Linda Degutis, DrPH, MSN

Linda C. Degutis, DrPH, MSN, FRSPH (hon) is a consultant specializing in policy, advocacy, and injury and violence prevention. She is currently consulting on initiatives focusing on prevention of injury, suicide prevention and intervention, and violence prevention. Previously, she served as Director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At NCIPC, Dr. Degutis led initiatives in preventing violence and injuries, both domestically and internationally, focusing on interventions to address risk factors and developing closer linkages between research and practice. Prior to joining CDC, she was Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Public Health, and Associate Clinical Professor of Nursing at Yale University, and served as Research Director for Emergency Medicine and Director of the Yale Center for Public Health Preparedness. She was a 1996-97 Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow, working in Senator Paul Wellstone’s (D-MN) office. Her research has focused on injury and violence prevention, as well as substance abuse prevention and intervention. She has been actively involved in educational initiatives in injury and violence prevention and intervention, trauma system development and implementation, substance abuse prevention and intervention and public health preparedness.

Dr. Degutis is Past President of the American Public Health Association (APHA) and served as Chair of its Executive Board. She is an active member of the Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section of APHA. She recently completed 2 terms on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellowship Advisory Board. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of DePaul University’s College of Sciences and Health, the editorial boards of Injury Prevention, Public Health, and Injury Epidemiology, and the National Advisory Committee for Public Health Systems and Services Research at the University of Kentucky, as well as the board of the Association of Yale Alumni in Public Health. She co-chairs the Advocacy and Policy Committee for the Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR). She has been honored by the ICEHS Section of APHA through its Distinguished Career Award; the Association of Yale Alumni in Public Health through its Distinguished Alumni Award; and is an honorary fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health.

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Consultant specializing in policy, advocacy, and injury and violence prevention