School of nursing

Dean pens Lancet article on HIV epidemic

LaRon Nelson, associate dean for global affairs and planetary health and acting associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion, recently authored an article for the Lancet journals series HIV in the USA. Although the biggest funder of HIV research and programs, the US is the only high-income country among the top ten most HIV-affected in the world. Nelson’s article points out the importance of educating health providers to address the specific needs of men who have sex with men.

Students, faculty fight COVID-19 on the front lines

From the beginning of the SARS-CoV-2 global pandemic, the YSN community has been on the front lines. Yale Nursing students, faculty, staff, and alumni share a desire to help people and to make a difference in the world right now. Dozens of students answer calls on the campus COVID-19 Resource Line, and nearly 100 are administering vaccines at the Lanman Center on Yale’s main campus. Weeks of work by a staff team in the summer of 2020 to prep the school’s next-door neighbor, Building 410, for the fall semester helped lay the groundwork for a mass-vaccination site with Yale New Haven Health. YSN faculty conduct research and teach while also providing skilled care to patients in their clinical practice, as so many alumni do. 

Thousands enroll in YSN online course

Five thousand online learners from around the world have made YSN’s inaugural Coursera course a tremendous success. Global Quality Maternal and Newborn Care was designed by Dr. Michelle Telfer and Dr. Joan Combellick ’91MSN for health administrators, policy makers, clinicians, and advocates. The self-paced, 18-hour class is based on a landmark 2014 Lancet series coauthored by Helen Varney Professor of Midwifery Holly Powell Kennedy, outlining the evidence base that midwifery saves lives. Nearly 13,000 learners have viewed the course, which teaches the key elements to reduce mother and baby preventable deaths and promote healthy births.

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