AYA Assembly LXXV: November 19-21, 2015


To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of Yale’s School of Public Health, this year’s Assembly will showcase the many ways in which the cause of better global health is being advanced at Yale through countless research studies, programs and initiatives.

Schedule of events


Wednesday 18 November

9 p.m.
–10:30 p.m.

Meet and Greet at the Temple Bar
Mory’s, 306 York Street

  • If you’re one of the many Delegates who wisely arrive in New Haven the night before Assembly begins, make Mory’s your first stop! At this no-host (cash bar) event, meet many of your fellow Delegates, members of the AYA Board of Governors, and new friends from all over the world.


Thursday 19 November

8 a.m.
–5 p.m.

Inside the main entrance of the
Sterling Hall of Medicine, 333 Cedar Street

  • Regardless of when you arrive, please stop by Registration first to pick up your name tag, meal assignments, admission tickets for various activities, and late-breaking information on schedule/venue changes. Free continental breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. outside the adjacent Harkness Auditorium, where our opening plenary session will be held.

9:15 a.m.

Opening Plenary Session (auditorium opens at 8:45 a.m.)
Harkness Auditorium, Sterling Hall of Medicine, 333 Cedar Street

  • Welcome
    Lise Chapman ’81 MBA
         Chair, AYA Board of Governors
  • Introduction to the Assembly
    Dr. Chris Walsh ’73 MD
         Co-Chair, Assembly LXXV
  • Introduction to “Yale and Public Health in the 21st Century”
    Jeannette Ickovics
         Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) and of Psychology

9:30 a.m.
–10:15 a.m.

Keynote I · “Solving Grand Challenges in Global Health”
Dr. Peter Singer ’90 MPH
     Chief Executive Officer of Grand Challenges Canada;
     Foreign Secretary, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

10:15 a.m.
–11 a.m.

Keynote II · “Innovation through Collaboration: Public Health at Yale”
Paul Cleary
     Dean, Yale School of Public Health

11 a.m.
–12 noon

Voices from the Front Line:
Future Leaders in Public Health

Five current masters’ and doctoral students at the Yale School of Public Health share their cutting-edge ideas and experience though brief presentations on their research and field activities.

Curated by Frank Grosso, Associate Dean for Student Affairs; Debbie Humphries, Clinical Instructor in Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases); and Catherine Yeckel, Associate Research Scientist in and Lecturer in Epidemiology (Environmental Health), all at the Yale School of Public Health.

  • Up in Smoke: How Marijuana Legalization Affects Us All
    Presented by Hannah G. Kaneck, a 2nd-year MPH student in Environmental Health Sciences
  • Khushi Baby: A Wearable Platform to Bridge the World’s Immunization Gap
    Presented by Ruchit Nagar ’15, currently in his final year of the BS/MPH program in Epidemiology of Microbial Disease
  • Building Creative Health Care Organizations for Quality Improvement
    Presented by Yuna Lee ’09 MPH (in Health Care Management), currently a PhD student in Health Policy and Management
  • Simplicity in Cargo Ships and Healthcare
    Presented by Alex Rich, who has an MBA and is currently a 1st-year MPH student in Health Care Management
  • Ebola, Math, Risk and Global Health Crises
    Presented by Laura Ann Skrip ’13 MPH (in Biostatistics), currently a PhD student in Epidemiology of Microbial Disease

12:15 p.m.
–1:30 p.m.

Various locations

1:45 p.m.
–2:45 p.m.


Faculty from the Yale School of Public health facilitate conversations with their colleagues, community partners and the audience on current issues in public health. Assembly participants should choose the session that interests them most.


