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College of Public Health

Michael Smith

Michael G. Smith

Research Assistant Professor/Project Director, Choose Well Evaluation Study
Department of Health Services Management and Policy

Contact:

423-439-4443 /  
Sam Wilson Hall, Room 148



EDUCATION

DrPH, Biostatistics (Focus Area: Epidemiologic and Evaluation Methods)
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 

MSPH, Biostatistics
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

BS, Mathematics
Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC

RESEARCH FOCUS

Maternal and child health, infant mortality prevention, children and youth with special health care needs, public health disparities, development and implementation of public health surveillance systems, study design, causal inference, non-parametric statistical methods

FUNDED RESEARCH PROJECTS

South Carolina Muscular Dystrophy Surveillance, Tracking, and Research Network

Funder: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Fiscal Constraints and Access to Reproductive Health Services in South Carolina
Funder: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 

Three State Rare Conditions Surveillance System
Funder: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Measuring the Effects of Public/Private Transition of Pediatric Preventive Services on Unmet Need among Medicaid Eligible Children
Funder: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Liu J, Smith MG, Dobre MA, Ferguson JE. Maternal obesity and breast-feeding practices among white and black women. Obesity 2010;18(1):175-182.

Smith MG, Liu J, Helms KH, Wilkerson KL. Racial differences in trends and predictors of infant sleep positioning in South Carolina, 1996-2007. Maternal and Child Health Journal 2012;16(1):72-82.

Ma X, Liu J, Smith M. WIC participation and breastfeeding in South Carolina: updates from PRAMS 2009-2010. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 2014;18(5):1271-1279.

Hale NL, Smith MG, Hardin J, Martin A. Rural populations and EPSDT services: challenges and opportunities for local public health departments. American Journal of Public Health. 2015;105 Supl 2:S330-336.

Hale NL, Smith MG, Hardin J. Changes in the clinical capacity of local health departments and continuity of reproductive health services. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. 2016;22(2):204-2011.

Reichard A, McDermott S, Ruttenber M, Mann J, Smith MG, Royer J, Valdez R. Testing the feasibility of a surveillance system for multiple rare conditions simultaneously: the experience in three USA states. JMIR Public Health and Surveillance. 2016;2(2):e151.

Smith MG, Royer J, Mann JR, McDermott S. Using administrative data to ascertain true cases of muscular dystrophy: rare disease surveillance. JMIR Public Health and Surveillance. 2017;3(1):e2.

Smith MG, Royer J, Mann JR, McDermott S, Valdez R. Capture-recapture methodology to study rare conditions using surveillance data for fragile X syndrome and muscular dystrophy. Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases [in press].

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

Sutton SR, Smith MG, Nitcheva DK, Simpson KW. The quality of birth data in South Carolina: comparing birth certificate data to abstracted medical records. Council of State and Territorial Epidemiology Conference 2013, Pasadena, CA.

Smith MG. Safe sleep data and efforts in South Carolina [keynote presentation]. South Carolina Safe Sleep Summit 2014, Columbia, SC.

Smith MG. Preterm birth and infant mortality in South Carolina: a focus on racial and geographic disparities. South Carolina Health Coordinating Council, 2014, Columbia, SC.

Smith MG. Using clinical data to inform public health interventions in South Carolina. Maternal and Child Health Symposium at the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiology Conference 2015, Boston, MA.

Smith MG, Hale NL. Changes in clinical capacity in local health departments and continuation of reproductive health services. CityMatCH Conference 2015, Salt Lake City, UT.

Smith MG. Practice based commentary on the implications of research into local health department clinic retraction and reproductive health services utilization and outcomes. Research-in-Progress Webinar Bridging Health and Health Care. 2015.

Smith MG, Lynes C, Heidari K. Developing and implementing a child health assessment survey in South Carolina. National Association of Chronic Disease Directors webinar series, 2016.

Smith MG, Royer J, Mann J, McDermott S, Valdez R. Predicting true cases of muscular dystrophy using administrative data. Maternal and Child Health Symposium at the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiology Conference 2016, Anchorage, AK.

Smith MG, Hardin JW, Fleischer N, Hale NL, Geraci M. Impact of fetal deaths on the association between hospital level and neonatal mortality. CityMatCH Conference 2016, Philadelphia, PA.

AWARDS AND HONORS

2005
Robert V. Hogg Award for Mathematical Statistics – Presbyterian College,Department of Mathematics

2007
United States Public Health Service Public Health Traineeship, University of South Carolina,
Arnold School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Delta Omega National Public Health Honor Society – Mu Chapter, University of South Carolina

2008
Best Abstract Award – 2008 PRAMS National Meeting

2016
Outstanding Biostatistics Student – University of South Carolina
Arnold School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Award for Early Career Professional Achievement
The Coalition for Excellence in MCH Epidemiology,
presented at the 2016 CityMatCH Leadership and MCH Epidemiology Conference, Philadelphia, PA

2017
Special Contribution Award, South Carolina Birth Outcomes Initiative

PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT

Director, Division of Research and Planning, Bureau of Maternal and Child Health, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. 

Maternal and Child Health Epidemiologist, Bureau of Maternal and Child Health, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. 

PRAMS Survey Coordinator, Office of Public Health Statistics and Information Services, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Spending time with my beautiful family, fishing, reading, and repairing fences and other important infrastructure that our horses enjoy breaking. 

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