JACKSON, Miss. — In its regular quarterly meeting today, the Mississippi State Board of Health named Dr. Mary Currier to the post of State Health Officer, effective immediately. Currier will serve a six-year term.
Dr. Currier became Interim State Health Officer early last month after the death of former State Health Officer Dr. Ed Thompson. Currier began her Mississippi State Department of Health tenure in 1984 and has served in various capacities including two terms as State Epidemiologist, from1993 to 2003, and again since 2007.
"I am very honored and excited to be appointed State Health Officer. I look forward to continuing to pursue the goals Dr. Thompson outlined during his tenure, which include lowering tuberculosis, syphilis and infant mortality rates," said Dr. Currier. "Public health is my passion, and the Mississippi State Department of Health is where I belong."
A graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Medicine, Dr. Currier received her master's degree and preventive medicine residency training in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. Currier's bachelor's degree is from Rice University, and she attended Trinity College in Dublin.
Board Chairman Dr. Luke Lampton said the Board had a robust discussion about filling the position of State Health Officer, including the possibility of conducting a nationwide search within a short time frame.
"The Board is very grateful that we have someone of Dr. Currier's caliber willing and able to fill this position. The Board unanimously felt that Dr. Currier was the best and most qualified individual to be our next State Health Officer," said Dr. Lampton.
Lampton added, "The fact that Dr. Mary Currier is a Mississippian and has over 20 years of public health experience - much of it under the leadership of Dr. Ed Thompson - is an added benefit."
Currier has 25 years of state service experience and 20 years serving in public health. Prior to serving as State Epidemiologist, Dr. Currier was a medical consultant with the Mississippi State Department of Health, where she began her career as a staff physician for the prenatal care, family planning, STD, and pediatrics programs.
Currier is a member of the American Medical Association, the Mississippi Central Medical Society, the American Public Health Association, and is Board certified in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health.