Carol Smathers, MPH '09
The Denise Miller National 4-H Innovator Award was presented to Carol Smathers (MPH, 2009), Katie Riemenschneider (MPH, 2016), and Theresa Ferrari. This award recognizes a team that exemplifies innovation, accomplishment, and commitment in the design and delivery of a unique 4-H program. It was given for the team’s work to educate Extension, professional, teen, and general public audiences about Ohio’s opioid crisis. The team’s efforts include the “What’s in YOUR Medicine Cabinet?” display that engages teens as teachers at fairs and events, and “Hope for Ohio: A Teen Forum on Ohio’s Opioid Crisis.” The forum, attended by 120 high school youth and youth leaders, was hosted along with Ohio Farm Bureau, FFA, and Prevention Action Alliance.