UNC Community Health Education Grad Student Works Toward Healthcare Equality in Colorado

KC Hall

Even though she was busy organizing events for UNC's observance of National Public Health Week April 4-8, KC Hall, who's pursuing her master's degree in Community Health Education from the Colorado School of Public Health at UNC, took time out to share information about what else is keeping her busy.

One of those things is her program's required practicum. After hearing about the efforts of One Colorado - the state's largest advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights - at a regional public health conference last year, Hall felt compelled to get involved with their efforts to work toward justice for the LGBT population in Colorado.

Her practicum included being part of the planning team for One Colorado's annual LGBT Lobby Day at the state capitol last month. More than 250 LGBT community members and their allies gathered in Denver and spent the day meeting with Colorado legislators to discuss relevant health bills and the effect they would have on state residents' health if they passed.

Through the efforts of Hall and the rest of the planning team, nearly all of Colorado was represented at the event, including representatives from 57 house districts and 33 senate districts.

"I got to meet Representative Dave Young and talk about Greeley issues," Hall said. "Now I know how important it is to vote, not just in presidential elections but making sure you have correct representation for you within other levels of government," she said.

Hall has also kept busy this year in her role as president of the student council for UNC's arm of the Colorado School of Public Health, which is a collaboration of University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Colorado State University and UNC.

After graduation, Hall plans to take her passion for working with marginalized communities further to work toward making healthcare equitable and accessible for everyone, no matter what resources they have.

She says she would love to do more work with the LGBT population in Denver to improve culture competency within the field of public health, and that her graduate school education and practicum experience has been a worthwhile and important part of achieving her goals.

- Taylor Trubia, UNC Class of 2017

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