  • The Next Epidemic: Will We Be Ready?
    Facilitator: Dr. Ted Cohen
         Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)
    • Jamie Childs
      Senior Research Scientist in Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases), Yale
    • Marc Lipsitch ’91
      Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Beyond Obamacare: Health Spending, Access and Quality after the Affordable Care Act
    Facilitator: Zack Cooper
         Assistant Professor of Public Health (Health Policy) and of Economics
    • Marna Borgstrom ’79 MPH
      President and CEO, Yale-New Haven Health System;
      Lecturer in Public Health (Health Policy), Yale
    • Jacob Hacker ’00 PhD
      Stanley B. Resor Professor of Political Science, Yale
    • Dr. Harlan Krumholz ’80
      Hines Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Professor in the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, of Investigative Medicine and of Public Health (Health Policy), Yale
  • Public Health Challenges in a Warmer World
    Facilitator: Durland Fish
         Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases);
         Professor Emeritus of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale
    • Dr. Robert Dubrow
      Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases), Yale
    • Anthony Leiserowitz
      Research Scientist, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
    • Virginia Pitzer
      Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases), Yale
    • Ronald Smith
      Damon Wells Professor of Geology and Geophysics and Professor of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale
  • Are Your Friends Making You Sick?
    Social Network Influences on Health

    Facilitator: Trace Kershaw
         Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)
    • Dr. Nicholas Christakis
      Sol Goldman Family Professor of Sociology and Professor in the Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies; Professor of Biomedical Engineering, of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and of Medicine (General Medicine), Yale
    • Forrest Crawford
      Assistant Professor of Public Health (Biostatistics) and of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale
    • Robert Heimer ’80 MS, ’88 PhD
      Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) and of Pharmacology, Yale; Director, Yale Emerging Infections Program
  • The Global Refugee Crisis: How Should We Respond?
    Facilitator: Kaveh Khoshnood ’89 MPH, ’95 PhD
         Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)
    • Dr. Aniyizhai Annamalai
      Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and of Medicine (General Medicine) and Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing, Yale; Director, Yale Adult Refugee Clinic
    • Chris George
      Executive Director, Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS)
    • Dr. Katherine McKenzie
      Director, Yale Center for Asylum Medicine; Assistant Professor of Medicine (General Medicine), Yale
    • Dr. Hani Mowafi
      Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Yale; Chief, Section of Global Health and International Emergency Medicine, Yale
  • What’s New about Old Age, Health and Society?
    Facilitator: Becca Levy
         Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)
         and of Psychology
    • Richard Bribiescas
      Professor of Anthropology and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Yale; Deputy Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity, Yale
    • Jack Kupferman
      Member, NGO Committee on Aging at the United Nations; Chair, Gray Panthers, New York City Network
    • Dr. Richard Marottoli ’80, ’84 MD, ’91 MPH
      Professor of Medicine (Geriatrics), Yale
  • Stigma, Racism and Health: Reducing Inequities to Benefit All
    Facilitator: John Pachankis
         Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)
    • Sarah Calabrese
      Associate Research Scientist in Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases), Yale
    • Jack Dovidio
      Hovland Professor of Psychology and Professor in the Institution for Social and Policy Studies and of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases), Yale
    • Danya Keene
      Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases), Yale
    • Dr. Marcella Nuñez Smith ’06 MHS
      Associate Professor of Medicine (General Medicine) and of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases), Yale
  • The Politics of Nutrition Policy
    Facilitator: Rafael Pérez-Escamilla
         Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)
    • Grace Damio
      Director of Research and Service Initiatives, Hispanic Health Council
    • Leah Ferrucci ’06 MPH, ’09 PhD
      Associate Research Scientist in Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases), Yale
    • Melinda Irwin
      Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Disease Epidemiology), Yale
    • Marlene Schwartz ’92 MS, ’96 PhD
      Director, Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, University of Connecticut
    • Gretchen Van Wye ’04 PhD
      Assistant Commissioner, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Vaccinations: Why All the Controversy?
    Facilitator: Melinda Pettigrew ’99 PhD
         Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)
    • Linda Niccolai
      Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases), Yale
    • Jason Schwartz
      Assistant Professor of Public Health (Health Policy) and in the History of Medicine, Yale
    • Dr. Marietta Vazquez ’90
      Associate Professor of Pediatrics (General Pediatrics) and of Nursing, Yale
    • Daniel Weinberger
      Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases), Yale
  • The Psychiatrist in the Supermarket:
    Providing Mental Health Services Where People Shop

