Athletics & Health
Athletics & Health Programs
Anatomy Teaching Program
Yale medical students and faculty teach an anatomy class to Hill Regional Career High School students. Juniors and seniors enrolled in Anatomy and Physiology courses visit the Yale Medical School twice per month to access the lab facilities. Lab activities range from observation of dissected cadavers to use of the slides and microscopes in the histology laboratories.
This mentor program matches Yale student-athletes with students from the Augusta Lewis Troup School. Mentors visit the school weekly to play games, help with homework and read books. In February, as one of many special events, students and mentors are invited to attend a Yale Men’s Basketball game in Payne Whitney Gym.
Bulldog Paws (Pediatrics Alliance with Student-Athletes) pairs Yale athletic teams with pediatric patients at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Various teams adopt a child as a new teammate and develop a bond of mutual support and friendship between the child and the team. The following teams are currently involved in Bulldog Paws: Women’s Ice Hockey, Softball, Women’s Basketball, Men’s Basketball, Football, Women’s Swimming and Diving, and Gymnastics.
CARE: Community Alliance for Research and Engagement
Established in 2007, CARE identifies solutions to New Haven’s health challenges through an approach known as community engaged research. CARE’s research tackles chronic disease by focusing on social, environmental, and behavioral risk factors. CARE is committed to rigorous scientific inquiry that is guided by, and provides direct benefits to, our neighborhoods, schools, and the wider New Haven community. CARE also conducts longitudinal intervention studies in New Haven neighborhoods and schools, including cohort studies and randomized trials that are designed to measure, better understand, and help reverse these trends.
For more information, visit CARE’s website.
Community Health Educators (CHE)
As members of CHE, Yale undergraduates write and teach a health curriculum composed of a series of workshops in local public high schools and middle schools, reaching more than 2,000 students in 24 New Haven public schools each academic year. Founded in 1999 in response to the absence of health education funding, CHE works with school administrators, teachers, and students to develop and teach discussion-based workshops that span the topics of Communication, Contraception, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Nutrition, Drugs and Alcohol, and Relationships and Abuse.
For more information, visit the CHE website.
Health Professionals Recruitment and Exposure Program (HPREP)
HPREP is a nationwide high school science enrichment program aimed at recruiting African-American, Native American, and Latino high school students into careers in the sciences and health professions. Each year, more than 30 New Haven high school students attend eight Saturday sessions run by Yale University minority medical students. Students participate in small group discussions on various health topics within medicine and public health. A special emphasis is placed on health issues disproportionately affecting minority communities.
Healthy Neighbors Program
Healthy Neighbors is a community partnership between the Yale health professions schools and the Church Street South housing development, focused on teaching health promotion and prevention, fostering a healthy environment, and empowering the youth at Church Street South. Volunteers provide daily after-school tutoring, weekly health education and wellness-focused activities, and seasonal health fairs.
For more information, visit the Healthy Neighbors Program website.
New Haven Tennis Outreach (NHTO)
New Haven Tennis Outreach (NHTO) is an after school program established through a partnership between the Yale Athletic Department and New HYTEs, a local tennis-based youth development nonprofit. Once per week, 41 local public school students in grades 1-5 come to Yale’s Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center after school for an hour of tennis instruction and an hour of tutoring. Students also participate in a summer program with tennis instruction in the morning and academic and life skills curriculum in the afternoon. Volunteers are comprised of players and coaches of the Yale varsity tennis teams as well members of the community.
Pathways Reproductive Physiology Day
Pathways high school students are invited to discover the science of reproduction with Yale Medical School Faculty. Students use microscopes to identify different cells of the reproductive tract, as well as learn the differences between human and other mammalian reproduction.
Pathways Summer Scholars Program
The Pathways Summer Scholars program brings 100 high school students from New Haven, West Haven, and Amity Public Schools to study science for two weeks on Yale’s campus. The goal is to prepare motivated and academically promising students for success in college and to strengthen their ability to pursue science majors and careers. Summer Scholars provides an intensive, hands-on science curriculum that emphasizes discovery, critical thinking, and problem solving. Rising seniors have the opportunity to live on campus during the program and engage in a variety of college prep enrichment activities. The curriculum is designed by Yale University faculty, graduate, and professional students, and teachers from local public schools. Yale students serve a vital role as teaching assistants and mentors.
Reproductive Health Education and Advocacy
Reproductive Health Education and Advocacy (RHEA) is a group founded by Yale School of Nursing students that works to engage with community health organizations in New Haven to support their efforts in providing perinatal services to women in our community. RHEA has an established relationship with New Haven Healthy Start and Polly T. McCabe School for pregnant students, and has recently developed a reproductive health/parenting curriculum for the New Haven community.
For more information, visit the Yale School of Nursing website.
Squash Haven provides individually directed academic enrichment, squash instruction, and high school and college placement to 100 New Haven public school students in fifth grade through high school. Through intensive tuition-free academic and squash sessions at Yale University, Squash Haven supports team members to achieve school success, physical fitness, athletic excellence, and access to compelling summer and academic opportunities.
For more information, visit the Squash Haven website.
Stem Mentors is a graduate student organization that aims to promote interest among female and underrepresented students in pursuing STEM careers. STEM Mentors connects students with college and graduate students at Yale pursuing STEM majors to challenge common misconceptions about the sciences and about the people who study them. STEM Mentors hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including a panel discussion on choosing the right college, a college application workshop, and a health sciences career fair.
Yale Athletics Youth Days
The Yale Athletics Department hosts four annual Youth Day events: Fall Youth Day at the Yale Bowl, Winter Youth Day, Yale Hockey Youth Day, and Spring Yale Olympic Youth Day. Youth Days are free and open to the public and draw hundreds of New Haven students to Yale’s campus for free sports clinics, free admission to a varsity event, and special prizes for participants.
Yale Community Rowing
Established in 1999, the Yale Community Rowing program now brings close to 900 students between the ages of ten and seventeen to Yale’s rowing facilities each summer for one week sessions ranging from the basic “Learn to Row” to more advanced programs for upper-middle and high school students. Programs are offered free of charge.
For more information, visit the Yale Community Athletics website.
Yale Swim New Haven
Every spring, volunteers from both the Yale men’s and women’s varsity swim teams lead weekly community swim lessons for New Haven youth.