Emily Starnes

Public Health Intern

Emily Starnes

Emily Starnes is a summer intern for AUCD's Public Health Department. She is a second-year Master of Public Health (MPH) candidate from the University of Georgia (UGA). She is also currently working on her Disability Studies Certificate through UGA's UCEDD, the Institute on Human Development and Disability. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with a minor in Biological Sciences. from the University of Tennessee.

Emily's educational focus is on improving health literacy and communication skill of self-advocates as they transition from pediatric to adult health services. This interest combines both her professional passions and background as a person with a disability and sibling to a brother with significant complex care needs. She hopes to continue working on public health initiatives focused on health disparities/equity and healthcare access concerns within the disability community after graduating from UGA in December 2019. In her free time, Emily enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, martial arts, and watching movies. Life is a journey, and she will gladly go wherever it leads!


Image Description

A white woman wears a sleeveless green shirt and smiles directly to the camera. She has green eyes and short brown hair with some blonde highlights. She stands in front of some bushes, trees, and pink flowers.

"Talk to Me About" Key Words

  • Health Literacy and Communication
  • Healthcare Transition

Areas of Interest

  • Health Literacy
  • Health Equity and Access
  • Health Transition