    Facilitator: Megan Smith ’00 MPH
         Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Yale Child Study Center;
         Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)
    • Cerella Craig
      Research Assistant in Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine; Community Mental Health Ambassador, New Haven MOMS Partnership
    • Alice Forrester
      Executive Director, Clifford Beers Clinic
    • Joanne Goldblum
      Founder and Executive Director, National Diaper Bank Network

3 p.m.
–4 p.m.


Yale faculty members and community partners conduct participatory sessions for small groups on public health topics. Assembly participants should choose the session that interests them most.


  • The Art and Science of Arthropods at Yale
    Michael Anderson
         Museum Preparator, Yale Peabody Museum
    Geoffrey Attardo
         Research Scientist in Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)
    Leonard Munstermann
         Senior Research Scientist in Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases);
         Head Curator of Entomology, Yale Peabody Museum
    Brian Weiss
         Research Scientist and Lecturer in Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)

    • View larger-than-life models of blood-sucking parasites — including ticks, insects, and the most lethal animals in the world, malaria mosquitoes — sculpted by world-renowned artist Michael Anderson, best known for his giant bronze Torosaurus in front of the Yale Peabody Museum. Then tour and learn about the real thing at the Yale School of Public Health Insectary, where you will discuss global vector-borne diseases with research scientists.
  • Book Discussion: How Diseases Get Started
    Michael Bracken ’70 MPH, ’74 PhD
         Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) and
         Professor of Neurology and of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and
         Reproductive Sciences

  • Public Health Collections in the Yale Medical Library
    Melissa Grafe
         Librarian for Medical History

    • Participants are invited to a “hands-on” session in Yale’s Medical History Library, one of the finest in the world, exploring books, posters, pamphlets, scrapbooks and other materials related to public health at Yale and beyond.
  • Building a Destination Cancer Hospital
    Richard D’Aquila ’79 MPH
         President, Yale-New Haven Hospital;
         Lecturer in Public Health (Health Policy)

    Abe Lopman
         Senior Vice President, Operations, and Executive Director,
         Smilow Cancer Hospital

    • On a walking tour of the Smilow Cancer Hospital, learn more about the rapid process behind establishing this top National Cancer Institute–designated cancer center, including cutting-edge research, clinical trials, patient-centered care delivery, and building architecture designed to foster multidisciplinary collaboration.
  • Community Connections: Urban Greening and Public Health
    Colleen Murphy-Dunning
         Director, Urban Resources Initiative; Program Director, Hixon Center
         for Urban Ecology, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
    Christopher Ozyck
         Community Greenspace Manager, Yale School of Forestry and
         Environmental Studies; Associate Director, Urban Resources Initiative
    Evelyn Rodriguez
         Volunteer, Urban Resources Initiative
    Betty Thompson
         Board Member, Urban Resources Initiative

    • Long-term community volunteers Betty Thompson and Evelyn Rodriguez and URI Associate Director Chris Ozyck will share how their experience of participating in the URI at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies has positively affected both their personal health and their community. Join this interactive discussion about how to engage under-served populations in community greening interventions.
  • What Can Art Teach Us about Public Health?
    Linda Honan ’89 MSN
         Associate Professor of Nursing
    Linda Friedlaender
         Lecturer in Dermatology

    • An examination of selected works in the Yale University Art Gallery (shown in slides, in a classroom presentation) that depict scenes or situations related to public health.
  • Being Well at Yale, and Beyond
    Lisa Kimmel
         Program Manager, Yale Wellness
    Tracy George ’15 MPH
         Health Educator, StudentWellness

