Kristin Horneffer

Kristin Horneffer (DC ‘14) is majoring in Anthropology with a focus in medical anthropology. Originally from Fairfax, Virginia, Kristin became interested in health in high school while working in a medical oncology laboratory at the National Institutes of Health. While at Yale, Kristin has spent a significant amount of time exploring the “hoods” of New Haven, and getting to know inner-city New Haven from an anthropological perspective. Kristin spent a summer working at a paternity testing clinic in New Haven where she befriended a woman who was once one of New Haven’s biggest crack-cocaine dealers. Through this exploration, Kristin became interested in health inequity and in the many health problems afflicting New Haven inner-city residents, the main issue being gun violence. Currently, Kristin is working with various New Haven leaders in order to establish a year-round gun exchange program, and continues to study the lasting mental and social impacts of gun violence. At Yale, Kristin is co-founder of Middleman, a group dedicated to improving Yale-New Haven relations, and president of UAID, an organization that promotes student awareness of infectious diseases. In her free time, Kristin enjoys playing classical and flamenco guitar.