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Seeing the World as a Network – Jason Smith

by on February 17, 2014

jbsJBS Taj 2-11I have made a new request of people providing info for these short descriptions: a photo of when you first began working in public health, or when you were in college. Jason Smith is the first to come through on this. Left is a photo of late 1970s (I’m guessing) Jason. Compare that now to 21st century global health Jason (below at the Taj Mahal).

Jason grew up in Rochester, NY. He got a BA in Social Sciences from Nazareth College of Rochester, and an MPH and PhD in Health Behavior from UNC Chapel Hill. On the way, he held a variety of interesting jobs, including: stone cutter (marble and slate), a musician and painter in France, and a case worker in a locked, inpatient psychiatric ward.

His first and longest stint in public health was with FHI. There he worked on introducing the female condom into brothel-based peer education programs in Bangladesh, and on the Averting Maternal Death and Disability project, which changed the way the world addresses the problem of maternal mortality. In 2010, while Director of Research Utilization, he made the move to MEASURE Evaluation. As Deputy Director, for KM, CB, and DDU, Jason’s responsibilities are wide-ranging, requiring the broad set of skills and deep experience that he brings. His many skills and wisdom are invaluable to the Project.

Jason is married to Paige Hall Smith, Director on UNC-Greensboro’s Center for Women’s Health and Wellness. Their daughter, Nora, is a high school senior, soon to be a college freshman. Jason enjoys playing the stock market, learning about companies and how they operate, seeing live theater and exercise. He has lately become interested in meditation and yoga. He says “It takes up a lot of my time and it helps me now but, if I were young, I wouldn’t spend two seconds thinking about any of that stuff.” I guess the bearded Jason had different interests.


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