Jonas IV Veterans Healthcare Scholar Alumni

Lydia Cristobal, LNHA, RN-BC

Yale University

Lydia Alicia Cristobal has 20 years health care experience in various settings, including 15 years in management in long-term care, medical-surgical, cardio-thoracic surgery, emergency care, home health, and ambulatory care. She is board certified in gerontology and a licensed nursing home administrator. Currently, she is an administrative supervisor in Bayonne Medical Center, a 278-bed acute-care hospital in New Jersey. A veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, she continues to serve in the US Army Reserve as a captain and commands the 311th Military History Detachment at Fort Totten, NY. Her work experience in the Veterans Medical Center at Bronx, NY and at Walter Reed Hospital, DC inspired her to be a change agent and leader that will close the gap in the care of service members and veterans. She holds a BS in Nursing and MS in Nursing Administration from New York University. She is pursuing her doctor of nursing practice degree at Yale University. As a student fellow of the Global Health Justice Partnership, she is looking forward in collaborating with the Yale Law School and Yale School of Public Health fellows for global policy research and projects. Because of her educational background and experience as a nurse leader, public affairs, and military history, Lydia is planning to conduct several research studies that will combine such expertise to recommend and influence stakeholders how to effectively restructure the healthcare system to better serve our population.