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Nemesia  Kelly

Nemesia Kelly

College: CEHS

Department: Public Health Program

Title: Assistant Professor

Phone: (707) 638-5827

Fax: (707) 638-5871

E-Mail: nemesia.kelly@tu.edu

Office: Wilderman Hall, Rm. 403

Nemesia Kelly is an Assistant Professor and Chair of the Health Equity and Criminal Justice Concentration. She coordinates the Public Health Field Study course (PBHC 600-4 & 600-6) and teaches a course on Criminal Justice and Public Health (PBHC 633). In addition, Professor Kelly also serves as the Public Health Practice Manager of the Program's Center for Workforce Development & Public Health Practice

Prior to her appointment, Professor Kelly served as the Program Analyst & Outreach Specialist in the PH Program from 2009-2013, specializing in recruitment and marketing efforts, compliance to and maintenance of accreditation standards required by the Council on Education for Public Health CEPH), and data management processes. She has over 20 years of experience working in higher education and graduate academic programs in public health. Professor Kelly received a Master of Public Health from Touro University California in 2013.

Professor Kelly's research interests include: The health impacts of wrongful conviction and incarceration; qualitative research on the health and well-being of exonerees; carceral and reentry health; public health impacts of mass incarceration; criminal justice policy reform and advocacy, police violence as a public health issue; collateral consequences of incarceration; the school to prison nexus.

Master of Public Health, Touro University California - 2013
Bachelor of Music, California State University, Los Angeles - 2003

PBHC 600-4 and 600-6: Public Health Field Experience (4 or 6 units)

The Public Health Field Experience is required for all MPH students. As part of the MPH Culminating Experience, this field study is a structured and practical experience in a professional public health setting which allows the student to apply and integrate the knowledge and skills acquired during the didactic period into public health practice. Through the Field Study, students apply their academic knowledge to “real world” situations that address public health issues. Students conduct field work as interns at public health organizations, which serve as field study placement sites. The role of the MPH student intern is to assist partnering organizations with specific public health projects and to promote and support the activities of those organizations that provide comprehensive health services to communities, locally or abroad. Student participation should contribute to strategic resolutions, be valued by the Organization, and contribute to meeting its mission and goals. Through their field work, students help to build and strengthen working partnerships between field study placement sites and TUC. 

PBHC 633 Criminal Justice and Public Health (3 Units)

This course will provide students with an overview of the intersection between the criminal justice system and public health. Students will gain an understanding of mass incarceration as a social determinant of health and a major public health challenge in the U.S. Topics include the history and philosophy of incarceration, institutionalized racism, criminal justice policy, police violence, the collateral consequences of incarceration, health issues in prisons and prison health care systems, impacts of incarceration on women, families and communities, the school to prison nexus, juvenile justice and prevention, disability justice, reentry and post-incarceration health, wrongful conviction and exoneration, and restorative and transformative justice. 


Nemesia P. Kelly, 
Alexandra Hernandez, Elena Lingas, Gayle Cummings, and Obie Anthony. "Replacing the State: The Role of Post-Conviction Attorneys in the Post-Incarceration Lives of California’s Exonerees." LEPH 2019: Fifth International Conference on Law Enforcement & Public Health. October 21 -23, 2019. Edinburgh Scotland. 

Nemesia P. Kelly, Alexandra Hernandez, Elena Lingas, Gayle Cummings, Obie Anthony, and Caitlin Dunklee. "California Exonerees Health and Well-Being Project: Assessing the mental, physical, and emotional health of the wrongfully convicted." LEPH 2018: Fourth International Conference on Law Enforcement & Public Health. October 21 - 24, 2018. Toronto, Canada.

Nemesia P. Kelly,
G. Cummings, D. Wilson, M. Muse. “Perceptions of breast cancer among African
American women.” American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. November 18, 2014. New
Orleans, LA. 

Gayle Cummings, N. Kelly, D. Wilson. “A Collaborative Partnership to Assess Public Health Workforce Needs: Solano County Public Health Department.” National Association of County and City Health Officials (NAACHO) Annual Meeting. July 7-9, 2015. Kansas City, MO.

  • 2017 Touro University California Institutional Research Award Program Grant: "California Exonerees Health and Well-Being Project: Assessing the mental, physical, and emotional health of the wrongfully convicted." Principal Investigator 

  • “Perceptions of breast cancer among African American women:" Conducted analysis of qualitative needs assessment study conducted in Vallejo, CA among African American women which explored and described African American women’s knowledge and attitudes about breast cancer; Conducted literature review; Analyzed and coded three recorded and transcribed 90-minute focus groups conducted over a five-month period (between 11/2010 and 4/2011), each consisting of 8-9 participants totaling to 26 participants in Solano County aged 22-73, which included breast cancer survivors and women who have not had the disease. Descriptive statistics, including counts, proportions and percentages were used to describe study participant characteristics and key variables. Major findings revealed 9 key categories of themes and main findings discussed major barriers to prevention and treatment; Served as lead author on Capstone Project research paper on the findings of the qualitative needs assessment study. The abstract, of the paper, titled "Perceptions of breast cancer among African American women,"was later submitted to American Public Health Association (APHA) and was selected for a poster presentation at the APHA 142nd Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 2014) in New Orleans, LA.
2017 Touro University California Institutional Research Award Program Grant: "California Exoneree Health and Well-Being Project: Assessing the mental, physical, and emotional health of the wrongfully convicted."  
Hernandez, A.L., Green, M., Kelly N., Strouse, C., Mackie, T., Cummings, G., & Lingas E.O. (2019). Developing a Health Equity and Criminal Justice Concentration for a Master of Public Health (MPH) Program: Results From a Needs Assessment Among Community Partners and Potential Employers. Front. Public Health 7:200. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2019.00200

Touro University California                                                             (2009-present)
College of Education and Health Sciences
Public Health Program  

Keck School of Medicine of USC                                                      (1999-2008)
Master of Public Health Program                                                               


Last Updated: 11/1/19