Dr. Matthew Lee Smith, co-director of the Texas A&M Center for Population Health and Aging and associate professor at the Texas A&M School of Public Health, will receive the 2018 Aging Rural/Environment Health Award for his publication, “Delivery of Fall Prevention Intervention for At-Risk Older Adults in Rural Areas: Findings from a National Dissemination.” The award will be presented November 12 in San Diego, California at the American Public Health Association annual conference by the Aging and Public Health Section.
“Receiving this award is a great honor,” stated Dr. Smith. “It recognizes the larger collective efforts of the aging services network, and its collaboration with clinical partners, to enhance the lives of older adults by promoting and nurturing a national infrastructure to deliver evidence-based fall prevention interventions.”
Dr. Smith’s research and evaluation surround the reach, adoption, implementation, effectiveness and maintenance of evidence-based programs and policies. His efforts examine the feasibility of delivering evidence-based programs in diverse settings as well as their implementation with fidelity, scalability and sustainability. Dr. Smith’s ability to form interdisciplinary collaborations affords him opportunities to apply his translational research and evaluation experience to bridge research and practice issues among the health care sector, aging services network, and public health system. His research efforts have been funded by organizations including the National Institutes of Health, Administration on Aging, National Council on Aging, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.