Heidi Swan Kelly

Heidi Kelly (née Swan) graduated from University of Virginia (CLAS 2005) with a double major in History and Spanish. After graduation, she worked with the migrant and immigrant communities in the Charlottesville area as an AmeriCorps member. She then moved to Philadelphia where she spent a year as a counselor in a charter school for former drop-outs, while taking classes at night towards a degree in public health (MPH). As part of her studies, she worked with refugees and immigrants to address their specific health needs and health disparities in Philadelphia. This work led to an opportunity to work on cancer screening and prevention research projects in the Philadelphia area. Longing to move from research to the ‘front lines’ of health care, Heidi returned to nursing school. She earned her BSN and MSN from Columbia University in New York City. Today, Heidi is a Family Nurse Practitioner working in Chattanooga, TN, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and son.

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