Mina Shehee, PhD
Environmental Supervisor; North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health
Raleigh, NC 27699-1912
Mina Shehee currently serves as the supervisor of the Medical Evaluation and Risk Assessment Unit, Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch, Epidemiology Section, Division of Public Health, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. She earned her undergraduate degree in Biology at Saint Cloud State University. After serving as a Chemical Officer in the U.S. Army, she earned her Masters of Medical Science degree in Clinical Microbiology at Emory University. She worked fifteen years at various medical centers across the southeast clinical microbiology. In 2002, she earned her doctorate in Environmental Science and Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She joined the staff in the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch serving as a public health epidemiologist in 2003.
Leadership Development Opportunities
First, I want to thank my mentor, my team members, the cohort VI fellows, the EPHLI staff, and CDC to learn, grow and share with you this past year. Learning the concepts and methods of systems thinking brought a new dimension of problem solving to our organization this year. I really had to stretch out my traditional lines of thought to incorporate systems thinking into my work. It really made me aware that quick fixes are really a waste of time and that to truly solve a problem requires effort beyond the obvious.
The Individual Development Program (IDP) complements systems thinking. Being aware of who you are, how to relate to your world, and how you respond to change allows you to think more systematically and effectively. Leaders are expected to tackle tough problems and achieve results. To do this, you must be able to muster the best from others. The IDP provided me with the necessary tools to be a more effective leader and the means to gain proficiency with them. I believe I am a better listener, communicator, and leader because of the things I learned during EPHLI this past year.