    • A session highlighting Yale’s employee and student wellness programs and their efforts to create a culture in which wellness is a core value in priorities such as tobacco cessation, physical activity, nutrition, weight management and stress management. Includes a visit to the spectacular new Yale Health Center, which serves students, faculty and staff.
  • Public Health in New Haven: A Walking Tour
    Doug Hausladen ’04
         Director, Transportation Department, City of New Haven
    Alycia Santilli
         Research Associate, Chronic Diseases, Yale School of Medicine;
         Director, Community Initiatives, Yale University

    • An eye-opening walking tour of selected sites in downtown New Haven related to the city’s efforts to keep its citizens healthy. The tour will focus on the built environment, recent “Complete Streets” legislation, New Haven’s walk and bike culture, and more. Comfortable shoes recommended, as there will be a good bit of walking.
  • The Managerial Side of Public Health
    Jessica Faville
         Class of 2016 student in the Accelerated MPH/MBA program
    Udani Kadurugamuwa
         Class of 2016 student in the Accelerated MPH/MBA program
    Ingrid Nembhard ’97
         Ira V. Hiscock Associate Professor of Public Health (Health Policy);
         Associate Professor of Management
    Divya Srinivasan
         Class of 2016 student in the Accelerated MPH/MBA program

    • Learn how one of our Yale’s newest joint degree programs, a collaboration between the Schools of Public Health and Management, is training the next generation of business leaders in health care and health management. Includes a walking tour of Evans Hall, the architecturally stunning new home of the Yale School of Management designed by Lord Norman Foster ’62 MArch, which opened last year.
  • Still Sharing Their Wisdom: Yale’s 500 Brains
    Terry Dagradi
         Coordinator, Cushing Center, Yale Medical Library
    Judith Lichtman ’88 MPH ’96 PhD
         Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

    • A tour one of Yale’s best-kept secrets: an exhibition of more than 500 brains, meticulously protected and documented by Dr. Harvey Cushing (Yale College 1895), a pioneer in neurosurgery.

4:30 p.m.
–5:15 p.m.

Closing Plenary: “What You Can Do to Advance Public Health”
Yale School of Medicine, 333 Cedar Street

Marta Moret ’84 MPH
     President, Urban Policy Strategies LLC

     Introduced by Beth Cheney ’89 MSN, Co-Chair, Assembly LXXV

6:15 p.m.

Yale Medal Dinner Reception

7:15 p.m.

Yale Medal Dinner
Commons at the Schwarzman Center, corner of Grove and College

  • Every year since 1952, the Yale Medal has been conferred to honor outstanding individual service to the University. This year’s recipients reflect the range of service and leadership the AYA strives to recognize with this award. We honor the remarkable contributions of the Medalists and the ways they have chosen to give back to our community of scholars and friends.



Friday 20 November


If you did not register yesterday, please check in first at Rose Alumni House, 232 York Street, no matter what time you arrive, to receive your name badge and packet of materials before rejoining the Assembly program in progress. Registration will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.

8 a.m.
–8:45 a.m.

A Conversation with Deputy Provost Stephanie Spangler

Join Dr. Spangler, Yale’s Title IX coordinator, for a discussion of the university’s progress in recent years on campus climate, sexual misconduct and related issues. In light of the recently released Association of American Universities (AAU) report, she will share updates on Yale’s plans to further strengthen response, prevention and educational programs for the campus community.

9 a.m.
–11 a.m.

Workshops and Board Meetings

Attendees will engage with fellow alumni leaders for that constituency and/or activity to discuss topics of mutual concern. In addition, meetings will be held for task forces and boards, as listed below. (Select one session.)

  • Yale College Class Leadership
  • Yale Clubs and Associations
  • Major Cities & Shared Identity/Interest Groups (SIGs)
  • Graduate School Alumni Association, Annual Fall Meeting (Part I)
  • Professional Schools
  • Admissions (ASC) Update / Yale Alumni Schools Ambassadors
11:15 a.m.
–11:45 p.m.

