Session Abstract: Welcome to the 2017 FDA Central Region Seminar
Gretchen Musicant, City of Minneapolis
Gretchen Musicant is the Minneapolis Health Commissioner where she oversees the Minneapolis Health Department whose mission is “improve the quality of life for all people in the city by protecting the environment, preventing disease and injury, promoting healthy behaviors, and creating a city that is a healthy place to live, work and play”.
Prior to working for the City, Musicant was Vice President of Community Health for the Minnesota Hospital Association and a Government Affairs Specialist for the Minnesota Nurses Association. She has both a BS in Nursing and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Minnesota.
Under her leadership, Minneapolis was recognized in 2012 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as one of 6 communities that are making great strides in their journey toward better health. In 2014 she received the Gaylord Anderson Award for leadership in public health from the U of M School of Public Health. She is the 2007 recipient of the Minnesota Public Health Association Paul and Sheila Wellstone Public Health Achievement Award and has been designated one of the 100 Distinguished Nursing Alumni of the University of Minnesota School of Nursing.
Dr. Michael Dutcher, FDA
Dr. Michael T. Dutcher joined FDA as the Director for the Minneapolis District Office in June 2012. Prior to that time, he spent over a decade in federal public health service at USDA, APHIS. In his time with USDA, he held a range of positions – serving at the national, regional, and local levels – where he has worked on national policy issues, including drafting regulations; import/export issues, where he developed training and reference polices for the Port of Detroit; managed large budgets; led field operations, including inspections; and led and managed collaborations with foreign, state, local and tribal authorities, as well as academia.
He has also been Commissioned with the rank of Captain, as a Public Health Officer, with the New York Air National Guard, where he was responsible for Medical Intelligence research, dining facility inspections, occupational health inspections, and biological and chemical warfare safety training.
In addition to duties as a District Director, Dr. Dutcher, chairs the CVM Field Committee, is an FDA representative on the AAFCO Board of Directors and is a past Chair for the Federal Executive Board of Minnesota.
Dr. Dutcher received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University and has done post-graduate work in pathology and epidemiology at the University of Illinois and the University of Maryland.
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