This Colby College student wants health care to be accessible to child refugees

WATERVILLE, Maine — When Jordan McClintock embarks on her journey to places such as Germany, Sweden and Malta to study medical inequities among child refugees later this year, she’ll think of her mother.

McClintock — a Colby College student majoring in science, technology and society — was named a 2022 Thomas J. Watson Fellow, one of 40 from colleges across the country, last month. the one-year grant gives each fellow $36,000 to use on an independent exploration project outside the United States.

Displacement and children’s health care are deeply personal subjects for McClintock, whose mother, at 6 years old, traveled alone from Costa Rica to the United States in 1971. She was considered a displaced child, McClintock said.

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