A southeastern Wisconsin native, Kelli Rush is a Financial Counselor and Patient Advocate at Progressive Community Health Center in Milwaukee, serving as a state and federally licensed Certified Application Counselor for The Affordable Care Act. Kelli serves on multiple Milwaukee Enrollment Network (MKEN) Committees and is an active member of Health Watch Wisconsin, Milwaukee chapter, where she is the co-chair of the Enrollment Process Improvement Committee (EPIC). MKEN is a consortium made up of multiple local organizations that help support enrollment efforts. MKEN works on enrolling individuals in both private and public insurance, with a focus on low-income, underserved populations. It is co-convened by the Milwaukee Health Care Partnership and Covering Wisconsin, where Kelli also serves as a program fellow.
Kelli completed her BS degree in Allied Health Biology at Winona State University in 2015. She went on to serve two years as an AmeriCorps member with the Wisconsin Health Corps. Kelli’s first service term was spent with The Dane County Department of Human Services where she worked with the homeless and the Dane County Sheriff’s Office to enroll inmates in insurance and help connect them to care. During her time there she promoted health literacy, coordinated medical care appointments, and helped individuals get connected to drug treatment programs.
After Kelli’s time in Dane County, she decided she wanted to do a second term of service here in Milwaukee. During her second term, she served at Progressive Community Health Centers as a Patient Care Coordinator. Kelli worked on the Emergency Department Care Coordination (EDCC) initiative, which focused on connecting high rate emergency department (ED) users to primary care. She also assisted with Seal-A-Smile, a Wisconsin dental health initiative, that provided fluoride treatment and sealants to youth in schools around Milwaukee. After AmeriCorps, Kelli went on to start her master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Environmental Health Science.
Kelli is currently in the second year of her program at University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Zilber School of Public Health, where she is expected to graduate May 2019. Kelli also serves as a co-chair for the Public Health Graduate School Association. When she is not hitting the books or working in the community, she is out exploring Milwaukee with her German Shepard puppy Edison, trying new local restaurants, baking for friends, or planning her next travel adventure.