Kim L. Hayes

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Kim L. Hayes serves as the Program Associate of the Southern Black Policy and Advocacy Network in Dallas, Texas.  In this role Ms. Hayes supports SBPAN’s strategic objective to focus the energy and resources of the Black health equity social and economic justice movement by providing highly skilled operational leadership, project management, and event planning for the organization’s Southern Black HIV/AIDS Network.

Prior to her position with SBPAN, Ms. Hayes became involved with non-profits during her undergraduate career at Oklahoma State University where she found a deep appreciation for public service organizations that sought to promote justice and empower marginalized communities. She took great pride in being a leader in her collegiate community where she served as the president of the OSU chapter of Young Democrats and the OSU chapter of Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature. Her involvement was not only on campus however, she spent her senior year volunteering on gubernatorial campaigns and with the Oklahoma Young Democrats.

Kim’s undergraduate research focused on the intersectionality between economic disparity and race, both in the United States and abroad. Her latest research sought to explain one of the many relationships between weak political institutions and the likelihood of facing widespread infectious disease, particularly during the 2014 west African Ebola outbreak where she was able to link social factors such as civil war to the rapid spread of infectious disease. Her interest in global health intertwined with her Africana Studies minor has shaped her dedication correcting the politics of public health policy.

Ms. Hayes is a native of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a focus on Africana Studies and Religion. In her free time Ms. Hayes is an avid reader of science fiction and fantasy novels.