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Kaleigh Emerson

Kaleigh Emerson

Research Associate

University of Texas at Austin

Travis County, TX

Master of Public Health





The Gem

General Manager

Ensure all operational aspects of business run smoothly. Provide the highest quality customer service, educate consumers about products, monitor inventory and manage money, and encourage creativity and employee morale.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Presidential Management Fellow

Joined the federal agency through the Presidential Management Fellowship (2010-2012), a prestigious and highly competitive (9% of applicants were selected as finalists) training program. Consistently demonstrated inter-department and inter-agency collaboration by serving on numerous committees and workgroups.

I've served in a variety of roles, including Medicare financial management, rural health policy, and Affordable Care Act outreach and education. Most recently, I serve as a region representative for the Comphrensive Primary Care Initiative. The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) leads this four-year, multi-payer initiative designed to strengthen primary care and improve population health while reducing health care costs. Manage partnerships with senior-level partners in private and public health insurance entities, healthcare providers, major health systems, and regional health improvement organizations.

Career medium 05

Global Diabetes Research Center at Emory University

Graduate Research Assistant

Research Assistant for the South Asian Health and Prevention Education study, a mixed-methods study that utilized quantitative and qualitative research methods to create a culturally-appropriate nutrition and physical activity program for South Asians in Atlanta.

Career medium 04

Island Food Community of Pohnpei

Visiting Researcher

Practicum experience with a community-based organization that provides education and outreach about local foods and their role in reducing diabetes and malnutrition rates in the Pacific.

Career medium 04

Emory University

MPH, Global Health

Texas Lutheran University

BS (cum laude), Psychology, International Studies, Minor: Biology