Leseliey Welch, MPH, MBA
Leseliey (she/her) is a public health leader with a business mind and a visionary heart, holding love as a guiding value, a way of being, an action and a politic. Leseliey is Co-founder of Birth Detroit and Birth Center Equity, a mom and a tireless advocate for work that makes communities stronger, healthier and more free.
Leseliey leads a team of birth workers, birth advocates and community leaders planning Detroit’s first freestanding community birth center Birth Detroit, and is proud of the launch of Birth Center Equity to grow and sustain birth centers led by Black, Indigenous and people of color across the country. She has nearly two decades of leadership experience in city, state and national health organizations. She served as interim executive director of Birthing Project USA, Deputy Director of Public Health for the City of Detroit, and consulted in the development of Michigan’s first comprehensive LGBTQ health center.
Leseliey has taught at the university level for over fifteen years, contributing to the development of Wayne State University’s Bachelor’s in Public Health Program and creating courses on numerous health equity topics for undergraduate and master’s level public health students, medical students and medical residents. Leseliey lectured in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department at the University of Michigan, developing practicum courses on women's leadership, and nonprofit, management, community engagement and feminist practice. She earned her undergraduate degree in Women’s Studies, Masters in Public Health with a certificate in Women’s and Reproductive Health, and Masters in Business Administration from the University of Michigan.
A Michigander by birth and a world citizen in spirit, Leseliey resides in Ypsilanti, Michigan, with her wife and two children and loves global travel.
The mission of Birth Detroit is to midwife safe, quality, loving care through pregnancy, birth and beyond. Birth Detroit opened its first community midwifery clinic in fall 2020 and continues to fundraise for the birth center to open in 2023.
Birth Center Equity
Birth Center Equity is a catalyst, accelerating innovative strategies to grow abundant community birth infrastructure for generations to come.
"We dream of a world where birth is safe, sacred, loving and celebrated for everyone."
“We have all of the evidence and data to say
the midwifery model of care works.”
ARTICLES AND INTERVIEWS
by Rheana Murray, December 10, 2020
Good Birth For All
by Marinah Farrell, May 31, 2020
Rewire News, 2020
by Leseliey Welch and Nashira Baril, April 15, 2020
by Abdul El-Sayed, October 28, 2019
Detroit Today, 2019
by Detroit Today, August 13, 2019
NPR Stateside, 2019
by NPR Staff, May 2, 2019
The University Record, 2019
by The University Record, April 29, 2019
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, ANN ARBOR, MI
Nonprofit Management, Community Engagement & Feminist Practice
Social Determinants of Population Health
WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY, DETROIT, MI
Introduction to Public Health
Population Health Leadership
Principals and Practice of Population Health
Urban Public Health Leadership
Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health