Health Care Advocate, Vermont Legal Aid
Kate Bailey works at Vermont Legal Aid's Office of the Health Care Advocate where she helps Vermonters access health care, sign up for health insurance, and navigate the difficult U.S. healthcare system. Kate has her Master of Arts in Health Advocacy from Sarah Lawrence College and concentrated her studies on effective organizing strategies in the reproductive health, rights, and justice movements. Kate's commitment to social justice began in 2007 as a leader of the Student Global AIDS Campaign chapter at Saint Michael's College, and she continues to advocate for global access to HIV/AIDS treatment as a core member of Health GAP (Global Access Project). She previously worked as a healthcare associate for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and as an AIDS Drug Assistance Program Enrollment Specialist with Community Research Initiative in Boston. Kate has also volunteered for the presidential campaigns of President Barack Obama and Senator Bernie Sanders and supports many local, progressive campaigns in Vermont. She moved back to Vermont in 2017 after living in various cities in the Northeast and two extended stays abroad in Colombia and Tanzania. Kate married her partner of ten years, Ben, in August 2020 and they enjoy spoiling their rescue cattle dog Mona and orange cat Flynn. Kate enjoys listening to podcasts while quilting or watering her growing collection of houseplants.