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, reproductive 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
Structural Racism and Adverse Birth Outcomes in the US South: A Multigenerational
Perspective Funder: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIH R01)
Comparing Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs about Differing Models of Pharmacist-Prescribed
Contraception in Central Appalachia Funder: ETSU Research Development Committee
Evaluation of the South Carolina Choose Well Initiative Funder: Private Foundation
Providing Evaluation Result Dissemination to Support Programmatic Sustainability (Choose
Well Evaluation Supplemental Grant) Funder: Private Foundation
Addition of a Midline Clinic-Level Survey in Support of Choose Well’s Six Year Plan
(Choose Well Evaluation Supplemental Grant) Funder: Private Foundation
Two Year Extension of the Choose Well Evaluation (Choose Well Evaluation Supplemental
Grant) Funder: Private Foundation
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
Mann AK, Khoury AJ, McCartt P, Smith MG, Hale NL, Beatty KE, Johnson L. Multi-level Influences on Providers’ Delivery of
Contraceptive Services: A Qualitative Thematic Analysis. Women’s Health Reports. 2022
[accepted for publication].
Smith MG, Hale NL, Kelley S, Satterfield K, Beatty KE, Khoury AJ. South Carolina Choose Well
Initiative to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy: Rationale, Implementation Design, and Evaluation
Methodology. American Journal of Public Health. 2022 [accepted for publication].
Manalew WS, Hale NL, Leinaar E, Sen P, Smith MG, Khoury AJ. Medicaid Cost Savings from Provision of Contraception to Female Beneficiaries
in South Carolina, 2012-2018. Population Health Management. 2022 [accepted for publication].
Hale N, Tatro K, Orimaye SO, Smith M, Meit M, Beatty KE, Khoury A. Changes in adolescent birth rates within Appalachian
subregions and non-Appalachian counties in the United States, 2012–2018. J Appalach
Beatty KE, Smith MG, Khoury AJ, Ventura LM, Ariyo T, de Jong J, Surles K, Rahman A, Slawson D. Telehealth
for Contraceptive Care During the Initial Months of the COVID-19 Pandemic at Local
Health Departments in 2 US States: A Mixed-Methods Approach. J Public Health Manag
Pract. 2022 May-Jun 01;28(3):299-308.
Ventura LM, Beatty KE, Khoury AJ, Smith MG, Ariyo O, Slawson DL, Weber AJ. Contraceptive Access at Federally Qualified Health
Centers During the South Carolina Choose Well Initiative: A Qualitative Analysis of
Staff Perceptions and Experiences. Womens Health Rep (New Rochelle). 2021 Dec 15;2(1):608-620.
Hale N, Manalew WS, Leinaar E, Smith M, Sen B, Sharma P, Khoury A. Contraceptive Use and Pregnancy Outcomes Among Women
Enrolled in South Carolina Medicaid Programs. Matern Child Health J. 2021 Dec;25(12):1960-1971.
Soelaeman RH, Smith MG, Sahay K, Tilford JM, Goodenough D, Paramsothy P, Ouyang L, Oleszek J, Grosse SD.
Labor market participation and productivity costs for female caregivers of minor male
children with Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophies. Muscle and Nerve. 2021;64(6):717-725.
Soim A, Wallace B, Whitehead N, Smith MG, Mann J, Thomas S, Ciafaloni E. Health profile of preterm males with Duchenne Muscular
Dystrophy. Journal of Child Neurology. 2021;36(12):1095-1102.
Okwori G, Smith MG, Beatty K, Khoury A, Ventura L, Hale N. Geographic differences in contraception provision
and utilization among federally funded family planning clinics in South Carolina and
Alabama. Journal of Rural Health. 2021 [epub ahead of print].
Ariyo O, Khoury AJ, Smith MG, Leinaar E, Odebunmi OO, Slawson DL, Hale NL. From training to implementation: improving
contraceptive practices in South Carolina. Contraception. 2021;104(2):155-158.
Beatty KE, Smith MG, Khoury AJ, Zheng S, Ventura LM, Okwori G. Accessibility of federally funded family
planning services in South Carolina and Alabama. Preventive Medicine Reports. 2021;22:
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
2020 Dean’s Special Recognition Award, East Tennessee State University, College of Public
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.