Linda Scarpetta


Linda Scarpetta, MPH

Michigan, Secretary

Since June 2013, Linda Scarpetta, MPH, has been the Director of the Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Control at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The Division is responsible for providing leadership, innovation, and coordination to prevent and control chronic diseases, injuries and violence, and to promote wellness and quality of life for people living in Michigan. The Division is home to more than 40 programs that address cancer prevention and control, diabetes, asthma, arthritis, health promotion for people with disabilities, tobacco, cardiovascular health, physical activity and nutrition, and injury and violence prevention as well as integrate with oral health and HIV/AIDS programs. Prior to becoming the Division Director, Ms. Scarpetta served as the Manager of the MDHHS Injury and Violence Prevention Section for more than 20 years, overseeing several programs, including childhood injury prevention, fall prevention for older adults, sexual violence prevention, youth suicide prevention, and the National Violent Death Reporting System. Prior to joining the health department, she worked as an epidemiologist for two years in Morgantown, W.Va., for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health conducting occupational injury surveillance and statistical analyses. She serves on the NACDD Board and held many Board positions with and is a Past-President of the Safe States Alliance, a national nonprofit organization and professional association whose mission is to serve as the national voice in support of state and local injury and violence prevention professionals engaged in building a safer, healthier America. Linda Scarpetta has a Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and has worked for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services for nearly three decades.