Faculty & Staff at TUC
Department: Public Health Program
Title: Assistant Professor
Phone: (707) 638-5827
Fax: (707) 638-5871
Office: Wilderman Hall, Rm. 403
Nemesia Kelly is an Assistant Professor in the Public Health (PH) Program in the College
of Education and Health Sciences. She has 19 years of experience working in higher
education and graduate academic programs in public health. After receiving her Master
of Public Health from Touro University California (TUC) in 2013, Ms. Kelly became
the Public Health Field Study Coordinator for the PH Program at TUC. Currently, she
is co-developing a new Community Health Track Emphasis in Health Equity and Criminal
Justice. Ms. Kelly is the Course Coordinator for the first course offering of the
new track emphasis to be offered in spring 2019: Criminal Justice and Public Health
(PBHC 633). Ms. Kelly also serves as the Public Health Practice Manager of the Program's Center for Workforce Development & Public Health Practice. Her other job responsibilities involve MPH program accreditation; data management;
and coordinating processes for monitoring, evaluating, and assessing the program’s
effectiveness in serving its various constituencies and for ongoing planning and decision
making to achieve its mission.
Ms. Kelly's research interests are: Cancer Disparities; Health Inequities; Social Determinants of Health; Qualitative Research; Mass Incarceration; Health Equity and Criminal Justice; Bail and Sentencing Reform; Criminal Justice Policy and Decarceration; Police Violence as a Public Health Issue; Carceral Justice; Wrongful Convictions and Incarceration; Exoneree Rights; Impacts of Incarceration on Families and Communities; Collateral Consequences of Incarceration; Incarceration Prevention, Restorative Justice; School to Prison Pipeline.
Master of Public Health, Touro University California - 2013
Bachelor of Music, California State University, Los Angeles - 2003
PBHC 600-2, 4, 6: Public Health Field Experience
PBHC 600A: Field Study Continuation Course
PBHC 633: Criminal Justice in Public Health
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." Fourth International Conference on Law Enforcement & Public Health (LEPH) Conference. 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
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.RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
- 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.
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