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Angel Smith worked as the Health Equity and Community Engagement Specialist for the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Program at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) for 21/2 years. During that time Angel developed and facilitated equity related training for state and local staff. Ms. Smith was also a co-investigator for the "Reduce Racial Inequities" MCH priority at CDPHE. Ms. Smith continued to help reshape CDPHE's MCH program and the Priority Coordinator for the Reduce Racial Inequities priority. In this capacity Angel assembled a Subject Matter Expert group of community, non-profit organizations, and state staff which developed the priority's action plan and logic model.
Additionally, Angel was responsible for developing and facilitating CDPHE's innovative Community Advisory Board (CAB). The CAB is a mechanism by which community members can speak directly to state staff and programs. CAB is simultaneously facilitated in several languages and members are compensated for their time and travel. Prior to working at CDPHE, Angel worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a Public Health Associate. While at the CDC Ms. Smith helped a local public health agency integrate equity into its MCH breastfeeding priority. Angel is currently attending Rice University as a Master of Arts in Global Affairs Candidate with a concentration in International Security. She plans to use this opportunity to further unpack the relationship between health, security, and international law. Angel is a Colorado native with a bachelor's degree in political science and informational studies from Colorado State University.