Patient Partner Opportunities

At Yale Health we know that you, our patients, know us best. Your insight and perspective is invaluable to us. We hope that you will consider applying to join us as we work together for a better Yale Health. There are opportunities to become a member of our Patient & Family Council or to become a “patient partner” on one of our project work groups.

The purpose of the Patient & Family Council is to be a resource for Yale Health in matters pertaining to the relationship between patients, patients’ families, and Yale Health staff and operations. The council members work together, at the request of Yale Health leadership, to promote, review and advise on operational processes and programs that address the needs of patients and families.

The council also facilitates discussion regarding health care services within the context of Yale Health and the greater health care environment. Patients and family members also have an advisory role in providing feedback on relevant projects undertaken by Yale Health.

The goals of the Patient & Family Council are:

  1. To promote the principles of patient-provider partnership and patient/family-centered care at Yale Health

  2. To provide and communicate the unique perspective of the patient and family to the clinical and administrative leaders and staff at Yale Health

  3. To provide advice, consultation, evaluation and recommendations, when solicited, regarding programs, educational efforts, and operational initiatives that affect patients and families at Yale

The council plans on evening meetings five to six times during the year (September-June) and is asking anyone who is interested to commit to attending at least four meetings. 

The Patient & Family Council is open to Yale staff & faculty who are Yale Health members and their family members who are Yale Health members. We are working to develop alternate advisory groups specifically for Yale students.

Submit an application.

Yale Health Patient & Family Council 2017-2018

Pamela Bloomfield

Yale University affiliation: Student Services Coordinator, Yale School of Divinity

Pamela is a co-chair of the Working Women’s Network Mentoring Committee. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and an MA. Ed. degree in Education. With a background in teaching, Pamela has always been passionate about mentoring students and channeling them to invigorating experiences in their personal and professional careers. Her interests lie in diversification of resources for patients and supporting their needs. Pam enjoys traveling, spending time with her family, and working on her first book.

Yale Health member since 1993

Ann Crowley

Yale University Affiliation: Spouse of a retired employee

Ann brings 45 years of Yale Health membership to the Patient & Family Council and is excited to bring her perspective to help better the experience of all Yale Health members. She hopes to make the experience of all members one where they find Yale Health to be a great resource for all of their medical needs.

Yale Health member since 1972

Nandi Cummings        

Yale University affiliation: Senior Administrative Assistant, Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration

Nandi is a member of Yale Sustainability Leaders and currently pursuing a master’s degree in Management and Organizational Leadership.  She is interested in educating Yale Health members about plan design and the benefits that Yale Health offers.  She enjoys gardening, the company of her three dogs and her husband along with her son’s gymnastics.  

Yale Health member since 2013


Frederick DePourcq

Yale University affiliation: Senior Research Compliance Auditor, Yale Medicine

Fred has worked in clinical research administration and compliance at the Yale School of Medicine for the past 19 years. Presently, he is a senior research compliance auditor at Yale Medicine. His interests lie with asthma management as well as caregiver support for patients with chronic pulmonary diseases. Fred is passionate about mental health services for young adults and LGBTQ community issues. He has expertise with clinical research administration and data information systems (EPIC) and the tie-in with various mobile applications.

Yale Health member since 1998


Ada Fenick, MD

Yale University affiliation: Associate Professor of Pediatrics (General Pediatrics); Associate Medical Director, Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital Pediatric Primary Care Center.

Ada serves on several Yale-New Haven Hospital committees and was a member of Yale Health’s former Member Advisory Committee. She is interested in understanding how patients like herself act and react, how we stay well and manage illness. She is passionate about making sure that all patients have the tools they need for self-management. She enjoys hiking, knitting and good literature.

Yale Health member since 2004


Santo Joseph Galatioto

Yale University affiliation: Senior Human Resources Generalist

Santo co-chairs both the Yale Veterans Network and the United Way Campaign for Human Resources. He has a background in management and communications as well as labor and industrial relations. He enjoys playing with his grandchildren and flying his hot air balloon. He is also a volunteer trolley operator at the Shoreline Trolley Museum and at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Yale Health member since 2009

Beth Hodshon, JD, MPH, RN

Yale University affiliation: Project Director, Yale Center for Healthcare Innovation, Redesign & Learning (CHIRAL)

In her current role, Beth focuses on identifying and improving patient safety issues surrounding transitions of care. Beth has a law degree (JD) and a Master of Public Health (MPH, Health Policy and Management) degree as well as a Bachelor of Science (Nursing) degree. She has chaired both the Domestic Violence Advocacy Council and University of North Carolina - Wilmington Nursing Alumni Association.

Yale Health member since 2010

Diane (Didi) Miranda

Yale University affiliation: Financial Analyst, Faculty Research Management Services

Didi is the co-chair of Yale University’s Working Women’s Network, as well as a member of the Latino Networking Group and Yale Benefits Advisory Team. She loves working with people. She would like to focus on new programs or improvements to encourage patients to take on a more active role in improving their health for themselves and their family.

