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Focus: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

Special Edition

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From the Dean
New Publication Focuses on Issues in Public Health

What’s Happening at the Yale School of Public Health

  • YSPH Recognized for Helping Arts During Pandemic
  • YSPH Student Wins Global Competition
  • Online M.P.H. Program Receives Significant Gift
  • YSPH Alum Pursuing Novel COVID-19, Cancer Treatments
  • New Administrator Supports Dean’s Office and Office of DEIB
  • Alumni Appointed to Top Posts in Taiwan

COVID-19 Timeline
Yale School of Public Health Responds to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Issue

Inspiring stories from members of our diverse YSPH community, highlighting their personal journeys, passion projects, and feelings about the importance of DEIB and racial equity.

Some of the Yale School of Public Health’s most intriguing individuals share their knowledge, insights, and perspectives with Focus.

  • Skyler Jackson, Ph.D.
    On the Challenge of Building Diversity and Equity
  • John Ndikum, M.D., M.P.H. ’18
    On the Arts & Public Health
  • Katie Wang, Ph.D.
    On the Health Consequences of Stigma
  • Ilana Seager Van Dyk, Ph.D.
    On the Mental Health of LGBTQ Children and Adolescents

The Roundtable is a place where Yale School of Public Health community members introduce themselves, their work, and their passion projects. In this issue, we feature representatives of YSPH Affinity Groups and our three Diversity Ambassadors.

  • Global Alliance for Public Health
  • Emerging Majority Students Association
  • REPROJustice
  • Womxn of Color for Maternal & Child Health
  • Out in Public
  • YSPH Diversity Ambassadors

Student Spotlights
We invite you to learn more about some of our students and their innovative and passionate pursuits in public health.

  • Shannon Whittaker, Ph.D. candidate
    From Screenplays to Science Research, She’s Writing Her Own Story
  • Emmanuella Asabor, M.D.-Ph.D. candidate
    Exposing the Fault Lines of Racial Inequity Through Pandemic Research
  • Crystal Harrell, Ph.D. candidate
    Author, Lieutenant, Researcher, Scholar: Finding Success at YSPH
  • Joanna Chen, M.P.H. ’21
    Fitting in at YSPH: From China to New Haven
  • Anthony Maiolatesi, Ph.D. candidate
    Early Experiences Motivate Research on LGBTQ Mental Health
  • Madeline Nguyen, M.P.H. ’21
    Bringing a Race Perspective to Maternal Health
  • Mata’uitafa Solomona-Faiai, Ph.D. candidate
    Improving Maternal Health Half a World Away
  • Jessica Ainooson, M.P.H. ’22
    A Helping Hand for New Haven Health

Giving Back
Many of the school’s most significant accomplishments and current projects have been supported by donors committed to improving the well-being of communities worldwide.

  • 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, inclusion, and belonging receive a substantial boost with a generous donation from Dr. Pilar Vargas and her husband, Dean Sten H. Vermund.