Ashley Smith Named Public Health Champion
In recognition of her commitment and contributions toward building healthy communities, Ashley Smith (expected graduation May 2017) has been recognized by the Ohio Public Health Association (OPHA) as a 2016 public health champion.
Ashley collects and analyzes data for the YMCA Summit County implementation of A Coordinated Approach to Child Health, or CATCH. She also conducts program evaluation of CATCH activities. In addition to her work with the YMCA, Ashley is a graduate research assistant for Dr. Jeffrey Hallam, professor in Social and Behavioral Sciences and Interim Associate Dean for Research in the College of Public Health.
“Improving national health must start locally. I believe that preventative measures can influence most, if not all, of the current leading health indicators, such as obesity, substance abuse, and tobacco,” Ashley said. “If we focused more of our efforts on prevention, then many health issues would not progress as quickly, or could become eradicated all together.”