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Stephanie Smith Named 2015 Health Care Hero for Community Outreach

Monday, November 30, 2015

Stephanie Smith, director of community engagement and impact and director of the Center for Healthy Communities in the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS), was recently recognized by the Greater Wilmington Business Journal for her contributions to health care.

Smith is the winner of the 2015 Health Care Heroes Award in the area of community outreach. The Greater Wilmington Business Journal’s awards program honors individuals who are making a significant impact on the quality of health care in the Wilmington area. A panel of judges reviewed nominations submitted from the community to decide the three finalists in each of 10 categories and the winners.

Smith was presented the award on Nov. 21 at an event at Cape Fear Community College’s Union Station. Under Smith’s leadership, CHHS has worked with organizations throughout southeastern North Carolina to initiate a Health Transformation Lecture series, the North Carolina Public Health Training Center and the Southeastern North Carolina Regional Health Collaborative.

The Health Transformation Lecture series is dedicated to bringing leaders to our community to address important issues related to the health of the community. Smith serves as the project manager for the North Carolina Public Health Training Center, located in CHHS. She also serves as the project manager for the Southeastern North Carolina Regional Health Collaborative.

Charles Hardy, dean of the College of Health and Human Services, noted that through her tireless efforts, Smith has facilitated the community engagement and influence of the college.

“Her knowledge, skills, experience and passion to make a difference have positively impacted health and quality of life in our community,” he said.

Also during the event, CHHS nursing students Kristina McCarty and Jessica Brown were presented scholarships.

-- Venita Jenkins

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