Kelly Courts is the Hunger-free HealthCare Center Coordinator at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.
St. Christopher’s has long recognized the importance of addressing the social determinants of health and has screened for food insecurity since 2010. In 2014, St. Chris built the Center for Urban Child (CUC), an outpatient practice utilizing a multi-disciplinary approach to providing care that addresses patient needs holistically, including social as well as medical concerns. Operating out of the CUC, Kelly is responsible for overseeing the food insecurity screening process as well as developing and managing the portfolio of referral resources, including onsite and community based options.
Prior to joining St. Christopher’s, Kelly spent eight years in various roles at Philabundance, most recently as Community Food Programs Director. During her time at Philabundance, Kelly oversaw the development and implementation of several novel programs, including the Fresh For All produce program, the Community Food Center hybrid choice pantry, the KidsBites children’s program, and the Fare & Square non-profit grocery store. She also served as a co-founder of the Montco Anti-Hunger Network (MAHN).
Kelly has served as a co-chair of the FPAC Food & Health subcommittee since its inception in February 2016.
Kelly served as Peace Corps volunteer in Namibia where she taught math and science at the secondary level. She has her BS in Biology from Bucknell University and is currently enrolled in the MPH program at the University of Pennsylvania.