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Tamara Estes Savage (PhD Student)

Making Change Happen

Tamara Estes Savage started out her professional life as a microbiologist but soon realized that she wanted to work with people. As a social work practitioner and PhD student, she says the clients and students she works with are an inspiration. “At the toughest times of their lives, they let me go on a journey with them,” she said. “That’s sacred, in a way.”

Savage spent many years serving those in need, from assisting in hospice care to working at a homeless shelter. In the latter position, she was impressed by the teenagers she regularly met with. For example, one teenager had been labeled as “oppositional defiant,” but after a few months, they built up a rapport. Eventually, he came to her and said, “I don’t think we do enough for other people.” He spearheaded a project to visit an assisted living facility every week with other teenagers from the shelter. By making a connection with him, Savage was able to create a space in which he felt heard and could overcome the labels that had been placed on him.

While Savage has worked in many areas of social work, she’s currently focusing on health care issues. In particular, she is looking at kidney dialysis patients’ medication self-management, and disparities in health care access.

Research Interests

Tamara Estes Savage’s current research interests include kidney dialysis patients’ medication self-management, patient navigation and social work, teen dating violence, activism and the Occupy Movement, and case method education with field instructors.

Publications and Presentations

  • Savage, T. (2014, December). Medication adherence and renal disease: a fundamental cause. National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Conference, National Harbor, MD.
  • Savage, T. & Browne, T. (in press). Dialysis rationing and the just allocation of resources: A historical primer. Journal of Nephrology Social Work.
  • Estes, T. & Blundo, R. (2007). Parenting Skills Among African American Mothers and Grandmothers: A Resiliency Perspective. In R. R. Greene (Ed.), Social Work Practice: A Risk and Resilience Perspective (pp.138-158). Australia: Thomson Brooks/Cole.
  • Blundo, R. & Estes, T. (2005). The Peculiarities of Men Aging: A Collection of Anecdotes. Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare. 1, 61-70.
  • Estes, T. (2001). A Parenting/Art Program at Creekwood Housing Development. Grant submitted to and approved by the Landfall Foundation, Wilmington, North Carolina.
  • Savage, T, Cole, J.A. & Smith, C. (2012, March). Social Work, Social Work History & The Occupy Movement. Presented at the NASW-SC Spring Symposium. Columbia, South Carolina. 
  • Savage, T, Cole, J.A. & Smith, C. (2012, April). Social Work, Social Work History & The Occupy Movement. Presented to the Faculty and Students at the College of Social Work by invitation, Columbia, South Carolina.
  • Estes, T., & Blundo, R. (2004, June). Challenging the Hegemony of Parenting Skills Classes: Building on the Strengths of Women in Public Housing. Paper presented at the NASW-NC Annual Clinical Conference. Wilmington, North Carolina.
  • Blundo, R. & Estes, T. (2004, March). The Peculiarities of Men Aging: Reflections and Tales. Paper presented at the National Gerontological Social Work Conference (CSWE). Anaheim, California.
  • Estes, T., & Blundo, R. (2004, February). Challenging the Hegemony of Parenting Skills Classes: Building on the Strengths of Women in Public Housing. Paper presented at the UNCW Department of Social Work Faculty Conference. Wilmington, North Carolina.
  • Estes, T., & Blundo, R. (2002, November). Challenging the Hegemony of Parenting Skills Classes: Building on the Strengths of Women in Public Housing. Paper presented at the 20th Annual Baccalaureate Program Directors’ Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • Estes, T., & Blundo, R. (1999, November). Heterosexism and Pedagogy: A Study of a Baccalaureate Social Work Program. Paper presented at the 17th Annual Baccalaureate Program Directors’ Conference, St. Louis, Missouri.

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