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
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
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
Orimaye SO, Hale N, Leinaar E, Smith MG, Khoury A. Adolescent birth rates and rural-urban differences by levels of deprivation
and health professional shortage areas in the United States, 2017-2018. American Journal
of Public Health. 2021;111:136-144.
Hale N, Smith MG, Baker K, Khoury A. Contraceptive use patterns among women of reproductive age in
two Southeastern states. Women’s Health Issues. 2020:30(6):436-445.
Fleischer NL, Abshire C, Margerison CE, Nitcheva D, Smith MG. The South Carolina multigenerational linked birth dataset: developing social mobility
measures across generations to understand racial/ethnic disparities in adverse birth
outcomes in the US South. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 2018. doi: 10.1007/s10995-018-02695-z.
[Epub ahead of print].
Hale N, Beatty KE, Smith M. The intersection of residence, community vulnerability, and premature mortality.
Journal of Rural Health. 2018. doi: 10.1111/jrh.12318. [Epub ahead of print].
Soim A, Smith MG, Kwon JM, Mann JR, Thomas S, Ciafaloni E, and the Muscular Dystrophy Surveillance,
Tracking, and Research Network (MD STARnet). Is there a delay in diagnosis of Duchenne
Muscular Dystrophy among preterm-born makes? Journal of Child Neurology. 2018:33(8):537-545.
Hale NL, Smith M, Khoury AJ. Use of highly effective reversible contraception in Title X clinics:
variation by selected state characteristics. Women’s Health Issues. 2018:28(4). [Selected as Editor’s Choice]
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. 2017:12(1):76.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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,
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,
AWARDS AND HONORS
2005 Robert V. Hogg Award for Mathematical Statistics – Presbyterian College,Department
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
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,
2017 Special Contribution Award, South Carolina Birth Outcomes Initiative
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.
Spending time with my beautiful family, fishing, reading, and repairing fences and
other important infrastructure that our horses enjoy breaking.