Kelsey White grew up in a rural South Carolina textile town, hearing stories about her parents’ travels to Honduras and Guatemala. She earned a BA in Spanish from Maryville College in Tennessee. During college, formative experiences in Latin America–including work in community health, gender equity, and youth empowerment–shaped Kelsey’s interest in public health social work. A summer in Mexico focused her attention on the issue of immigration, leading her to connect with the Latino community in Tennessee as a volunteer interpreter, community-based researcher, and ESL instructor.
Since relocating to North Carolina, Kelsey has worked in the areas of mental health and substance use crisis intervention as well as hunger and homelessness prevention. Additionally, she has volunteered with organizations focused on Latino mental health, harm reduction, and tenant rights. As a graduate student, she helped to implement integrated care initiatives with Latino families at a community health center and provided support with research and program planning to the UNC Refugee Mental Health and Wellness Initiative. Kelsey completed her MSW/MPH dual degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with concentrations in community social work and maternal and child health.
Kelsey is thrilled to combine her broad public health social work experience with her desire to promote health equity alongside immigrant communities in the Southeast. In her free time, she loves cooking, making music with friends, and spending time in the mountains.