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Clifford S. Mitchell, MS, MD, MPH

Clifford S. Mitchell, MS, MD, MPH

Summary

Dr. Clifford Mitchell’s job is to coordinate environmental health issues at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Maryland’s public health agency.  Historically, public health and the environment have been considered separate issues.  Increasingly, there is greater understanding that the two are very much related, in areas such as air pollution and lung disease, water quality and bioaccumulation of pollutants, and global climate change and vector-borne diseases.  Dr. Mitchell brings an environmental focus to public health discussions at the Maryland Department of Mental Health and Hygiene.  He also advises the department and local health agencies on ways to protect people from environmental hazards such as chemicals and radiation.

Biography

Dr. Mitchell is the Director of Environmental Health Coordination and Preventive Medicine/Public Health Residency Programs at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  His responsibilities include environmental public health tracking, monitoring hazardous algal blooms, coordination of environmental health activities with other state agencies, and direction of the department’s preventive medicine residency program.  Prior to assuming his current position, Dr. Mitchell was an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. While there he served as an advisor to the EnviroHealth Connections project. He has also done consulting for international, federal, state, and private entities in the fields of occupational health and indoor air quality. Dr. Mitchell holds an M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, an M.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio, an M.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a B.A. from Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts.

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