I wanted to be part of a community of change-makers working to improve health equity. By adopting bio-cultural perspective for explaining and addressing health disparities, global health can provide more than examining programs and interventions.
Colton Halverson grew up in Garrison, Kentucky. While studying public health at Morehead State University, he served as vice president of the health honorary Eta Sigma Gamma. Colton focused on community-supported agriculture, health care delivery, epidemiology and health program planning. Upon graduation, Colton joined the Peace Corps and served in Guyana, South America. There he worked to create community support agricultural systems for Berbice Regional Hospital, provided counseling and support to the LGBT/MSM community in Guyana with the Comforting Hearts NGO, worked on improving gender development with camp GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) and contributed to numerous public health projects throughout Guyana with an emphasis on indigenous populations. Upon completion of his Peace Corps service, Colton worked as the health education coordinator for an independent health department in Kentucky. In his spare time, Colton enjoys studying botany, adventure sports, and the great outdoors.