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Mary Helen Smith; MPH, CPH, REHS, RS

Deputy Director of Environmental Health

District Board of Health Mahoning County

Youngstown, Ohio 44515

 

Biography

Degrees:

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Environmental Resource Management, The Pennsylvania State University. 

Master of Public Health (MPH), Consortium of Eastern Ohio Universities

 

Registrations and Certifications:

Certified Public Health (CPH) Professional (Charter Member), Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS), Registered Sanitarian (RS), Certified Pesticide Operator, Trained Facilitator

 

Employment

District Board of Health, Mahoning County, Ohio.

Deputy Director of Environmental Health and Director Solid & Infectious Waste Program

 Scope of work includes 1) manage, maintain, and coordinate activities for the Solid Waste & Infectious Waste Programs in accordance with the Ohio laws and regulations; 2) manage, maintain, and coordinate activities for the construction and demolition debris program in accordance with Ohio laws and regulations, 3) assist on the DBOHMC Readiness Team as the Training Coordinator for the Ohio Department of Health Public Health Infrastructure Grant; and 4) function as Workgroup Facilitator for the Healthy Valley Alliance PACE-EH (Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Health) community focus group with three initiatives: drinking water, indoor air quality, and sprawl- the impact of the built environment. 

 

Associations:

Member of the American & Ohio Public Health Associations, National  & Ohio Environmental Health Associations, the Mahoning County Township Association, the Mahoning County Planning Association,  and the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments Environmental Planning Advisory Committee Appointee.

 

Honor Societies

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (Chapter 143), Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society (Alpha Chi Chapter), and Omicron Delta Kappa (Youngstown State University Chapter)

 

Leadership Development Opportunities

It is with gratitude and humility that I thank the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the opportunity to participate in the National Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute.  It has been a rewarding and meaningful experience.  The sessions provided complex, thought-provoking information by professional, articulate, dedicated instructors. 

The curriculum provided a unique opportunity for individual development that I could not have obtained otherwise due to shrinking local health department dollars.  Though the use of leadership development tools (Myers-Briggs and Change Style Indicator Analysis), I was afforded the opportunity to develop an individualized program with a personal coach.  I found this process career altering as evidenced by peer feedback throughout the year.

 

I am extremely grateful to my Mentor and Teammates.  Their encouragement and assistance with project assignments was invaluable.  No price can be paid for the opportunity to meet, learn, and socialize with the diverse, unique group of individuals in the class.  Finally, The Heartland Center has provided a professional, challenging atmosphere during all sessions.