Lindsey Hiebert

Lindsey Hiebert (PC '15) is from Gainesville, Florida and is double majoring in Global Affairs and Biology. The premature births of her two youngest siblings inspired her to become involved with the March of Dimes, and she now serves as the Mission Education Chair for the organization’s National Youth Council. In New Haven, she volunteers at Yale New-Haven’s Newborn Special Care Unit, working with preemies and families. On campus, she is a member of the Student Global Health and AIDS Coalition and is the Public Health Network Coordinator for Dwight Hall, Community Service and Social Justice Center. She loves New Haven and is particularly interested in community development. She hopes to use this opportunity to gain hands on experience in strengthening health systems and resources on a local and global scale.  In addition, she enjoys research with diverse past experiences studying infant cognition, the pathophysiology of preeclampsia, and cancer bioinformatics.


  • San Salvador to New Haven: Discovering Parallels in Community-Based Development

    El Salvador

    I spent the first part of my summer adventures in San Salvador, El Salvador, working with International Partners in Mission, an organization that fosters partnerships with community-based organizations through promoting technical training, project replication, and sustainability. My team and I had three main projects: developing a library at a tutoring center in El Zaite, supporting a soy cooperative and establishing a public health empowerment curriculum for the youth in San Ramón, and also initiating a narrative project. I spent the rest of my summer in a different community, New Haven, CT. Back in New Haven, I was part of a Yale science outreach program called SCHOLAR. I was so lucky to spend my summer working with about 100 local New Haven and West Haven high school students. My favorite part of SCHOLAR was working on a supplemental community public health curriculum. Looking back, the overall juxtaposition of these two experiences was incredibly enriching, as I was able to observe community development in different contexts. The most evident similarities were challenges in education reform, food insecurity, and the effects of violence. I have taken away powerful insight into the core principles of community-based development including the importance of supportive infrastructure and youth empowerment that only observations and immersion in two unique settings could have provided.


Global Affairs