Kelly Sarmiento, MPH

Public Health Advisor, Division of Injury Prevention

Kelly Sarmiento

Public Health Advisor, Division of Injury Prevention


Areas of Expertise

  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • HEADS UP Campaign

Kelly Sarmiento, MPH, serves as a public health advisor in the Division of Injury Prevention’s Traumatic Brain Injury Team. Kelly’s expertise is in pediatric mild traumatic brain injury and she is responsible for leading the HEADS UP campaign. This campaign includes a series of educational initiatives that all have a common goal: protect kids and teens by raising awareness and informing action to improve prevention, recognition, response to concussion, and other serious brain injuries.

She began her career at CDC in the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control’s Division of Injury Response. In this role, she served as the health communications team lead where she directed educational campaigns on traumatic brain injury and emergency response and provided strategic direction regarding health communication for the division’s state injury programs.

Ms. Sarmiento received her bachelor of arts degree in anthropology and Spanish from the University of California, Santa Barbara and her masters of public health degree from Yale University School of Epidemiology and Public Health. She has developed more than 60 educational products and tools, as well as authored over 20 presentations, abstracts, and chapters. She has received many awards for her work in public health and innovation in health communication.