Adam Beckman

Adam Beckman (TD '16) grew up outside Boston and is pursuing a degree in Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology.  He spent a summer living in Manglaralto, Ecuador and developed a deep interest in improving access to healthcare for underserved populations, particularly in Latin America.  There he conducted a mixed-methods investigation of HIV, assisted in running an HIV testing clinic at a local hospital, and helped to implement a health education initiative.  As the co-director of Student Partnerships for Global Health, Adam works with interdisciplinary teams of graduate and undergraduate Yale students to carry out education, research, and other community-based initiatives at sites in Nicaragua and Ecuador.  He is also the co-founder of a global health consulting group and an assistant researcher studying HIV in a Yale Immunology Lab.  He greatly enjoys being a FOOT leader, student board member at the Slifka Center, and member of HAVEN Free Clinic.

  • HIV in Ecuador


    Funded by the Yale-Collaborative Action Project and Thomas C. Barry Travel Fellowship, I met regularly in Winter 2013 with my faculty advisor and a small team of undergraduates and MPH candidates to design a mixed-methods investigation of HIV stigma, knowledge, perceived risk, and risk behaviors in Manglaralto, Ecuador. This experience revealed to me the value of implementing sustainable projects that reflect the community’s needs. Before the summer, our group (as members of the student-led Yale-Ecuador HIV Clinic Initiative) began to reconsider the organization’s role that, up until that point, had been focused on addressing the small number of HIV cases in Manglaralto. Based on conversations with public health experts, we conducted a needs assessment upon arriving in Ecuador and responded by focusing future projects on chronic disease. During Summer 2013, we helped the Manglaralto Hospital staff by providing HIV tests to patients, partnered with a local high school to teach a culturally appropriate sexual health curriculum, and met with numerous NGOs to build and strengthen in-country relationships. I also learned tremendously from our qualitative and quantitative research projects, which yielded some valuable results. Since returning to campus, I have gotten to work alongside many bright undergraduates and graduate students, to help launch Student Partnerships for Global Health (SPGH), an organization devoted to sustainable global partnerships and collaborative student teams. SPGH has since supported student teams in Ecuador and Nicaragua. (Our summer research is written-up in two manuscripts, which are currently in submission to peer-reviewed journals.)

Timothy Dwight
Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology