M. Aaron Guest, MPH, MSW

Elected Member

Aaron Guest

Elected November 2015
Term Ending: November 2019
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M. Aaron Guest is an environmental gerontologist whose research interests lie at the nexus of social and built environments. Specifically, he focuses on the relationship between marginalized older adults’ social networks, activity spaces, and health.

Academic Roles: Guest is currently a PhD candidate in gerontology within the Graduate Center for Gerontology at the University of Kentucky. He received his Master of Public Health in health promotion, education, and behavior, Master of Social Work in organizations and communities, and Graduate Certificates in gerontology and health communication from the University of South Carolina. He is a licensed social worker and holds the Certified in Public Health designation.

His work draws from his interdisciplinary background in working as a community-engaged scholar. His research focuses on how marginalized, particularly LGBT, rural older adults’ social networks affect their health and quality of life. He applies his interdisciplinary background as a community-based scholar to address health inequities, improve health equity, and improve health outcomes through decreasing disparities among rural older adults, especially in Appalachia.

Aaron has been involved in APHA through the Student Assembly, the Aging & Public Health Section, the Environment Section, the Health Communication Working Group, the Public Health Education & Health Promotion Section, and the Human Rights Forum. He is also a member of several APHA associated groups including the Community-Based Public Health Caucus, the LGBT Caucus of Public Health Professionals, the Academic Public Health Caucus, and the Caucus on Homelessness.

State and National Roles: Guest is a member of his local Affiliate, the Kentucky Public Health Association. Aaron is also an active member of the Gerontological Society of America, the American Society on Aging, the Accreditation for Gerontology Education Council, the National Association of Social Workers and holds membership in several honor societies.

Guest resides in Lexington, Kentucky.