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Kia Renee Padgett, MPH, RN


Baccalaureate prepared and professionally trained registered nurse with fifteen years of healthcare experience.

Expert knowledge in critical care nursing, disease management, lifestyle modification coaching, telephonic medical triage, and public health consulting.  

Proven ability to provide high standards of evidence-based, compassionate, and culturally competent healthcare across the lifespan.

Effective community outreach and provision of health education services among a diverse population.

Extensive experience in healthcare staff training and developing quality improvement plans.

Exceptional written and verbal communication skills to promote learning, facilitate understanding, and resolve conflict.

High level of adaptability to rapid organizational changes with strong experience in building and maintaining professional relationships.

Work experience

Feb 2017Present

Synchronized Specialty Registered Nurse

Optum - Population Health Management

Professional Duties

  • Provide comprehensive initial medication consultation with specialty pharmacy members for a combination of pharmacy care services and healthcare management.
  • Utilize data analytics and synchronizes the data with evidence-based care standards to offer members health education and clinical services opportunities with pharmacists, nurses, case managers, and health advocates.
  • Navigate and document in multiple electronic health records and data collection platforms for accuracy and continuity of care.
Jan 2017July 2017

Health Educator

HealthMPowers, Inc.

Professional Duties

  • Participated with lead trainers in facilitating health education workshops, with a focus on nutritional and physical activity principles.
  • Assisted early childcare centers and family childcare learning homes in preparing and submitting wellness policies.
  • Corresponded with Fulton County Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) and Fulton County Annex 466 program staff to mainstream and strategize recruitment and retention efforts.
  • Contacted training attendees to confirm training dates and provide technical assistance. 
  • Maintained and updated spreadsheets, word documents, and calendars with pertinent registration information, using Microsoft Outlook and OneDrive.
Feb 2016Oct 2016

Hypertension and Diabetes Nurse Consultant 

Georgia Department of Public Health

Professional Duties  

  • Assisted the cardiovascular program manager and the diabetes and vision program manager with activities and reporting of performance measures for Cooperative Agreement 1305: State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health, CDC-RFA-DP13-1305.
  • Revised clinical nurse protocols for hypertension and diabetes management in adults. 
  • Developed a quality improvement plan and quality assurance standards for hypertension and diabetes nurse protocols.
  • Collaborated with the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University on the development of a didactic program to train public health nurses, prior to implementation of the hypertension and diabetes nurse protocols.
  • Identified medical equipment needs and allocated resources through the state procurement process.
  • Developed a fee-schedule for diabetes management using the Georgia Medicaid Management Information System (GAMMIS) portal.
  • Created patient education brochures for hypertension, diabetes, healthy eating habits using the DASH eating plan, and physical activity.
  • Served as a hypertension and diabetes subject matter expert to health care professionals and program managers in the Georgia Department of Public Health, local partners, and national networks.
  • Created and delivered in-person and webinar presentations to a variety of audiences on hypertension and diabetes management.
  • Served as a nurse planner for the state office of nursing to facilitate educational activities and completed application packets for nursing continuing education credits.
  • Reviewed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant applications and prepared technical review documents. 
  • Completed training and obtained a certificate through the Diabetes Training and Technical Assistance Center (DTTAC) at Emory University to develop national, state, or community-based Diabetes Prevention Programs (DPP).
Jun 2012Oct 2015

Telephonic Medical Advice Registered Nurse

Kaiser Permanente Georgia - Atlanta, GA

Professional Duties

  • Performed detailed telephonic triage and assessments of beneficiaries for the adult medicine, pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology departments.
  • Utilized evidence-based practice guidelines in accordance with departmental quality assurance processes to determine appropriate level of care and appropriate access of medical facilities.   
  • Acted as primary liaison between patients and the primary health care team, HUB emergency physicians, various specialists, referral department, case management department and the quantitative risk management department to identify care gaps, escalate complex care cases for further medical review, coordinate care and access services with community partners.
  • Utilized the EPIC electronic medical records for clinical documentation, medication reconciliation, placing orders, and chart review.
  • Provided explanation of lab results, radiology results and provider plan of care.
  • Excelled as a resource nurse and preceptor for multiple skill-sets and specialties, and active member of the Planning, Implementation, and Performance (PIP) Committee.  
Jul 2011Oct 2012

