Meet McKenna

Posted by On June 12, 2015
McKenna with her grandfather and father during a recent medical mission trip to Mexico. By Andrea Kirsten-Coleman We’re excited to welcome McKenna Gilliland as our Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon Summer Intern. A native of Dallas, Texas, McKenna is a Junior studying History at Columbia University in New York. McKenna will spend the summer working closely with the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon Secretariat and gaining exposure to the world of global health. We asked her a few questions to get to know her better. Here’s what she said. Why did you decide to apply for this internship? My interest in international non-profit work drew me to the internship. I’ve also been inspired by the ways in which President and Mrs. Bush have been improving the world through their global initiatives, and I wanted to be a part of that work, which is the foundation for changing the lives of women on an international scale. Where did your interest in global health come from? I come from a family of doctors, so I grew up always aware of what was happening in healthcare. My interest in global health was piqued, though, when my family began going on medical mission trips to Mexico when I was in high school. In Mexico, I was able to see firsthand how low-cost, local and mobile clinics change the lives of people who do not otherwise have access to healthcare. When I saw the opportunity to work with Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, to ensure women have access to the screening and treatment for cancer they need, I was excited to get to further my interest in health work in developing countries. What do you hope to learn from this internship? In working with Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, I hope to learn how a non-profit can organize public and private partners to carry out work on an international level. My experience with global health so far has been the implementation side, and I’d like to be able to better understand the field from a strategic standpoint, too. Welcome McKenna. We look forward to working with you! Andrea Kirsten-Coleman is Program Manager, Communications, Development and Partner Outreach for Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon.