created the City’s first dedicated AIDS unit in the New Haven Health Department during the early days of the epidemic and was responsible for developing and managing a spectrum of HIV services .Elaine has held various state and national leadership positions. She is a former president of the CT Association of Directors of Health. Elaine has received various awards over the years for her contributions in the AIDS/HIV and broader public health practice milieu.


It’s HERE! National Public Health Week!

Woooo! Check out the cool events this week!

Public Health Day of Service this Wednesday!

WEDNESDAY: Public Health Day
March 31, 2010
Hosted by Dwight Hall Public Health Coalition

Documentary: “In Sickness and In Wealth”
7:00PM – 8:00PM
Dwight Hall Common Room
What are the connections between healthy bodies, healthy bank accounts and skin color? Join the Public Health Coalition to explore whether medical care cures us but to see why we get sick in the first place, and why patterns of health and illness reflect underlying patterns of class and racial inequities.

Followed by a Public Health Advocacy Moment in collaboration with Amnesty International
Dwight Hall Common Room
Write to Senators asking for an extension of unemployment benefits for jobless Americans. This action is based on materials from The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, a national civil and human rights advocacy and research organizations. Snacks will be served!

PH Lunch with AIDS Activist Gregg Gonsalves

PH lunch this week: The Public Health Coalition invites you to attend a lunch with Gregg Gonsalves, world-renowned AIDS activist and board member of the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition.

When?: Friday, April 17th; 12:30-1:30 pm

Where?: The Saybrook Fellows Lounge (in the back of the Saybrook dining hall, on the opposite end from the kitchen)

Come meet Mr. Gonsalves to learn more about AIDS and TB Activism in the USA and Around the World! Contact with any questions.

Gregg Gonsalves is a student at Yale College, admitted through the Eli Whitney Students Program for non-traditional undergraduates. He has worked in AIDS and TB policy for close to 20 years, with organizations including the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, the Treatment Action Group, Gay Men’s Health Crisis, AIDS and Rights Alliance of Southern Africa and the Treatment Action Campaign. He has also been a consultant for the World Health Organization and served on advisory committees at both the US Food and Drug Administration and National Institutes of Health. He’s currently on the board of directors of the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition, an international network with members in over 125 countries around the world working to promote access to AIDS and TB services for all who need them. He is also the chair of the steering committee of the CD4 Initiative at the Imperial College of Medicine (UK), which is developing a simple point-of-care assay for measuring CD4+ T-cells in resource poor settings with the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He was the recipient of the $100,000 John M. Lloyd Foundation AIDS Leadership Award in 2008. Mr. Gonsalves has given numerous talks to Yalies since his enrollment, including his February talk for the Yale Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA) Colloquium series titled, “Science, Social Movements, and Epidemics: AIDS and TB Activism in the USA and Around the World.” (From

Food Policy Panel A Success!

On Wednesday afternoon, Public Health Coalition Member groups YHHAP and Yale Sustainable Food Project helped put together a panel about the intersection of Food Policy, Sustainable Agriculture and Public Health in New Haven. The Panel featured Anastatia Curley, Communications Coordinator for the Yale Sustainable Food Project and Diana Richter, Executive Director of the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen and member of the New Haven Food Policy Council. The event was a lively discussion about eating locally and organically in tough times, the challenges of feeding large numbers of financially unstable familes, and possibilities for changing our nation’s food system.

Both the Yale Sustainable Food Project and the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen are always looking for volunteers for a variety of projects. You can learn more about these organizations at the following websites:

Yale Sustainable Food Project

Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen

New Haven Food Policy Council