Clinical Staff Registered Nurse

Atlanta Medical Center - Atlanta, GA

Professional Duties

  • Monitored and managed high acuity medical intensive care patients with diagnoses of acute and chronic diseases including myocardial infarction, cerebral vascular accidents, hyperglycemic coma, end stage disease processes related to HIV/AIDS, arrhythmias, gastrointestinal bleeds, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, respiratory failure and acute respiratory disease, sepsis and multi-symptom organ failure, acute and chronic kidney disease.
  • Vast knowledge of infectious disease identification, treatment procedures, and infection control practices, and advanced pharmacology.
Mar 2010Jun 2011

Senior Staff Nurse

Grady Memorial Hospital - Atlanta, GA 

Professional Duties

  • Assisted in data collection for the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Registry.
  • Provided assistance in the development of unit specific ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke nursing protocols. 
  • Performed charge nurse and preceptor duties including coordinating direct admissions, intra-hospital transfers into the Neuro Intensive Care Unit and the Neuro step down unit.
Sep 2009Sep 2010

Medical Advice Registered Nurse

WellPoint - Atlanta, GA

Professional Duties

  • Performed symptom-specific telephonic triage to identify acute health care needs, determine a plan of care, and organize care coordination. 
  • Utilized clinical practice guidelines, department-approved and evidence based online-medical resources to provide health plan members with general health information and health information to promote adherence and safety. 
  • Coordinated after­-hours admission and pre- authorization information for utilization review.
Mar 2007Mar 2008

Disease Management Registered Nurse

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois - Chicago, IL 

Professional Duties

  • Completed telephonic semi-structured questionnaires with Blue Cross and Blue Shield members who were selected for participation in the chronic disease management program through claims data - related to one or more chronic illnesses and adverse lifestyle factors including diabetes, hypertension, congestive heart failure, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, weight management, smoking cessation and depression.
  • Educated patients regarding dietary considerations, prescribed medication regimen, individual health goals in a voluntary disease management and monitoring program for a nine- month period.  
Jun 2005Aug 2009

Clinical Staff Registered Nurse

John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County - Chicago, IL

Professional Duties

  • Provided professional nursing care for patients admitted to the Cook County Hospital Level 1 Trauma unit:  12­-bed trauma intensive care unit, a 14-bed trauma observation unit and 20­-bed trauma resuscitation area equipped with a trauma bey/shock rooms.
  • Expert management of artificial airways with ventilator support, invasive bedside procedures, hemodynamic monitoring, titration of vasoactive medications and Level 1 Rapid Infuser.
  • Provided compassionate and culturally sensitive palliative care, end­ of­ life care and family support.
Dec 2004May 2005

Clinical Staff Registered Nurse

Northwestern Memorial Hospital - Chicago, IL­

Professional Duties

  • Provided critical care clinical management of patients diagnosed with cerebral hemorrhages, cerebral tumors, AVM malformations, ischemic cerebral events, spinal tumors, and spinal cord injuries.
  • Collected patient data during unit-based research studies for the Vigilance biomedical device for continuous cardiac output and hemodynamic monitoring.
  • Ability to interpret arterial blood gas readings, identify acid-base imbalances and suggest appropriate recommendations for correction/treatment.
Sep 2002Sep 2004

Clinical Staff Registered Nurse

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, PA

Professional Duties

  • Successfully completed the Gateway to Critical Care Program as a new-to-practice nurse; participated in a 20-week program consisting of classroom instruction, clinician-supervised skill workshops in simulation labs, and an additional 14-week structured clinical experience at staged levels in the intensive care unit.
  • Provided complex clinical nursing care to a wide variety of postoperative neurosurgical patients, patients prior to organ donation and post operative patients status post kidney, liver and pancreas transplantation.  
  • Proficient use of biomedical equipment for invasive cardiac output and hemodynamic monitoring, brain tissue perfusion, capnography, biospectral index monitoring of depth of sedation, monitoring of intracranial pressure and cerebral ventricular drainage.



