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Sharla A. Smith, Ph.D., MPH

Sharla Smith portrait
Assistant Professor, Sharla Smith, Population Health
ssmith37@kumc.edu

Professional Background

Dr. Sharla Smith completed her Ph.D. in Health Systems and Services Research with a concentration in Health Economics from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 2013. Sharla is a health services and systems researcher whose primary research is maternal and infant health disparities, women cancer disparities, and community engagement. She is the co-founder of Kansas Sisters and Brothers for Healthy Infants and the founder of the Kansas birth equity network. She has experience manipulating large datasets and performing descriptive, cross-sectional, and longitudinal data analysis using SAS and Stata, and conducting social network analysis. In addition, she has over four years of experience in clinical research. Dr. Smith is passionate about developing a culture of birth equity through community engagement, empowerment, and education.

Dr. Smith has experience teaching public health law, public health policy and law, introduction to public health, developing public health interventions, introduction to health policy and politics, and epidemiology. She advises students and has served as a faculty mentor on Master's-level research projects.

Education and Training
  • BS, Biology, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Pine Bluff, Arkansas
  • MPH, Health Policy and Management , University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock , Arkansas
  • PhD, Health Services and Systems Research , University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock , Arkansas
  • Other, Public Health System, The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock , Arkansas
Professional Affiliations
  • Cradle KC, Member, 2019 - Present
  • National Institute for Children's Health Quality, Align National Efforts, State, and Local , Member, 2019 - Present
  • American Public Health Association , Community Health Planning and Policy Development (CHPPD) Section, Member, 2017 - Present
  • Leadership Wichita, Member, 2017 - Present
  • Kansas Sisters and Brothers for Healthy Infants, Co-Founder, 2016 - Present
  • Academy Health -Public Health System Group , Chair Elect, 2007 - Present
  • Academy Health -Public Health System Group , Member, 2007 - Present

Research

Overview

Dr. Smith is a health services and systems researcher whose primary research is maternal and infant health disparities, women cancer disparities, and community engagement. She is the co-founder of Kansas Sisters and Brothers for Healthy Infants and the founder of the Kansas Birth Equity Network.


Current Research and Grants
  • Kansas Health Foundation. Professorship, Kansas Health Foundation, PI
  • Engaging Patients and Diverse Stakeholders of Color to Create Birth Equity: A Collaborative Effort , Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, PI
  • Improving the Quality of Prenatal Care for Low-Income, Urban, Black Women, National Institute of Health, Lung and Blood Institute, PI
  • KU and Sedgwick County Health Department Academic And Professional Cooperation Agreement, Sedgwick County Health Department, Co-PI
  • Project BRA, Susan G Komen Kansas & Western Missouri, PI
  • Tri-city cervical cancer prevention study among women in the justice system, National Cancer Institute, Co-I
Publications
  • Smith, S, Wickliffe, J, Rivera-Newberry, I, Redmond, M, Kelly, PJ, Ramaswamy, M. 2020. A Systematic Evaluation of Barriers and Facilitators to the Provision of Services for Justice-Involved Women. . J Community Health, 45 (6), 1252-1258. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32737745/
  • Redmond, M., L, Smith, S, Collins, T., C. 2020. Exploring African-American womens' experiences with substance use treatment: A review of the literature. Journal of community psychology, 48 (2), 337-350. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7032990/
  • Assimonye, S, M, Glenn, J, Smith, S. 2020. The Changing Health and Social Circumstances of Women Leaving Jails: A Three-year Longitudinal Study. Journal of Clinical and Translational Science, 4(S1), 146-146. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30669935/
  • Smith, SA, Mays, GP, Collins, TC, Ramaswamy, M. 2019. The role of the community health delivery system in the health and well-being of justice-involved women: a narrative review. Health Justice, 7 (12)
  • Emerson, AM, Smith, SA, Lee, J, Kelly, PJ, Ramaswamy, M. 2019. Effectiveness of a Kansas City, Jail-Based Intervention to Improve Cervical Health Literacy and Screening, One-Year Post- Intervention.. American Journal of Health Promotion 2019, 34 (1), 87-90
  • Clifford, D, Marryman, J, Smith, SA. 2019. Health equity in a CASPER inspired community health assessment conducted by a local health department.. Journal of Public Health Management & Practice.
  • Preston, M., A, Mays, G., P, Bursac, Z, Thomas, B., R, Laryea, J, Tilford, J., M, Odlum, M, Smith, S., A, Henry-Tillman, R., S. 2018. Insurance coverage mandates: Impact of physician utilization in moderating colorectal cancer screening rates. American journal of surgery, 215 (6), 1004-1010. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29555083/
  • Smith , Sharla ., A, Mays, Glen , Collins, Tracie , Preston, Michael . 2017. The Provision of Clinical and Non-Clinical Maternal and Child Health Services: Does Public Health Joint Production Matter. Public H Open Acc, 1 (1)
  • Morris, M, Stefanak, M, Filla, J, Hoornbeek, J, Pradhan, R, Smith, SA. 2017. Explaining Consolidation Decisions: Motivations for Recent Local Health Department Consolidations in Ohio. AM J Pub Health
  • Ahlers-Schmidt, C., R, Schunn, C, Redmond, M., L, Smith, S, Brown, M, Kuhlmann, S., N, Engel, M, Benton, M. 2017. Qualitative Assessment of Pregnant Women's Perceptions of Infant Sleep Boxes.. Global pediatric health, 4, 2333794X17744948