Dr Mitchell’s career in public health spans over 30 years and has covered all three domains of public health. She was Deputy Chief Medical Officer (Public Health), DHSSPS, until January 2014. She has been on secondment to the Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH) initially as a Consultant in Public Health Medicine, and since March 2016 as Interim Chief Executive.
She has a long-standing interest in food and health. Her involvement over the years has ranged from food safety to nutrition policy and, most recently, to tackling the challenge of food poverty. She has expertise in the field of communicable disease control and epidemiology, with a particular interest in foodborne disease. Dr Mitchell is Chairperson of the Belfast Food Network (BFN) Advisory Committee and convener/chair of the BFN food poverty and health working group.