This post is part of a series where we pose questions on issues related to maternal and infant care for vulnerable populations to health professionals, community advocates, mothers, JBLF volunteers and other important voices. Kelly Garrity joined as JB-LF Executive Director in March 2020.
Lindsey is the summer intern for JB-LF through her college, Marymount University.
1. If you could tell us one thing, what would it be?
So far, one of the best parts about this internship has been researching the many topics I have been charged with writing about. I have learned so much, not only from the research, but also from JB-LF’s Executive Director, Kelly Garrity, and from the various webinars I have virtually attended. There’s a wealth of information out there about maternal health and how systemic changes can be made to improve the lives of pregnant women and new mothers. I’ve become so engrossed with the material I interact with that I sometimes have to stop myself from babbling when talking to others about how awesome this internship is.
2. What has surprised you the most in this internship?
What has surprised me the most in this internship is how many challenges and hurdles many mothers face. So much goes into ensuring our communities and mothers get taken care of, from family planning, to preconception, to prenatal and postnatal care. Yet many mothers are unfortunately not given the access to care that they need and deserve, and it’s organizations like JB-LF that invest in maternal health who are changing the playing field.
3. What are you most excited about for the future of JBLF?
I am most excited for the future of JB-LF as the foundation continues to conduct research and fund cutting-edge programs that will increase access to care. Making an impact in the community through serving families, raising awareness, covering basic needs, and so much more, JB-LF is spearheading important initiatives. Working collaboratively with other organizations, health care providers, and the families of Arlington County, I have the utmost confidence that real change is taking place for the futures of our mothers and their babies.
4. What are people most surprised to find out about you?
Most people I meet are surprised to find out how introverted I am. I can be a social butterfly, but truthfully only recharge my batteries when I’m by myself. At an early age I discovered my love for reading and writing, and always knew I wanted to study literature. My writing background has served me well in this role as an intern for JB-LF and I have enjoyed drafting up blog posts for the foundation.