Thousands of Winter Essentials (Socks, Shoes and Coats) Readied for Those in Need
Students are working to spread the warmth for those in need this winter season. Students the Yale School of Public Health, School of Nursing and Yale College came together Sunday (February 3) to prepare more than 200 winter coats donated by Macy’s, 2,500 pairs of socks from Bombas, and almost 800 pairs of shoes donated by Soles4Souls.
Student Spotlight - Elizabeth Lin
When Elizabeth Lin was in elementary school, news of over-population and housing shortages kindled a dream to be an engineer, building safe, energy- and cost-efficient high-rise buildings. In high school, Elizabeth participated in the Architecture, Construction, and Engineering Mentor Program (ACE) in Boston which helped her earn a 4-year scholarship to pursue a degree in civil and environmental engineering at UMass Amherst. Visiting relatives back in China one winter, she became deeply concerned about air quality, both indoors and out. Elizabeth started to wonder what she could do to help people understand air pollution and its impacts on their health and led her to work on personal exposure technology with Dr. Krystal Pollitt, who was then at UMASS Amherst.
Alumni Spotlight: Tracy George, M.P.H. ’15, Promoting Better Health Outcomes at Yale
As the director of the Yale Well Initiative and the Good Life Center (GLC), Tracy George is on the front lines with students struggling with emotional health issues. Located in Silliman College on central campus, the GLC is Yale’s first student wellness center open to all students. George saw the need for a space at Yale where students could concentrate on their emotional wellness and personal happiness as they navigate challenging course loads and a host of other stresses associated with college life and young adulthood.
YAA Q&A: Melia Bernal ’17, ’23 MSN/MPH knows life is a marathon, not a sprint
A year ago, Melia Bernal ’17, ’23 MSN/MPH underwent a life-saving liver transplant. During treatment, she focused on staying positive while her body healed. Once recovered, she decided to celebrate. For Bernal, that meant celebrating her physical and mental strength by running her first marathon — which just so happened to be the New York City Marathon, one of the largest running events in the world.
Alum’s app, DreamKit, rewards homeless youth for positive choices
While she was growing up in Los Angeles, Marina Marmolejo ’19 M.P.H. says the problem of homelessness seemed too big to address in a meaningful way. But when she came to New Haven to attend Yale School of Public Health and began working with local homelessness organizations, she saw an opportunity to make a difference.
Alumni Spotlight: Wilfred Agbenyikey Sc.D., M.P.H ’08
Wilfred Agbenyikey Sc.D., M.P.H ’08, works at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as part of a team of experts implementing a mandate from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid’s and the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality for a quality payment incentive program.