Yale’s Degutis to head CDC Injury Center

The Centers for Disease Control has named Yale researcher and alumna Linda C. Degutis as director of the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

Degutis, who will take up her new post in November, has been serving as research director for the Department of Emergency Medicine at Yale School of Medicine and director of the Yale Center for Public Health Preparedness at the Yale School of Public Health. She holds MSN and DrPH degrees from Yale.

As its name suggests, the CDC Injury Center aims to develop a public health approach to preventing and treating injuries — with special focus on motor vehicle safety, child maltreatment prevention, and preventing falls among older adults. Injuries accounted for more than 170,000 deaths in 2005 alone. In addition, millions of Americans are injured each year and survive.

Degutis’ research interests have centered on issues related to alcohol and injury, with a particular focus on interventions and policy issues. At the Yale School of Public Health, she has focused on public health workforce education in the area of disaster preparedness, as well as public health systems and services research development, bringing together the practice and research communities.

She is director of the Connecticut Partnership for Public Health Workforce Development, part of the New England Alliance for Workforce Development. She has also worked with national, state, and local coalitions on various other efforts that impact public health and public policy, and has developed and taught programs on moving from research to advocacy.

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