Nikki Soukup
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Carmen Green Smith Selected for Unsung Heroes Award 

PHOENIX, AZ (February 16, 2023) - Carmen Green Smith was presented with an Unsung Hero Award from the Arizona Commission of African American Affairs. Established by the Arizona state legislature in 2010, the Arizona Commission of African American Affairs is a nonpartisan board that addresses issues that affect the Black community in the state of Arizona. 

Smith was chosen for this prestigious award for her steadfast commitment to the African American community of Arizona and her work in addressing health disparities among underserved and hard to reach populations throughout the state. Over the course of Smith’s career spanning four decades, Smith continues to advocate for equal access and disability rights.

An experienced public administrator, Smith has served as the Deputy Director of the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing (ACDHH) for the past 20 years. As a member of the Hard to Reach Populations workgroup with the Arizona Department of Health Services, and the Arizona State University’s College of Health Solutions Community Advisory Board, Smith leads the Commission’s efforts in outreach and education to healthcare providers throughout the state. 

Smith, who resides in Glendale, AZ, is also an Arizona licensed American Sign Language interpreter, and served as president of the National Alliance of Black Interpreters. She holds certifications in public administration and public management. 

About the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing: Established in 1977, ACDHH serves as a central statewide resource of and for people with varying hearing levels and is a national state agency leader in providing communication access, support services and community empowerment. The purpose of the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing (ACDHH) is to ensure, in partnership with the public and private sector, accessibility for the deaf and hard of hearing to improve their quality of life.