Christine Ngaruiya North America 2023

Dr. Christine Ngaruiya is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine (DEM) at Yale University, the DEM Wellness Officer and the Director of Global Health Research. She completed the Global Health and International Emergency Medicine fellowship in the DEM in 2015, also matriculating with a Master of Science and Diploma in Tropical Medicine and International Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine at that time. Her research interests are centered in Africa and focused on: Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs), barriers to care, community-based interventions and eHealth. She joined faculty in the Yale DEM as Assistant professor in Fall 2016. Her past professional work has focused on health disparities amongst minority populations in the U.S. and Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR).

Some past honors include: the Emergency Medicine Resident’s Association (EMRA) Augustine D’Orta Award for outstanding community and grassroots involvement, Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance Associate and the 2014 Harambe Pfizer Fellow Award for social entrepreneurship, the 2016 University of Nebraska Outstanding International Alumnus award, the 2018 Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Global Emergency Medicine Academy Young Physician award, and the 2019 Yale School of Medicine Leonard Tow Humanism award. In 2020, she was selected as 1 of 24 women nationally as part of the Stanford-affiliated, Gates Foundation funded WomenLift Health Leadership Cohort. Her research has been funded by organizations like the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the World Bank and Yale University. She was also among the top 100 federally funded scientists in Emergency Medicine in the US in 2021.

She has held several national and international leadership positions including with: the American Medical Students’ Association (AMSA), the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association (EMRA), the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine’s (SAEM) Global Emergency Medicine Academy, the Women Leaders in Global Health (WLGH) conference committee and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH). She is also a founding member of the Yale Network for Global Noncommunicable Disease (NGN), which plays a role as a hub for global NCD work involving the Yale community, and currently serves as one of two NCD section editors for the PLOS Global Public Health journal. Additionally, she has sat on a number of NIH panels related to global NCD topics, and has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally on the same.

She was selected as one of twenty Yale Public Voice Fellows for 2015-2016 from across campus with around 30 publications in outlets such as Time, Huffington Post, Medium, and The Hill since that time. She continues to teach on the topic as the faculty advisor for the Yale OpEd and Advocacy course, a 5-year old program that is co-led by an interdisciplinary team of residents, and which has trained or mentored more than 150 trainees (residents and fellows) at YSM to date.