Yale Health member since 2011

Mitch E. Murray

Yale University Affiliation: Spouse of University employee currently involved in Cardiac research studies

Mitch maintains a lifelong interest in current affairs of national politics and economic events and how they are driving our lifestyles, culture and health. He is enjoying whatever retirement brings his way after spending most of his career involved with business development strategies in the program distribution and franchising space. Mitch is a board member of Bethany Horsemen’s Association and VA Liaison for Having experienced some health challenges Mitch is impressed with Yale Health and is looking forward to giving back to the people and the organization he has received so much from.

Yale Health member since 2013

Camille Parente

Yale University affiliation:  Tour Coordinator and Senior Administrative Assistant, Yale Center for British Art

Camille is a member of Joint Departmental Committee (JDC), Action Planning Morale Committee and is a Local 34 Union steward. Camille has previous experience working for Wesleyan University, providing her a unique perspective when looking at Yale Health. She is interested in providing patients more choice regarding medical decisions. She enjoys art, photography, creative writing, and debating.

Yale Health member since 2013

Theresa Pierson

Yale University Affiliation: Lead Administrator Humanities, Social Sciences and other Academic Units

Theresa has a background working in healthcare with over 30 years at Yale School of Medicine including working to improve Press Ganey surveys for patient care. She is a member of the Linda K. Lorimer Award Committee, and a co-chair of the Workday Committee. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, exercising, playing with her dogs and riding on the back of her husband’s Harley Davidson motorcycle. Theresa’s focus is on customer service, referrals to specialists, mental health and prescription management.

Yale Health member since 1980

Carol Poling

Yale University affiliation: Spouse of a retired employee

Carol served on the Alumni Board of Directors and Board of Trustees for Ohio Wesleyan University. As a former educator in the public school system and in independent school settings, she also served on numerous school committees as both educator and parent. Carol’s experience with health care in other states enables her to reflect on and compare the medical services she has received at Yale Health. From personal experience, she understands the critical importance of supporting patients both physically and emotionally. Carol’s interests include literacy for children and adults, gardening, and knitting.

Yale Health member since 1992

Deborah Stanley-McAulay

Yale University affiliation: Chief Diversity Officer

Deborah is a member of the Yale Diversity Task Force, Sustainability Implementation Steering Committee and the Yale University Library Diversity Committee. She is interested in graphic and interior designs as well as crafts. She is passionate about eliminating healthcare disparities among low income persons.

Yale Health member since 1994

Michael Wagner

Yale University affiliation: Evening/Weekend Manager of Access Services, Center for Science and Social Science Information

Michael is the co-chair of the Yale Veterans Network and an active volunteer for the Office of International Students and Scholars. Michael is an advocate of Yale Health’s style of community-based HMO; in fact, he wrote his master’s thesis on the subject. He believes that meaningful and effective patient education is very important, especially concerning how our system works for members with cultural and language differences. He enjoys family activities, photography, gardening, and making hiking sticks.

Yale Health member since 2009

Paul Genecin, MD

Yale University affiliation: Director, Yale Health

Education: BA: Princeton University, 1977; MD: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1983. Intern/Resident: Internal Medicine, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. Fellowship: Digestive Diseases, Yale University School of Medicine.

Professional Affiliations/Certification: Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine; Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine; Attending Physician, Yale New Haven Hospital.

At Yale Health since 1989

Catherine (Katie) Kelly

Yale University affiliation: Manager, Member Services and Communications

Education: BA: Southern Connecticut State University, 1996

Katie has spent all of ther time at Yale Health in the Member Services Department and is a specialist in benefits, coverage, eligibility, and enrollment for employees and students. 

She enjoys spending time with her husband and dog, as well as hiking, skiing, and the beach. 

At Yale Health since 1998

Cynthia Negron, MD

Yale University affiliation: Physician, Ob/Gyn, Yale Health

Education: BS: Oberlin College, 1981; MD: Tufts University School of Medicine, 1985
Intern: Framingham Union Hospital; Resident: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Saint Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital

Professional Affiliations/Certification: Diplomate: American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Clinical instructor, Ob/Gyn, Yale University School of Medicine.

The most important aspect of providing care is getting patients to play an active role in their health. Getting patients to partner with their health care providers is key.

At Yale Health since 1997

Peter Steere, RPh

Yale University affiliation: Associate Director, Yale Health, Director, Pharmacy and Medication Management, Patient-Centered Innovation

Education: BS, Pharmacy Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, 1986

MBA: Healthcare Admininstration/Marketing, Western New England College, 1995

Pete is responsible for Yale Health’s pharmacy program and for its Member Services department.

At Yale Health since 2005