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Michelle Cochran

Readiness Coordinator

Office of Environmental Health Services,

Bureau for Public Health,

West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources

Capitol and Washington Streets

Charleston, WV 25301-1798


Michelle Cochran is a Registered Sanitarian with the Bureau for Public Health's Office of Environmental Health Services. She currently holds the position of Readiness Coordinator in which she works to coordinate the environmental health disaster response for West Virginia. She has held this position since it was created in June 2004.


Prior to Readiness Coordinator, Michelle was the Sanitarian Training Officer for West Virginia. She was responsible for ensuring that all newly hired Sanitarians in the state received the required 300 hours of training. She coordinated the Sanitarian Training Course along with assisting in the trainings at the Sanitarians' midyear training, the Environmental Health Section of the Public Health Conference, and the District In-service Meetings.


Michelle has conducted inspections in the Infectious Medical Waste and Asbestos Abatement Programs. She began her public health career as a as a field Sanitarian at a local health department in 1991.


Michelle is a past scholar in the Southeast Public Health Leadership Institute, where she won an award in 2004. She graduated from Marshall University with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in biology and with a minor in chemistry.