Samantha Smith

Research Analyst, Nevada Institute for Children's Research and Policy
Program Manager, Nevada Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
Research Associate, Nevada Minority Health and Equity Coalition
Expertise: Public health, Lead poisoning prevention, Lead exposures, Health equity, COVID-19 vaccine equity


Samantha Smith is a research analyst at the UNLV School of Public Health's Nevada Institute for Children’s Research and Policy (NICRP), where she collaborates with various agencies and community partners to conduct research and coordinate projects aimed at addressing health disparities in Nevada.

Through her role at NICRP, Smith also serves as the program manager for the Nevada Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, which promotes lead-safe home environments for Nevada children. Additionally, Smith conducts research for the Nevada Minority Health and Equity Coalition, and she has co-led and coordinated the Nevada Vaccine Equity Collaborative since February 2021.

As part of her commitment to advancing health equity and community well-being, Smith is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Public Health, focused on global and environmental initiatives, at UNLV.


  • M.S., Public Health, Touro University
  • B.S., Physiology, University of Arizona

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