Jacqueline McLeeland, MBA, CHW
When my oldest was approaching six weeks old, and while I was still recovering from a C-section, I felt forced to choose between my 12-year career, my family, or my health. I chose family and my health. Morally, it was an easy choice, but from a financial aspect, not so much. I was giving up a salary and health insurance when my husband and I needed it most. Unbeknownst to me at the time, I would journey into studying public health.
My personal experience, coupled with my education in public health, opened my eyes to the many flaws in our system and gaps in maternal health outcomes. Despite some of my personal maternal health challenges and high risk pregnancies, I quickly recognized how fortunate I was to have the information, resources, and support I needed throughout my pregnancies and as a new mom. Not everyone has this. The more I researched maternal health outcomes, attended events to help raise awareness of the maternal health crisis, and listened to the stories of women and advocates whose experience and strength astounded me, the stronger I desired to have a voice in providing a solution for women and expectant families. This desire is what gave rise to Push.
Jacqueline McLeeland is the Founder and President of Push. Prior to establishing Push, Jacqueline worked in the clinical research industry for over 10 years before becoming a work-at-home mom and the founder of a regulatory compliance service firm. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Sociology and a Master of Business Administration. Jacqueline is also a licensed community health worker (CHW) in the state of Texas and is working towards her law degree. When not attending to business you can find Jacqueline doing what she enjoys most, spending time with her family.