Jacqueline McLeeland, MBA, MLS, 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 wellness coaching followed by 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. In the face of high-risk pregnancies, I recognized how fortunate I was to have the information, resources, and support needed as a new mom. Not everyone has this. The more I researched maternal health, attended events to help raise awareness of the maternal health crisis, and listened to the stories of women and those left behind, the more I felt called to have a voice in providing an avenue towards change for women and families. This desire is what gave rise to PUSH.
Jacqueline McLeeland is a social impact enthusiast who came to the United States as a child and spent her early years in New York and New Jersey before moving to Texas with her family. Prior to establishing PUSH, Jacqueline worked in the clinical research industry for over 10 years in Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs before the unexpected journey to a work-at-home mom. While attending to her family on a full-time basis, Jacqueline continued her education through health and wellness programs followed by public health. She is a patient navigator and certified community health worker (CHW) in the state of Texas. Jacqueline holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Sociology, a Master of Business Administration, and a Master of Legal Studies. She leverages her education and experience as a regulatory compliance advisor assisting various entities with their compliance initiatives while volunteering her time and expertise at PUSH.