Splash Biography

BREANNA BROWNSON, Sophomore studying biology and cognitive science

Major: MCDB

College/Employer: Yale

Year of Graduation: 2025

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I am Vice President of United Against Inequities in Disease at Yale and am passionate about mental health education. I currently serve as a crisis counselor for Crisis Text Line and teach movement classes for patients at the Yale New Haven Hospital In-patient Pediatric Unit through Yale Peristalsis. Outside of classes, I love to dance and serve as Co-Choreographer Liaison for Yale Danceworks. I also enjoy playing with my cat and taking her on walks. I am very excited to be teaching for Yale Splash again this semester!

Past Classes

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S4739: Demystifying the Mental Illness Epidemic in Splash Spring 2023 (Apr. 01, 2023)
This course will provide a brief background on historical disparities surrounding mental healthcare and equip you with the tools to help yourself and others around you who may be struggling. We will define some common mental health terms and discuss the different types of resources that exist for finding support. We will also work to unpack the ways that technology is contributing to the mental illness crisis facing teenagers today and brainstorm ideas together for using social media in ways that are less likely to harm your mental health.

X4557: Why is New Haven so Sick? How Inequality is a Public Health Issue in Splash Spring 2022 (Apr. 16, 2022)
Why does New Haven have one of the state's highest rates of illnesses like asthma, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity? Looking closer, there are huge health differences based on inequalities rooted in racism and poverty. Learn about how societal factors like racial and ethnic discrimination, economic inequality, and a lack of basic resources cause some of the biggest health issues we see in New Haven today.