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Linda Degutis, DrPH, MSN


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Linda Degutis, DrPH, MSN

Mailing Address

  • 225 Mountainview Street

    Decatur, Georgia, 30030

    United States



Dr. Degutis, a native of Chicago, received her Bachelor of Science degree from DePaul University, and her MSN and DrPH from Yale University. She is a consultant in injury and violence prevention and policy, public health preparedness, and public health policy. Some of her current work focuses on suicide prevention in veterans, and firearm violence prevention. She is former Executive Director of Defense Health Horizons, a program of the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, that is based at the Uniformed Services University. In addition, she was the Chief Science Officer for The Avielle Foundation, and is a consultant in violence and injury prevention. Currently, she chairs the Board of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE), is immediate past president of the Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR), and a member of the Advisory Board of the College of Science and Health of DePaul University. Previously, she was the Director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the CDC. At Yale, she was Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Public Health and was the Director and Co-PI of the Yale Center for Public Health Preparedness, which designed and implemented education in disaster preparedness, response and recovery. She served as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow in the Office of the late Senator Paul Wellstone (D-MN). She is a Past President of the American Public Health Association (APHA), the oldest and largest public health association in the world. Dr. Degutis, a member of the National Academy of Medicine, received a the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship Alumni, has received the Distinguished Career and Public Service Awards from the Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section of APHA, and was named an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health. Her work has focused on public health, injury and violence, substance abuse and policy, as well as disaster preparedness and mitigation.

Education & Training

  • Fellow
    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (1997)
  • DrPH
    Yale University, Chronic Disease Epidemiology (1994)
  • MSN
    Yale University, Cardiac Clinical Specialist (1982)
  • BS
    DePaul University, Nursing (1975)


  • People to People
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; São Paulo, Brazil 2011
  • Injury Prevention
    Seoul, South Korea 2009
  • Public Health: Working for a Healthy World
    Seoul, South Korea 2009
    Plenary lecture for the 50th anniversary of the Seoul National University School of Public Health
  • Injury Surveillance
    Seoul, South Korea 2009
  • Injury Prevention and Public Health
    Seoul, South Korea 2009
  • Climate Change and Public Health
    Seoul, South Korea 2009

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Lifetime Achievement AwardRobert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellows2019
Distinguished Career AwardInjury Control and Emergency Health Services Section, American Public Health Association2018
Public Service AwardInjury Control and Emergency Health Services Section, American Public Health Association2018
Fellow (Hon)Royal Society for Public Health2008

Professional Service

Advisory Board, Pacific Institute for Research and EvaluationAdvisor2016 - 2022
Advisory Board Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellows Program, Robert Wood Johnson FoundationAdvisor2014 - 2019
National Academy of MedicineMember2013 - Present
National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDCPresenter/Speaker2009 - 2010
Yale UniversitySteering Committee, Yale response to Haiti earthquake2009 - 2010
Advocates for Highway and Auto SafetyBoard Member2008 - 2010
American Public Health AssociationPresident2007 - 2008
Yale CollegeAlcohol Policy Review Committee2006 - 2007
American Public Health AssociationChairperson2005 - 2007
American Public Health AssociationBoard Member2003 - 2007

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