Kristin M. Brusuelas, MPH
Director, Field Services Office
As director of the Field Services Office in CDC’s Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support (OSTLTS), Kristin Brusuelas, MPH, oversees all support, coordination, development, and tracking of CDC field staff to state, tribal, local, and territorial (STLT) health departments and the provision of technical assistance to STLT health departments related to the transformation of the US health system. Brusuelas 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). Responsibilities of her office include increasing field staff connectivity and capacity through outreach and training, and promoting the use of direct assistance funding for placing CDC staff in STLT agencies. The Field Services Office also develops and conducts the annual CDC Health Official Orientation, facilitates the STLT Subcommittee to the Advisory Committee to the Director, and supports STLT site visits made by the CDC director.
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 states, tribes, localities, and territories. 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, Texas, before moving to the National Immunization Program in Chicago, Illinois, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 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 numerous 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.