Kristin M. Brusuelas, MPH
Director, Stakeholder Outreach and Engagement Unit
Kristin Brusuelas, MPH, serves as director of the Stakeholder Outreach and Engagement Unit in CDC’s Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support (OSTLTS), which was created to support health system transformation and empower state, tribal, local, and territorial (STLT) health agencies to promote better health outcomes, better health care, and lower costs. Brusuelas also oversees the Technical Assistance and Service Improvement Initiative, aimed at improving the quality and standards of the work of CDC project officers serving STLT agencies, as well as senior-level support services provided to the Insular Areas (CDC-funded US territories and freely associated states).
Brusuelas’ work with OSTLTS began with the establishment of the office through the 2005 CDC Organizational Improvement effort. As chief of the Technical Assistance Branch, she was responsible for providing technical assistance to and managing alliances with health officers, secretaries, and commissioners for STLTs. She also led the strategic planning effort for OSTLTS. Additional responsibilities have included development and oversight for the Public Health Associate Program and the Public Health Prevention Service fellowship, oversight on the grants optimization framework activity, and the establishment and supervision of senior liaison officers to other CDC centers, institutes, and offices (CIOs).
Before OSTLTS, Brusuelas served as deputy director for the Portfolio Management Program. In that capacity, she supervised senior management officials, coordinated state and local engagement with CDC CIOs, created linkages with state leadership, developed relationships with national partners, and ensured implementation of the Public Health Apprenticeship Program (now the Public Health Associate Program).
Brusuelas has worked for CDC since 1990 and has had field assignments throughout the world. She began with the STD/HIV programs in Los Angeles and Dallas before moving to the National Immunization Program in Chicago, Santa Fe, and Los Angeles. Moving to Atlanta in 2000 as a co-deputy and team lead for the Immunization Service Division’s Program Operations Branch, Brusuelas served as acting branch chief through response activities to smallpox and SARS. Her international work includes assignments in Kenya and the Pacific Island territories.
When CDC created the Office of Terrorism and Emergency Response, Brusuelas was recruited as deputy for Field Services. She went on to become the first senior management official (SMO) for Florida. Her work involved developing a workforce training pilot project that placed public health apprentices into county health departments. She established an operational role for SMOs in emergency response with the Department of Health and Human Services as a result of her experience coordinating in-state CDC response efforts to hurricanes, including Katrina and Rita. Additionally, she worked to build surge-capacity training in coordination with the CDC quarantine office, the Miami-Dade County Health Department, and the Florida Department of Health.
Brusuelas holds a master of public health degree in community and international health from the University of Illinois in Chicago, and a bachelor of science degree in community health with a minor in Spanish from the University of New Mexico.