Michigan Medicine Doctor with global impact combats health inequities in Ypsilanti

April 13, 2022

Michigan Medicine Doctor with global impact combats health inequities in Ypsilanti

While I have always had a deep affection toward helping people in need - including individuals of lower socioeconomic status, single-parent households and immigrant families from all over the globe.

In 2010, after a life-changing volunteer experience in Haiti following the devastating earthquake, I knew that it was time to do more. From 2012 to 2014, I completed four missions with Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders, working in both west and central Africa to improve the lives of neonatal patients and their mothers.  

Since my return to Michigan Medicine in 2015, I have focused my efforts of addressing health inequities in the area through clinical duties at the Ypsilanti Health Center. As a clinical instructor, one of my primary goals has always been to foster diversity, equity and inclusion at Michigan Medicine through scholarship, mentorship and teaching. I have enjoyed mentoring and inspiring several pre-medical students through my global health research initiatives.  In 2019, as a recipient of a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant, I was able to take mentees to Ghana where we established a system for providing routine, outpatient preventative care visits for premature and low birth weight infants at more frequent levels.  

I have truly gained so much from being mentored throughout my career by individuals such as Dr. R. Alexander Blackwood and appreciate having the opportunity to pay it forward in partnership with the Office for Health Equity and Inclusion.  

Yolaine Civil, MD is a clinical instructor in the Department of Pediatrics and is currently completing her MPH through a preventative care fellowship program at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Dr. Civil will be working with OHEI this summer as a mentor for student research. 

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