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Sharla Smith, PhD  

Consultant, Researcher & Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Health and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Kansas City

Dr. Sharla Smith is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Health and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Kansas City. Dr. Smith is a health services and systems researcher that has been working in public health since 2006. Her current research focuses on Black maternal and infant health and community engagement.

Dr. Smith is the co-founder of the Kansas Sisters and Brothers for Healthy Infants, a partnership between the University of Kansas School of Medicine and members of Black Greek Letter Organizations, that aims to increase awareness and education on Black infant mortality. Dr. Smith 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 in Kansas. Dr. Smith has designed a birth equity implicit bias and anti-racism training that elevates the voices of Black mothers and fathers and creates awareness of racial disparities in medicine and the community.

Speech Topics


  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Birth Equity
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Health Care Systems
  • Implicit Bias
  • Anti-Racism

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