School of nursing

School Notes: School of Nursing
January/February 2022

Gift honors nursing pioneer

Roger Lee ’94 has made a gift of $5 million to YSN to honor the legacy of his mother, a nursing pioneer. Gayle Lee founded the Cancer Support Team, one of the earliest hospice programs in the country. Gayle Lee’s work matches YSN’s expertise in this area, as former YSN dean Florence S. Wald brought the first hospice model to the United States in 1974. The gift’s blend of endowment and vital current-use funds will support online education, faculty teaching, and research (especially as it relates to palliative care), and the dean’s discretionary fund. This is Lee’s first gift to YSN and one of the largest Yale College alumni gifts in the school’s history.

Study addresses racial inequities in HIV

Professor LaRon Nelson is leading a $7 million study funded by the National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases at NIH to address disparities in HIV among Black men who have sex with men, by studying the effects of a multi-level intervention to address intersecting social and structural barriers that impede population-level reductions in the rates of new HIV infections. The pilot study launched this summer, in the same year that marks four decades since HIV/AIDS was first identified.

An insomnia intervention for Black women

With a grant from Women’s Health Research at Yale, Associate Professor Soohyun Nam is testing an evidence-based stress-reduction intervention for insomnia that has shown potential for addressing the underlying causes of sleep difficulty in a manner culturally sensitive to the needs of Black women. Nam’s approach uses a mindfulness-based therapy for insomnia (MBTI), an eight-week group therapy program in which participants gain strategies to manage stress responses. 

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