Connie Mitchell, MD, MPH
Region IX Director (2019-2022)
California Department of Public Health
Deputy Director, Center for Family Health

Background & Bio
Connie Mitchell, MD, MPH has a career that has spanned the spectrum from the highest acuity intervention to health policy for primary prevention. She is board certified in emergency medicine, and from 1989-2005 she was a faculty member at the University of California Davis with a joint appointment in Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics.

Her academic focus was on the precursors to intentional injury and more effective strategies for prevention and intervention in family violence. She authored California’s clinical guidelines for recognition and treatment of intimate partner violence and was the Director of a statewide violence prevention initiative that trained over 8000 health professionals in both clinical and institutional practice change to provide better care to victims of violence. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the textbook Intimate Partner Violence: A Health-Based Perspective published by Oxford University Press, honored in 2010 with the American Medical Writers Association award for the best medical textbook of the year.

After earning a Master’s Degree in Public Health, she transitioned to the California Department of Public Health to become the Branch Chief for Policy in Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health overseeing maternal and infant health programs. She helped start the California Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review and was the principal author of the state’s first report on maternal mortality. She also co-led a collaborative of advocacy, public health, and health care professionals to reduce non-medically indicated deliveries prior to 39 weeks gestation. In partnership with March of Dimes, this work has culminated in a marked decrease in early inductions and reduced NICU admissions across the country.

In 2014, she was awarded the California Department of Public Health Award for Outstanding Achievement in Public Health in recognition of her leadership. Dr. Mitchell now serves as the Deputy Director of the Center for Family Health and oversees the Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Division, the Women, Infant, and Child (WIC) nutrition program and the Genetic Disease Screening Program. Her focus is on transparent and collaborative partnerships to pivot public health attention to social determinants of health and related disparities in health outcomes for women and children.