Appointed by: Office of the Kansas Governor
Sharla Smith, Ph.D., MPH, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Health and Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Kansas City with an extensive background in public health research. Her current research focuses on maternal and infant health disparities. Smith is co-founder of Kansas Sisters and Brothers for Healthy Infants, a partnership between the University of Kansas School of Medicine and members of Black Greek Letter Organizations in Wichita, to increase awareness and education on Black Infant Mortality and empower Black Families in Kansas. She is the founder and director of the Kansas Birth Equity Network, a community-centered network that creates equitable solutions to improve Black maternal, paternal and infant health.
Smith has taught in the areas of public health and public health law, health policy and politics, and epidemiology. She holds a Doctoral degree in Health Systems and Services Research with a concentration in Health Economics and Master of Public Health degree in Health Policy and Management from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.