Assembly Plenary:
AYA Celebration of Alumni Volunteers

AYA Board Chair Lise Chapman ’81 MBA and Vice President for Alumni Affairs & Development Joan O’Neill will welcome Assembly attendees, followed by a multimedia update on AYA and alumni organizations since the last Assembly.


11:45 a.m.
–12:45 p.m.

Assembly Plenary:
Campus Community Update

President Peter Salovey ’83 MS, ’86 PhD and Yale College Dean Jonathan Holloway ’91 MA, ’95 PhD will update the Assembly on recent campus events and how the university is responding to both student concerns and issues of diversity and inclusion in the Yale community.


1 p.m.
–2:30 p.m.

Assembly LXXV Lunch
Commons at the Schwarzman Center, corner of Grove and College

At lunch, we will present the 4th annual Yale-Jefferson Awards, an alumni honor sponsored by Students and Alumni of Yale (STAY), given to recognize those who inspire others in the Yale community through innovative, outstanding and sustained contributions of service to the greater good.

  • Following the luncheon program, attendees will have the opportunity for small group discussion at each table on the issues introduced by President Salovey and Dean Holloway in this morning’s plenary. “Thought questions” and discussion agendas will be provided.

2:45 p.m.
–3:45 p.m.

Info on Alumni Programs (Session I)

These sessions will provide an opportunity for Assembly attendees to learn more about current AYA programs and to provide input on new initiatives. Session presenters will offer an overview and/or annual report and include time for Q&A, as well as information on how to get involved. Sessions will be offered in two time slots — Session II, listed below, will be held in the afternoon — so you will have an opportunity to hear from two different groups.

  • Final details will be available at Assembly. As a preview, sessions will be offered on the search for AYA’s next Executive Director; an introduction to service on the AYA Board of Governors and other volunteer opportunities through AYA; and the new online Yale Career Network.


4 p.m.
–5 p.m.

Info on Alumni Programs (Session II)

A second opportunity to learn more about AYA programs and to provide input on new initiatives. The selection of sessions will be similar to those offered earlier.

5:30 p.m.
–7 p.m.

Volunteer Leadership Awards Reception
Presidents’ Room, 2nd Floor, Memorial Hall


  • Join us for a wine and beer reception with hors d’oeuvres to celebrate the presentation of this year’s AYA Leadership Awards for Volunteer Innovation and Service, the AYA Board of Governors Excellence Awards for alumni groups and programs, and Undergraduate Admissions’ Awards for Alumni Schools Committee service. Together we will congratulate these outstanding volunteers and groups for their efforts on behalf of Yale and their communities.

7 p.m.

Dinner on your own

  • Many Classes, Clubs, SIGs and other constituencies are planning their own by-invitation dinners, cocktail receptions and other events this evening. If you’re free, this will be your opportunity to try one of the many fantastic restaurants downtown that have given New Haven its reputation as a destination for “foodies.”



Saturday 21 November

12 noon
–2:30 p.m.

Pre-Game AYA Hospitality Tent
Near Portal 17 on the west side of the Yale Bowl

  • Join your friends at the popular “AYA Alumni Village.” This free reception for all Yale alumni and their guests provides a place to meet up with classmates and others before going to the game. There will be free food and refreshments.

2:30 p.m.

Football: Yale vs. Harvard
Yale Bowl

  • Assembly delegates, ex-officio delegates and other AYA-authorized invitees from AYA constituencies may request up to two free tickets to the game when they preregister for Assembly, and may order additional tickets at the time of registration. (All others should purchase their tickets directly from Yale Athletics.) Those who preregister via the on-line Assembly registration form will find their tickets in their welcome packets when they check in at registration.

    Note: Tickets furnished by the AYA do not include parking passes, which must be purchased separately from Yale Athletics. If you contact them, be sure to mention that you are getting your football tickets through the AYA Assembly, since otherwise Yale Athletics will sell parking passes only to those who buy game tickets from them.