Elisa Childs (LCSW) obtained both her BSW and MSW from Middle Tennessee State University. She has several years of health care experience, most recently working as a hospice social worker in her hometown of San Diego, CA. Elisa’s doctoral research surrounds increasing health care access for older adults living in rural areas, particularly examining the intersection of quality and access. Recognized for her commitment to the fields of aging, health care, and the social sciences, Elisa was awarded the honor of Pre-Dissertation Doctoral Fellow by the Association of Gerontology Education in Social Work. Additionally, Elisa currently works as a Research Assistant for the University of Iowa’s Center for Public Health Evaluation and Research. In this role, Elisa evaluates CDC-funded chronic disease public health programs, with a specific focus on increasing access and eliminating disparities related to social determinants of health.
geriatric healthcare; maximizing the quality of life for older adults with a specific focus in increasing the accessibility of healthcare for older adults living in rural areas; geriatric social policy; chronic disease prevention and health promotion; public health evaluation research