Kelsey Kolbe

Kelsey

Co-fellow

Mwandwe

Mwandwe Chileshe

Placement Country: USA
Title: US Advocacy and Outreach Associate
Partner: 1,000 Days
Health equity encompasses the idea that identity, and the ways in which different aspects of identity intersect, impacts access to good health and quality healthcare, which are integral in allowing people to fully develop their potential.

Kelsey Kolbe graduated with highest honors from the University of Oklahoma with degrees in gender studies and classics. She has worked as a peer educator with a sexual assault prevention program, served as a rape crisis advocate, and worked at a domestic violence shelter in rural Wisconsin. She coordinated Take Root, a conference devoted to issues of reproductive justice and healthcare access in red state regions in the United States. Most recently, Kelsey completed a post-baccalaureate pre-medical program at Johns Hopkins, where she worked on the EQUALITY Study, which seeks to understand and improve the experiences of LGBTQ people in healthcare settings. She hopes to pursue a career in medicine with a focus on inclusive care. Her other interests include lindy hop, musical adaptations of queer graphic novels, and cats.