Kelsey Mumford is a dual-degree candidate for the Doctor of Medicine at Dell Medical School and Master of Public Affairs (DC Concentration) at the LBJ School. She is a with highest honors graduate in nursing honors and with a 4.0 GPA from The University of Texas at Austin, where she was both a Forty Acres Scholar and a University of Texas Coed Cheerleader. During her senior year, she was the sole undergraduate recipient of the Texas Exes Edward S. Guleke Student Excellence Award, one of three senior undergraduate recipients of the Texas Exes Presidents Leadership Award, and the second place winner of the Texas Student Research Showdown. She also served as Director of the National Student Nurses Association, a 65,000+ member organization, where she chaired the Ethics & Governance Committee.
Prior to graduate school, Mumford worked in the Washington, DC office of Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), which encouraged her interest in federal health care policy development. She also interned at the National Institutes of Health as an Amgen Scholar, where she coded an experiment with MATLAB aiming to create a screening tool to reduce racial disparities in the age of Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis.
At the medical school, she serves as the chief of strategic partnerships at the free, student-run clinic serving individuals experiencing homelessness and she is taking an elective course at LBJ focused on gender and health equity policy. She is also the only medical student in the country serving on the American Medical Association Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs alongside eight physician members, and is an upcoming American Medical Association Journal of Ethics guest editor for a monthly issue focused on providing patient-centered transgender care.
Mumford hopes to find a Policy Apprenticeship in DC focused on women's health policy and reproductive justice working on research and/or data-driven policy development with either a think tank or governmental organization such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or a congressional committee.
Policy interests: Health equity; women's health; reproductive justice