Jessica P. Cerdeña, Ph.D.

medical anthropologist, physician-in-training


I strive to advocate for equitable treatment of people encountering structural oppression due to their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, documentation status, language background, or ability.


Connecticut State Leader, 2020-2021


ContraCOVID provides multilingual information about public health measures and social services to support migrant and limited English proficiency families and individuals through the COVID-19 pandemic.


Co-Founder and Student Activist, 2015-2021


NextYSM Demands

Building on nationwide protests on university campuses—including the Black women-led coalition, NextYale—Yale medical students disrupted town halls and presented the administration with demands for anti-oppression in 2015, renewing them in 2020.


Systemic Disease

Co-Founder, 2015-

Systemic Disease logo

Systemic Disease is an online community aimed to raise awareness about implicit bias in medicine. Medical community members may submit narratives about their experiences with bias in medicine and access resources to counteract bias both personally and within their institutions.

Yale Student National Medical Association / Latino Medical Student Association

Co-President, 2015-16

Racial justice in medicine is...
Racial justice in medicine is…

Yale SNMA & LMSA Facebook page

As SNMA/LMSA Co-President, I coordinated service and social justice events in support of communities of color both at Yale School of Medicine and in the city of New Haven. Our chapter hosted the 2015 SNMA Region VII Conference, which took place at YSM on Saturday, October 17th 2015.

New Haven Health & Wellness Block Party – May 9, 2015

Lead Coordinator

New Haven Health & Wellness Block Party - May 9, 2015
New Haven Health & Wellness Block Party

NH Block Party Facebook page

I led the planning of a community health fair in the Dixwell neighborhood of New Haven, at which roughly 150 community members received free health screenings and social services.

Yale White Coats 4 Black Lives Die-in – December 10, 2014


Partnering with student leaders dozens of medical schools across the U.S., I co-led the 70 students, faculty, and staff that participated in the Yale School of Medicine White Coats 4 Black Lives die-in.

Yale medical students hold ‘die-in’ to protest race, gender discrimination, New Haven Register
Yale Medical School students don white coats for die-in demonstration, YaleNews
Wearing lab coats, medical students “die-in”, Yale Daily News