Pat Smith is the Violence Prevention Program Coordinator in the Injury & Violence Prevention Unit of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. She serves as the Director and Principal Investigator for the Michigan Violent Death Reporting System and the Director of the department’s Youth Suicide Prevention Program. She is a member of the Data & Surveillance Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention and previously served on the Steering Committee for the national Suicide Prevention Resource Center. She has worked in injury prevention and control at MDCH for over 20 years, specifically on violence for most of that time. Outside of work, she has completed 13 marathons and her favorite pastime is being one of the coaches with a women’s Couch-to-5k training group that has over 200 members.