    Masters of Public Health

    Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health

    Atlanta, GA


    Bachelors of Science in Nursing

    Villanova University, College of Nursing

    Villanova, PA



    Basic Life Support

    American Heart Association

    Professional Registered Nurse

    Georgia State Board of Nursing

    License Number: RN203593


    Sara Byers, MS, Jean O’Connor, JD, MPH, DrPH, Kia Powell-Threets, MS, Brittany Taylor, MPH, Kia Padgett, BSN, and K. Melissa Hallow, PhD (August 2017).  Analysis of hypertension control rates among participants in the Georgia Hypertension Management and Outreach Program.  Journal of the Georgia Public Health Association. 

    Academic and Professional Presentations

    Padgett, K (March 2017).  Masters Thesis Defense. The Breathe Easy Telehealth Program: A Project-Based Grant Proposal Thesis to Improve Asthma Management among Elementary and Middle School Children in Louisiana. Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. Thesis Committee: Blais, L., Caudle, W., Rutz, D., Salgado, S., Westfall, D.

    Padgett, K. (March 2016 - November 2016). Practicum Experience and Poster Presentation: Evaluation of Early Child Care Center Policies in Fulton County, Georgia.  Practicum Site:  HealthMPowers and the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) Program. Practicum Advisor: Stevenson, E.

    Ayantunji, R., Gitukui, S., Lyles, F., Padgett, K., Williams, D. (November 2016) Public Health Communications Campaign: Colorectal Cancer Screening (CRC) of African-American Men (Ages 50 or Older). Emory University Rollins School of Public Health.  PRS538D:  Community Needs Assessment.

    Padgett, K., Smith, A. (June 2016). Type 1 Diabetes.  .Georgia Department of Public Health. Division of Maternal Child Health. Children Medical Services.  

    Padgett, K. (April 2016). Teachings and Tools for Correct Blood Pressure Management - Webinar.  Georgia Clinical Transformation Team.

    Padgett, K., Odama, U., Sattar, S. (April 2016). External Review and Evaluation Report: Eagle Ranch. Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. PRS 575D: Planning and Performance Measures for Non-Profits.

    Padgett, K. (February 2016). Undiagnosed Hypertension - Webinar.  Georgia Clinical Transformation Team.  

    Battles, N., Bell-Banks, C., Gitukui, S., Knight, T., Meyers, S., Padgett, K., Taawab, N. (November 2015). Community Needs Assessment - Shelby County, Tennessee.  Emory University Rollins School of Public Health.  PRS538D:  Community Needs Assessment.

    Ayantunji, R., Gitukui, S., Greenlea-Taylor, J., Illieva-Hughes, E., Padgett, K., (July 2015). Evaluation Plan Proposal for the North Georgia Integrated Health Network.  Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. PRS 540D: Conduct of Evaluation Research.  

    Padgett, K. (May 2015).  A Podcast for HPV Vaccination Education.  Emory University Rollins School of Public Health.  PRS 501D: Technology Tools for Public Health.

    Green, S., Padgett, K., Rice, M., Shephard, L., Wirtz, L. (March 2015). Obstetrics and Gynecology Advice Nurse Workflow and OB/GYN A-Z List.  Kaiser Permanente Georgia.  Advice Nurse Call Center.

    Padgett, K. (January 2008). Congestive Heart Failure - Disease Management Nurse Workflow.  Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois. Disease Management Department.

    Professional Organizations

    American Association of Diabetes Educators

    American Nurses Association

    American Public Health Association 

    Georgia Nurses Association

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