Volunteering at Leeway


Leeway is CT’s only residential facility for people with HIV/AIDS. Around since 1985, with up to 40 beds, numerous recreational activities, and a passionate and committed staff, Leeway performs important work that many Yale students aren’t aware of. I have been volunteering at Leeway since the first semester of my freshman year, and it has been a wonderful experience. I now know that I want to pursue a career in HIV/AIDS-related service work. Contact me (jacqueline.outka@yale.edu) if you are also interested in volunteering!


YSPH students team up for community health fair on Wednesday, March 13th

Our own Mikhail Higgins is featured in a great story on the YSPH website for his work with founding the Yale Health Initiation Taskforce (YHIT). They will be co–host their first collaborative health fair with the Hill Health Center on Wednesday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Augusta Lewis Troup School (259 Edgewood Ave). Way to go!

[Full story below the fold]

Students Team Up for Community Health Fair

Mikhail CSS Higgins, MPH student
M.P.H. student Mikhail C.S.S. Higgins is a co–founder of the Yale Health Initiation Taskforce.

On the heels of a successful health fair targeting members of the Church Street South residential community, students from the Yale Health Initiation Taskforce (YHIT) will team up with the Hill Health Center to organize a health fair for local schoolchildren.
This is the second in a series of health fairs and community outreach efforts organized and run by Yale University student volunteers through the taskforce. The goal is to foster working relationships between Yale students and New Haven neighborhoods, whose access to medical screening, health education and social services is often limited. To do this, YHIT aims to bring vital health services to the communities that most need them.
Building upon this theme, YHIT and the Hill Health Center (HHC) will co–host their first collaborative health fair on Wednesday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Augusta Lewis Troup School. The school is located at 259 Edgewood Ave.
In addition to the 500 students that YHIT and HHC will be serving at the school, members of the local Parents Teachers Association and nearby churches have been invited. While these groups are the focus of the event, all services provided by the fair are free and open to the public and no appointments are necessary.
Services include screenings for a host of common health problems for both adults and children; educational counseling on nutrition and the management of various medical illnesses; dental consultations; interactive displays on poison control; sessions on injury prevention; and advocacy and social service resources (including counseling on medical debt and education on private and public health care assistance programs).
The event also will include tours of an ambulance and interactive demonstrations by the New Haven Fire Department who will use a smoke wagon to demonstrate the proper response during a fire. There will be other entertainment planned for attendees, prize raffle drawings and light refreshments.
The student–run health fair program was started by Mikhail C.S.S. Higgins, a student in the M.P.H. program at the Yale School of Public Health, and C. Brandon Ogbunugafor, an M.D., Ph.D. candidate at the Yale School of Medicine The project development team that coordinates YHIT’s events consists of students from Yale School of Nursing Yale School of Medicine, Yale School of Public Health and Yale College.

For further information, contact Higgins at mikhail.higgins@yale.edu

Pedestrian Struck by Bus Outside of YSPH

Tyler Griswold shares this tragic story about (yet another) accident on South Frontage Street, right outside of YSPH:

NEW HAVEN — A 56-year-old man suffered serious head injuries Monday after being struck by a bus while crossing South Frontage Road, a roadway that pedestrians say is a nightmare to cross….

The scene has repeated itself along the stretch. Two years ago, a Yale public health student was struck and injured in the same area. Two blocks down, Yale medical student Mila Rainoff was fatally struck last year while crossing at York Street, prompting an outcry for safety upgrades and giving birth to a grassroots New Haven Safe Streets Coalition that promotes issues about pedestrian and bicyclist safety.

“All these people are trying to get on the highway. People are getting off the highway. They’re all trying to accelerate to speeds of 65 mph,” said Aaron Cook, a public health student at Yale. Meanwhile, pedestrians are trying to get to and from the Yale medical district and downtown.

“Think about it. If you put two and two together,” he said. “You have people in a hurry. They’re getting off the highway. They’re getting on the highway at very high speeds. You have students who are trying to get to class at all hours of the day, whether it be dark, snow, rainy, whatever. You put those two things together and make it difficult to see when you should and should not be crossing the street.

“This is a death zone.”

Visit http://www.newhavensafestreets.org/ to get involved in the campaign for a safer New Haven. Enough is enough!

Update: The man who was hit died from his injuries a few days later…

thought for the week

The Unite for Sight conference was an incredible experience. I’m exhausted from running from panel to panel all weekend, but feel like I learned a lot and have a lot to digest. I especially enjoyed the two talks by Joia Mukherjee, medical director at Partners in Health…and the talk today about liberation medicine…and the more “science-y” talks yesterday about genetic manipulation of mosquitoes and immune responses to parasites. I wish I’d gotten to talk to more of the 2,200 (!!) people in town for the conference, but I did meet some pretty cool people. Any one have any inspiring stories to share?

Here’s my thought for the week from the PHC Bulletin:

“I think they’ve changed my view from a fairly conservative and traditional view of how medicine should be practiced to a quite different one. And that’s really due to the fact that the transplant patients that I’ve treated have become members of what you might consider an extended family.

I came to believe — and perhaps I always believed this, but certainly it was reinforced — that medicine was a truly noble profession and that nobody should go into it without nobility of purpose. That [belief] in the long run had downstream effects in that I came to realize that in transplantation there was a kind of class filter through which ultimately when transplantation became self-sustaining economically, or even profitable, that it was much easier to get a transplant if you had a lot of money than if you were poor. So I came to be a strong advocate for health care for everybody.” -Dr. Thomas E. Starzl (one of the “fathers of transplantaion”)

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 mia.kanak@yale.edu 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 http://cira.med.yale.edu/events/yacs.html)

Crash Reminds Us of the Need for Safe Streets

A car crash yesterday into the home of alderwoman Erin Sturgis-Pascale reminds us of the need to make our streets safer. Alderwoman Strugis-Pascale has been one of the lead supporters of the New Haven Safe Street Coalition.

Sign up with the Yale Public Health AIDS Walk Team!

click here to our team webpage to sign up today!

and if you sign up by April 10, you’ll get a free Yale Public Health team t-shirt. Don’t miss out!
(e-mail questions to Lesley.park@yale.edu)