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 and other important voices. Colleen Borelli joined the JB-LF board in 2019.
1. You are a local OB provider, how did you choose that career path?
My Master of Public Health focused on Women and Infant Health which has always been a special interest of mine. Then when I went to medical school I found that OBGYN was really my passion within medicine. I love being able to care for women of all different ages and be part of some of the most important moments of their lives. I enjoy both the surgical and medical aspects of this specialty and really could not imagine doing anything else. It was really just a natural fit for me.
2. You joined the JBLF Board in 2019, what has surprised you the most?
What has surprised me most is our ability to accomplish quite a lot within a relatively small non-profit. The community involvement and support is really inspiring. It is great to see how an efficient and well run organization can make a very big impact with relatively less resources than large non-profits.
3. What are you most excited about for 2021?
I am most excited about finally travelling to see my family on the west coast who I have not yet seen in a year and a half. I am very grateful for the science behind the vaccines in getting us to this point.
4. What are people surprised to find out about you?
I may be one of the few Americans who doesn’t like ketchup….my kids always taunt me with it when they are eating their french fries!