Student Groups

Yale International Nursing Group

The Yale International Nursing Group (YING) is a forum where all Yale nursing students interested in international health can join in discussions related to the role of nursing in global healthcare and work with like-minded students to explore opportunities to practice nursing internationally while at YSN and beyond. YING members are dedicated to the integration of global health into the YSN curriculum, organizing events related to nursing and global health, accessing international opportunities through Yale University as a whole, and forming of a community of YSN students, faculty, and alumni participating in global work. This group meets about once every month for general discussion and project organization, committees meet as-needed to plan activities, and a subset of students also meets once monthly for journal article discussions.

Contact: Meghan McClain ‘17 and Angela Alfano ‘18

Rural Health Interest Group

The Rural Health Interest Group (RHIG) is a health professions-wide group for students interested in rural health, mostly in the U.S. but globally, as well. In the past RHIG has organized journal club meetings related to rural health and a two-week alternative spring break road trip focused on rural health in the southeastern U.S.

Nursing Students for Sexual and Reproductive Health

Nursing Students for Sexual and Reproductive Health (NSSRH) is a national grassroots organization dedicated to providing nursing students with the education, tools, and resources necessary to become social change agents within the healthcare system as it relates to sexual and reproductive justice. The Yale NSSRH chapter focuses on reproductive health events, training, and advocacy at YSN, as well as collaborations with other reproductive justice groups at Yale. NSSRH at YSN also supports the Yale Doula Project, a volunteer abortion doula organization serving the New Haven area. 

Co-Leaders: Rosalie Elkinton ‘19, Monique Morales ‘19, Marisa Poverman ‘19, Jasmine Verret ‘19, Lauren Waski ‘19, Sabrina Zionts ‘19

Institute for Healthcare Improvement

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Open School for Health Professions is an inter-professional educational community that gives students the skills to become change agents in health care improvement. The Yale Chapter of IHI Open School serves to bring this community to Yale Health Professions Schools while partnering with the Yale-New Haven Health System. Through thought-provoking lectures on quality improvement and patient safety, students can gain awareness about important issues that will have real implications for patient outcomes in clinical years. Due to IHI’s recent partnership with YNHH, students can also participate in quality improvement projects or sit on committees that set priorities for quality improvement and patient safety. In addition, they will be paired with a mentor at YNHH, who will help guide their interests and assist with research projects.

HAVEN Free Clinic

HAVEN Free Clinic is a student-run health clinic partnered with Fair Haven Community Health Center (FHCHC) and Yale University. The mission of the HAVEN Free Clinic is twofold: 1) To serve as a sustainable free clinic that provides uninsured adults in the Fair Haven neighborhood with primary care, wellness education, and assistance in securing health care;  2) To educate Yale health professional students about primary care and the value of working in health care teams; to allow students to gain experience in community health; and to expose students to the challenges of managing patient care with limited resources. Patients are seen by teams of senior and junior students from the schools of Nursing, Medicine, and/or Physician Associate program with guidance from faculty preceptors. Volunteering at HAVEN provides a unique opportunity to work with health professions students from other disciplines in a clinical setting. Our programs are targeted to Fair Haven residents and are supported entirely by donations of time, services and dollars.  HAVEN operates on Saturdays from 9 am-12 pm. Volunteer positions include pharmacy, Spanish/English interpretation, education, patient services, social services, and junior/senior clinical team members. Please see our website or contact us for the most up to date information.


Yale Health Screening @ the Downtown Soup Kitchen

Yale Health Screening (YHS) @ the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen (DESK) is a student-run volunteer group that offers free hypertension and diabetes screening in conjunction with DESK in New Haven, CT. DESK provides free, nutritious meals for homeless individuals, families, and the working and non-working poor of the Greater New Haven area. In addition to screenings, YHS @ DESK volunteers educate on hypertension and diabetes management, distribute hygiene supplies, and provide information on how to obtain low-cost primary care in New Haven. YHS @ DESK volunteers are students from YSN, Yale Medical School, Yale School of Public Health, and the PA Program. We operate at DESK on Sunday from 4:30pm – 5:30pm, Monday through Thursday from 5:30pm – 6:30pm, and on Saturday from 1:00pm – 4:00pm at the New Haven Public Library.

Leaders: Sara Stevenson, YSN; Jonathan Park, YSMZainab AslamYSPH

Healthy Neighbors

Healthy Neighbors is a community partnership developed by the residents of the Church St South Apts (CSS) and students at the Yale School of Nursing (YSN) and Yale health professional schools to foster a healthy environment for youth, teach health promotion and prevention, and build a sustainable relationship between Yale healthcare professionals and the community. The program has three components: 1. Community-wide Health Events (quarterly) 2. After-School Youth Tutoring/Activities Program (weekly – 4 days a week, an hour a day (3 to 4pm) during the school year) 3. Youth Mentoring Program (on-going) [in development] Our Mission is “To promote the healthy growth and development of the youth of Church Street South Apartments and New Haven’s Hill Area through engagement and empowerment, and to foster a lasting partnership between the Yale Health Campus and its’ surrounding community.”

Leaders: Caitlin Paul, Angela Julian, Whitney Osborn

Minority Student Nursing (MSN)

Minority Student Nurses (MSN) is a student organization that aims to 1) examine the intersections of race/ethnicity with class, gender, and citizenship within health, social service, and practice settings, 2) foster opportunities for meaningful collaboration, support and participation with minority and disadvantaged professional health students across the Yale campus, and 3) encourage a wider representation of accepted students into YSN and into the Nurse Practitioner and Certified Nurse Midwife field. MSN provides support, guidance, and community for nursing students belonging to underrepresented and marginalized populations. MSN contributes to the enrichment of students through providing professional development opportunities for minority students, and giving voice to issues affecting the student body, faculty, and staff. In collaboration with other campus organizations, MSN aims to increase diversity and create safe spaces within the student body, as well as among faculty and staff. MSN endorses the demands put forth by NextYSN.

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Leaders: Nancy Pham & Fanta Bayoh

Not Otherwise Specified (NOS)

Not Otherwise Specified (NOS) is a student group dedicated to improving the experience of and bettering curriculum regarding the health of people with underrepresented gender and sexual identities. NOS aims to build community and support the survival, scholarship, and leadership of these individuals, especially those with multiple underrepresented identities. We aim to collaborate with community, student, and staff organizations to support gender, sexual, and other underrepresented students and promote diverse educational experiences at YSN and beyond. We stand in solidarity with other groups working towards equity and justice such as NextYSN, Nursing Students for Sexual and Reproductive Health, and Minority Student Nurses.


Contact Name: Kate Scully-Ortega