Issue editor introduction to Volume 2, Issue 2 of the Journal of Applied Research on Children.

Author Biography

William Smith is Executive Director of the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) in Washington, DC. NCSD represents state, territorial, and large city health departments funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to carry out STD prevention actives. NCSD promotes sexual health through a specific focus on preventing STDs and its areas of work involve policy, advocacy, promoting health equity, and technical assistance and capacity building. Previously, Mr. Smith was the Vice Present for Public Policy at the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) where he spearheaded national efforts to end abstinence-only-until-marriage programming and was involved in the creation of new federal programs to support evidence-based interventions aimed at preventing teen pregnancy and STDs, including HIV. Mr. Smith has worked in nearly every state in the country in some capacity, as well as having been engaged in significant sexual health promotion efforts in Mexico, other parts of Latin American, and in parts of Europe. Prior to joining SIECUS, Mr. Smith managed the Religion and Public Values Program at The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. At the National Campaign, Mr. Smith launched an innovative community-based model to overcome conflict around teen sexuality. He is currently completing his doctoral degree in Political Philosophy with a focus on American federalism and the American founding and is a guest lecturer at the University of New Mexico.