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Emma Sophia Kay

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Emma Sophia Kay
Emma Sophia Kay received her PhD in social work at the University of Alabama in 2018. She has a strong research interest in HIV, particularly as it interfaces with healthcare policy. Her research investigates the association between healthcare payer type and HIV health outcomes, including viral suppression and retention in care, and seeks to bring attention to the impact that healthcare policy has on people living with HIV. In 2017-2018 she was one of five doctoral students selected by the National Association of Social Workers to receive the Social Work Health Care Education and Leadership Scholars (HEALS) fellowship.. Prior to joining the University of Michigan School of Social Work, Dr. Kay conducted research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)'s Center for AIDS Research, where she gained experience working with medical records data and large data sets. 

Research Interests/Focus

HIV health outcomes; health policy; access to healthcare; health equity

Education

Year Degree   School
2018 PhD Social Work University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
2014 MSW Social Work University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
2009 BS Biological Sciences University of Alabama, Huntsville
Year Description
2019 Jackson, L., Walton, R., Bello, F., DeRamus, R., Fordham, M., Hauenstein, K.K., Jackson, E., Kay, E., Musgrove, K., Rafferty, N., Rastegar, J., Lee, Y., & Batey, D.S. (2019, January). (Poster Presentation). Structural violence within communities and its impact on the wellbeing of persons living with HIV (PLWH). To be presented at the 23rd Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, San Francisco, California.
2019 Kay, E.S., & Curington, A.M. (2019, January). An Exploration of Field Instructors' Perspectives on Field Education Standards. (Poster Presentation). Presented at the 23rd Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, San Francisco, California.
2018 Jackson, L., Walton, R., Bello, F., DeRamus, R., Fordham, M., Hauenstein, K.K., Jackson, E., Kay, E.S., Musgrove, K., Rafferty, N., Rastegar, J., Lee, Y., Batey, D.S. (2018, November). Structural violence within the community and its impact on health equity among persons living with HIV (PLWH). (Oral Presentation). Presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Expo 2018, San Diego, California.
2018 Smith, B.D., & Kay, E.S. (2018, January). Child maltreatment in rural southern counties: Another perspective on race, poverty and child welfare. (Oral Presentation). Presented at the 22nd Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, Washington, D.C.
2018 Kay, E.S. (2018, July). The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program in a Post-Affordable Care Act Era. (Poster Presentation). Presented at the 2018 National Association of Social Workers National Conference, Washington, D.C.
2017 Kay, E.S., & Batey, D.S. (2017, January). The Ryan White HIV/AIDS program and clinical outcomes: A retrospective chart review. (Poster). Presented at the Twenty-First Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, New Orleans, Louisiana.
2017 Walton, R., Fordham, M., Jackson, E., Bello, F., Kay, E.S., Rafferty, N., Rastegar, J., Lee, Y., Musgrove, K., & Batey, D.S. (2017, April 7). The interplay of neighborhood and HIV health: Preliminary findings through a community-engaged lens. (Oral Presentation). Presented at the 2017 Social Inclusion and Social Justice Conference, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.
2017 Smith, B.D., Kay, E.S., & Womack, B.G. (2017, October). How can county-level maltreatment report rates better inform child welfare practice? (Oral Presentation). Presented at the Council on Social Work Education’s 63rd Annual Meeting, Dallas, Texas.
2017 Bello, F.O., Fordham, M. Walton, R., Jackson, E., DeRamus, R., Kay, E.S., Rafferty, N., Rastegar, J., Jackson, L., Musgrove, K., Lee, Y., Batey, D.S. (2017, November). Exploring community-level barriers and facilitators of HIV health: An exploratory qualitative study. (Oral Presentation). Presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Expo 2017, Atlanta, Georgia.
2016 Smith, B.D., Kay, E.S., & Womack, B.G. (2016, January). Excluding the poor: State-level disparities in safety net program access. (Oral Presentation). Presented at the Twentieth Annual Conference Anniversary Celebration of the Society for Social Work and Research, Washington, D.C.
2016 Kirkpatrick, B.D., & Kay, E.S. (2016, February). Education and empowerment: A model for the mobilization of low-income people living with HIV. (Oral Presentation). Presented at the 2016 National Association of Social Workers-Alabama Chapter Annual Conference, Montgomery, Alabama.
2016 Kay, E.S., & Smith, B.D. (2016, May). Expanding HIV/AIDS outreach services to the Latino community. (Poster). Presented at the Twenty-Eighth Annual National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
2016 Batey, D.S., Walton, R., Fordham, M.A., DeRamus, R., Jackson, E., Bello, F.O., Kay, E.S., Rafferty, N., Rastegar, J., Lee, Y., & Musgrove, K. (2016, October 14). Community context and HIV health outcomes: Who knows better than the community itself? (Poster). Presented at the Third Annual Community Engagement Institute: The Journey to Justice: Expanding the Possibilities, Birmingham, Alabama.
2016 Kay, E.S., Lichtenstein, B., Mutchler, M.G., McDavitt, B. (2016, November). “Closets are for clothes, not for lives”: A qualitative exploration of role dynamics among young Black men who have sex with men. (Poster). American Public Health Association 2016 Annual Meeting & Expo, Denver, Colorado.
2015 Kay, E.S., & Smith, B.D. (2015, May). Sick, impoverished, and criminal: How state criminalization laws target socially-marginalized populations. (Poster). Presented at the Twenty-Seventh Annual National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS, New Orleans, Louisiana.

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