Dr. Macie Smith, program development and training manager for the Arnold School of Public Health’s Office for the Study of Aging (OSA) at the University of South Carolina, has been named the 2017 recipient of the South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium’s (AHEC) Outstanding Educator Award. This honor is bestowed by AHEC’s Continuing Professional Development Council to recognize an exceptional educator who serves S.C. healthcare professionals.
[Photo: Dr. Macie Smith]
Dr. Smith was selected due to her contributions to educating healthcare workers and family members who care for the state’s most vulnerable populations, particularly the older adult community in the areas of dementia and healthy aging. She first connected with AHEC in 2012 to form partnership between the organization and OSA to disseminate OSA’s Dementia Dialogues program. This program is a five-session training course designed to educate the community and individuals who care for persons who exhibit signs and symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. To date, more than 22,000 individuals have participated in Dementia Dialogues training.
Since teaming up with AHEC, Dr. Smith has bolstered the organization’s geriatric education programs by developing evidenced-based materials and providing frequent education programs. She has become a critical contributor to AHEC’s educational programming and demonstrates a unique ability to connect with training participants.
“Professional educators emphasize the correlation between enhanced learning outcomes and the ability to connect, to build relationships with students, patients, families and communities,” says Ms. Cheri Plyler, director for Mid-Carolina AHEC. “In exemplary fashion, Dr. Smith has the innate ability to engage learners in the topic and content at a personal level while instilling a desire to elevate their professional development with new information and skills!”
“Dr. Smith has a delightful personality; she is organized, professional and always timely,” adds Ms. Rebecca Jackson, continuing professional development coordinator for Mid-Carolina AHEC. “She receives exceptional feedback from participant evaluations.”