1stGen Yale Alumni: Blazing the Trail – Being the First


stGenYale is an emerging SIG whose mission is to celebrate and support the experiences of alumni who were the first in their families and/or from underserved backgrounds to graduate from college or graduate school. By sharing our stories, we want to support fellow alumni and help current students take advantage of Yale’s resources for a successful future.


Join us at our inaugural conference to share your story of being a trailblazer! Program highlights include leading alumni keynotes, faculty discussions, alumni career panels, networking with current students, seeing old friends and making new ones, and much more!

Register here: Program Highlights & Registration


For more information on 1stGenYale, please visit our website at 1stgenyale.org or email 1stgenyale@gmail.com.

Yale leads largest-ever collaboration to educate health workers in Rwanda

Dr. Andre Sofair, a professor of medicine at Yale, observing a Rwandan resident examining a patient.

Dr. Grace Igiraneza was in her second year of residency at the University of Rwanda when things started to change. Staffing on the wards increased as doctors from Yale and other American medical schools arrived to take on clinical and teaching duties.

We had dedicated physicians in Rwanda, but the clinical workload and education activities were conflicting,” Igiraneza said. “When Yale came on board it became easier for residents to learn because we had more physicians. You need a mentor who is there day to day to help train you in clinical reasoning and see how you examine patients.”

In addition to more supervision on the wards, Igiraneza said, improvements included the introduction of journal clubs and evidence-based medicine, as well as mentorship in clinical research.


Minja brings better medical imaging technology to homeland of Tanzania

Dr. Frank Minja, M.D.

Most people, at some point in their lives, have had an x-ray. It’s a common practice. In fact, today at Yale-New Haven Hospital alone, every year more than 70 radiologists perform more than one million x-ray, ultrasound, CT and MRI imaging studies to diagnose and monitor the treatment of various health conditions for more than 500,000 people. Typically, once an image is taken, it is digitized and can be immediately shared electronically with the patient’s general practitioner and other medical specialists, enabling them to make a quick diagnosis and provide care in a timely manner.

In many countries, however, operating an effective medical imaging program is much more challenging. Many imaging programs worldwide still use hard-copy film, which is expensive, frequently in short supply, and not as easily and quickly shared as digitized images.



Alternative Vaccination Strategy for Meningitis in Africa Found to be Effective, Economical

Alternative Vaccination Strategy for Meningitis in Africa

In sub-Saharan Africa, meningococcal meningitis continues to pose a serious health threat, with sporadic epidemics resulting in some 30,000 cases each year. While all people are susceptible, young children are at the highest risk, and over 50 percent of those infected will die if not diagnosed and treated.

An international team of scientists led by Reza Yaesoubi, Ph.D., assistant professor at the Yale School of Public Health, created a novel mathematical model of meningococcal epidemics in Burkina Faso that allowed them to compare several different meningococcal vaccination strategies in terms of their estimated costs and expected health outcomes.


Russia-Turkey-Iran Triangle: Economic Interests Are Paramount

Turkey, often shuffling positons based on immediate geopolitical and economic interests, now enjoys close ties with Russia and Iran
Diplomatic talks among Syrian parties sponsored by Russia, Iran and Turkey are underway in Sochi. Turkey’s leadership promoted the notion during the 2011 Arab Spring protests that the country could be a democratic model for other Muslim nations. But the country of 80 million people lacks natural gas or oil resources. “Its main sources of gas are Russia and Iran, contributing respectively 60 and 30 percent of the total, with the rest coming from Azerbaijan,” explains author and historian Dilip Hiro. Turkey, a NATO member, sides with surrounding powers based on geopolitical and economic interests. For now, Turkey, Russia and Iran share agreement on multiple fronts: Russia is constructing a new gas pipeline to deliver energy to Turkey and southern Europe. After a failed 2016 coup in Turkey, Russia’s president supported the hardline Turkish response. Russia likewise supported Turkish concerns about the Kurdish fighters in Syria. Turkey switched sides in the war, joining Russia and Iran, and supports peace negotiations that prioritize stability and maintain the Assad regime while targeting the US-backed Kurds. Likewise, Turkey once opposed Iran’s intervention in Yemen, but Iran’s leader also supported the Turkish president after the coup attempt. – YaleGlobal

YANA Europe Chapter just launched!

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We launched YANA in 2011 with an ambitious vision that united and motivated all of us: to organize and leverage the collective power of Yale’s nonprofit alumni network for the greater social good.

YANA has just launched in Europe!  To get involved, please contact the co-chairs below.

Tomas Nordberg, MA ’01 (Stockholm, Sweden) and Thatcher Shellaby ’70 (Nyon, Switzerland)