Dear Project Access-New Haven (PA-NH) Community,
How time flies! I hope you are all enjoying the longer summer days and staying cool!
In this edition of our newsletter, I am excited to share highlights of our continued efforts to
serve our community and provide access to medical care and health-related social services for those in need. I am also pleased to introduce you to new members of our staff and board of directors. Welcome to PA-NH!
Our work would not be possible without our incredible partners and donors. I am also pleased to report that PA-NH raised over $17,600 through the Great Give 2023, a 36-hour online fundraising event that occurred in May. Thank you for supporting our mission!
This summer, we are having an ice cream social & fundraiser on July 26th at the Shore Line Trolley Museum. Please see below for more information about the event and to RSVP. Hope to see you there!
Lastly, I hope you will take a few minutes to review our 2020-2022 Community Report,
which is linked below and available on our website, which highlighted our work during the
past three years.
Wishing you all a blessed, healthy, and bright summer season,
Giselle Carlotta-McDonald, MBA
2020-2022 COMMUNITY REPORT
We are pleased to share our 2020-2022 Community Report, which highlights the many ways in which PA-NH has supported the health and social needs of Greater New Haven residents during the past three years. CLICK HERE to view the full report on our website or email us at email@example.com for a printed copy.
PA-NH AT THE ARBOLES FAMILIARES BOOSTER CONFERENCE WASHINGTON D.C.
PA-NH staff Millie Landock and Haydee Hernandez completed the ÁRBOLES Familiares ( Assessing Risk of Breast Cancer through Outreach to Latinas with Education and Support) training program, a 16-week course that aims to educate bilingual community health workers, educators, and patient navigators working with Latina women in the community.
PA-NH COMMUNITY OUTREACH IN GREATER NEW HAVEN
We have been taking advantage of the warm weather and sunshine! This summer, we have done outreach at several community events. Follow us on social media to find out where we’ll be next!
THANK YOU for helping to make the Great Give 2023 a success! PA-NH raised over $17,000 to support our mission of increasing access to medical care and services for underserved Greater New Haven residents.
PA-NH COMPETES FOR $1 MILLION
In June, PA-NH responded to an “open call” for community-focused nonprofits to apply for $1 million from Mackenzie Scott’s charitable giving organization, Yield Giving. We are pleased to report that we have advanced to the second round of review. During the next several weeks, we will join other applicants in an extensive participatory review process that will determine 1,000 finalists. Review our submission and WISH US LUCK!
THE TOM FICKLIN SHOW TALKS FOOD INSECURITY
In case you missed it… On May 19, Yamira Ramirez was a guest of the Tom Ficklin Show on WNHH.org along with community partners and colleagues to discuss all things “Food Insecurity” Click above to have a listen!
WELCOME MARILYN RODRIGUEZ TO THE PA-NH TEAM
Marilyn Rodriguez joined Project Access New Haven in June 2023 as a Bilingual Patient Navigator. Prior to joining our team, Marilyn worked as a paraprofessional for the New Haven Board of Education for 17 years, and she was a Business Associate for Yale New Haven Health for 7 years. Marilyn is fully bilingual in Spanish and English, and she loves to bake, garden, shop and travel. Welcome Marilyn!
WELCOME DR. ABA BLACK MD TO THE PA-NH BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dr. Aba Black, MD, MHS is Vice Chief for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion for Yale University’s Section of General Internal Medicine. She also serves as an Associate Program Director for the Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency program. Dr. Black earned her bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and went on receive her MD degree from the University of Rochester. She completed her residency at the Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine Program, where she served as chief resident before joining the faculty. She then went on to obtain a master’s degree in medical education at Yale. Clinically, she works as a general internist in a primary care partnership between Yale and a local federally qualified health center. Her leadership roles focus on equitable care for underserved patients, promoting workplace cultures that represent inclusive excellence, and optimizing initiatives that enhance diverse recruitment and retention.
WELCOME ERIK CLEMONS TO THE PA-NH BOARD OF DIRECTORS
WELCOME DR. ERIC K. HOLDER MD TO THE PA-NH BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dr. Holder is board-certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), also known as Physiatry. He completed his PM&R training at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Systems in Philadelphia, where he also served as Administrative Chief Resident. Thereafter, he completed a fellowship in Interventional Spine and Sports Medicine at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. He is also a certified diplomate of Lifestyle Medicine (DipABLM). Since completion of his training, he has practiced at the Yale Medicine/Yale New Haven Hospital. He currently serves as the Physiatry Clinical Lead at the Yale Spine Center and Co-Director of Outpatient Physiatry. He is an active member of the Spine Intervention Society serving on the Membership Committee and Patient Safety Committee. He is also an active member of the North American Spine Society serving on the Interdisciplinary Spine Committee. He has been very active in medical student education since joining Yale University and finds this to be very rewarding. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, listening to an interesting podcast, reading, exercising and traveling.
WELCOME ELLEN MESSALI TO THE PA-NH BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Ellen Messali is an Immigration Staff Attorney at New Haven Legal Assistance (NHLAA), representing individuals seeking humanitarian relief from removal to their home countries. She served as a Visiting Clinical Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School, co-teaching NHLAA’s Gender Violence Clinic from 2017-2019. She began working at New Haven Legal Assistance, doing family and immigration work, in August 2016. Prior to coming to NHLAA, Ellen worked as the staff attorney for the Survivor Services Program at the Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants (formerly the International Institute of Connecticut) for nearly four years. There, she represented torture survivors in their applications for asylum, and other humanitarian relief, and represented survivors with U Visa and VAWA Petitions. Before beginning her work at the Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants, Ms. Messali served as a civil clerk at Waterbury Superior Court for the Honorable Wilson Trombley, and as a family clerk at Milford Superior Court for the Honorable Robert Malone. She holds a BS in Legal Studies and Political Science from Roger Williams University, and a Juris Doctor and Human Rights Certificate from University of Connecticut School of Law
PARTNER SPOTLIGHT: HAVENLY
Learn more about Havenly this amazing nonprofit and their two flagship programs that help refugee and immigrant women through job training, education, and organizing.
JOIN US AT THE FOLLOWING EVENTS
We are hosting a fundraiser event & ice cream social at the Shore Line Trolley Museum, Wednesday, July 26th from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.