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Kia Renee Padgett, MPH, RN

Registered Nurse | Health Educator | Nurse Consultant

Professional Summary

Dynamic and energetic healthcare leader with sixteen years of experience in acute care, administrative,  and community health settings.

Proven ability to provide high standards of evidence-based, compassionate, and culturally competent care among a diverse population.

Effective client and community outreach for the provision of preventive health services and chronic disease management.

Extensive experience in developing protocols, policies, continuous quality improvement, sustainability plans, and program evaluation.

Proficient in grant writing and review for non-profit organizations, state and federal government agencies – both program and capital requests. 

High level of adaptability to rapid organizational changes with a strong ability to build and maintain professional relationships.

Work experience

March 2018Oct 2018

Contractor - Lead Health Educator

Diabetes Association of Atlanta

Professional Duties

Responsible for site recruitment, participant retention, needs assessment, health education, prevention and management strategies, medical nutrition therapy, participant follow-up, and reporting for adolescents and adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Instructs 1:1 and group self management education for Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes, prediabetes, and heart health workshops across 8 sites and 162  participants in Fulton, Dekalb, and Cobb counties.

Consults with the executive director on all clinical and health education matters, programmatic aims, funding opportunities, and capacity building. 

Feb 2017Present

Synchronized Specialty Registered Nurse

Optum/UnitedHealth Group - Population Health Management  - Atlanta, GA

Professional Duties

Coaches members with infectious disease, chronic disease, oncology, and auto-immune, diagnoses utilizing specialty medication consultations .

Employs data analytics, health benefit grids, and evidence-based care standards in referring members to multidisciplinary clinical services. 

Jan 2017July 2017

Contractor - Lead Health Educator

HealthMPowers, Inc. - Atlanta, GA 

Professional Duties 

Assisted early childcare centers and family childcare learning homes in preparing and submitting wellness policies with a focus on nutritional and physical activity principles.

Systematized with Fulton County Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) and Fulton County Annex 466 communication, retention, and recruitment efforts among 61 sites. 

Feb 2016Oct 2016

Hypertension and Diabetes Nurse Consultant 

Georgia Department of Public Health - Atlanta, GA

Professional Duties  

Guided the cardiovascular program manager and the diabetes and vision program manager with program 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.

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. 

Managed eight registered nurses and assisted five non-clinical patient care coordinators with de-escalation matters and appropriate clinical judgement, as evening shift team lead

Functioned as primary liaison between patients and network providers to identify care gaps, escalate complex care cases for further medical review, coordinate care and access services with community partners.

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, diabetes ketoacidosis, 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.

Mar 2010Jun 2011

Senior Staff Nurse

Grady Memorial Hospital - Atlanta, GA 

Professional Duties

Supervised night-shift nursing operations and monitoring activities of four to eight registered nurses to ensure quality care to patients.

Assisted in data collection for the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Registry.

Demonstrated strong clinical judgement in the care of patients with ischemic stroke and hemorrhagic stroke. 

Performed charge nurse and preceptor duties including coordinating direct admissions, intra-hospital transfers into the 40-bed Neuro Intensive Care Unit and the Neuro step down unit.

Sep 2009Sep 2010

Medical Advice Registered Nurse

WellPoint - Atlanta, GA

Professional Duties

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. 

Mar 2007Mar 2008

Disease Management Registered Nurse

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois - Chicago, IL 

Professional Duties

Completed telephonic semi-structured questionnaires with members whom participated in the chronic disease management program through claims data.

Provided prevention and management information for the following conditions: diabetes, hypertension, congestive heart failure, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, weight management, smoking cessation and depression.

Maintained an 80% member engagement during the 9-month program.

Jun 2005Aug 2009

Clinical Staff Registered Nurse

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

Professional Duties

Performed complex critical care nursing care with management of artificial airways with ventilator support, invasive bedside procedures, hemodynamic monitoring, titration of vasoactive medications, and Level 1 Rapid Infuser.

Supervised three registered nurses, two licensed practical nurses, and paraprofessional personnel in the Trauma Step-down Unit.

Performed staff scheduling, medication reconciliation, chart audits, performance improvement plans, and night-shift staff training.   

Interpreted arterial blood gas readings, identify acid-base imbalances and suggested appropriate recommendations for correction/treatment.

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.

Sep 2002Sep 2004

Clinical Staff Registered Nurse

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, PA

Professional Duties

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.


    May 2017

    Masters of Public Health                                                                                                Concentration in Prevention Science

    Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health - Atlanta, GA
    September 2002

    Bachelors of Science in Nursing                                                                              Concentration in General Nursing Studies

    Villanova University, College of Nursing - Villanova, PA


    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. "Analysis of hypertension control rates among participants in the Georgia Hypertension Management and Outreach Program".  Journal of the Georgia Public Health Association. Vol. 7, No. 1 (2017) ISSN: 2471-9773.

    Academic and Professional Presentations

    Alexander, B., Padgett, K. (September 2018) Aging with Dignity: Strategies to Improve the Health Outcomes of Seniors. Oral session presented at the State of Black Health Conference: In Pursuit of Health Equity. 

    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 Nurses Association

    American Public Health Association