Linda Degutis, Dr.P.H., M.S.N.

Dr. Degutis is a Consultant for AAL who works extensively in the areas of public health, injury and violence prevention, leadership, mentoring, advocacy, and the media.

In addition to her work with AAL, Dr. Degutis is Executive Director of Defense Health Horizons (DHH), based at the Uniformed Services University for the Health Sciences, and Chief Science Officer for The Avielle Foundation and Adjunct Professor at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta. She is the former Director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Prior to joining CDC, Dr. Degutis was Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine, and Research Director for the Yale Department of Emergency Medicine. She held a joint appointment in the Division of Environmental Health at the Yale School of Public Health and was Director of the Yale Center for Public Health Preparedness. She served as a faculty mentor for Project MAINSTREAM, a joint program of the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Dr. Degutis serves on the editorial boards of the journals Injury Prevention, Injury Epidemiology, and Public Health. In addition, she is Associate Editor for the journal Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. She is a member of the advisory board of the College of Sciences and Health at De Paul University and the boards of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) and the Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR). She served two terms on the advisory board of the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship Program. She was Chair of the executive board of the American Public Health Association (APHA) and is a Past President of APHA.

Dr. Degutis obtained her bachelor’s degree from De Paul University, her master’s from Yale Graduate School of Nursing, and her doctorate from Yale University. She was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow and member of the National Academy of Medicine.

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The Academy for Advancing Leadership (AAL) is a health and higher education consulting firm. We work with organizational leaders to achieve their goals through strategic planning and professional development. We have helped over 150 institutions and thousands of leaders advance in their fields. Unlike other firms, our clients engage directly with accomplished and seasoned experts to achieve objectives with agility.


Celebrating Almost Two Decades in Business

Launched in 2005, AAL is a collaborative of scholars, educational specialists, and consultants providing services that help leaders in businesses, nonprofits, and academia pursue excellence, the application of knowledge, the discovery of ideas, and the quest of lifelong learning. The AAL team strives to build long-term relationships based on superior service, mutual trust, and intellectual inspiration. We focus on professional development, consulting services, and the application of assessment technologies and informatics to solve our clients' challenges. We hope to get to know you and assist with your personal, professional, and organizational growth.

N. Karl Haden, PhD

President of AAL


Advancing health and higher education.


AAL builds and strengthens your unique value through results-driven consulting and professional development.

Core Values

Scholarship through continuous learning, discovery, dissemination of knowledge, and interprofessional collaboration.

Innovation through risk-taking and disruption of the status quo.

Integrity through doing the right things for the right reasons.

Excellence through superior quality, client satisfaction, and the assessment of outcomes.

Philanthropy through volunteerism and financial contribution.

Success Stories

“I've taken quite a few leadership courses and seminars; none come close to the material involved and coordination AAL. Sprinkle a little genuine interest in seeing us succeed and well intentions and you have the best leadership mentors PERIOD.”

Dr. Khaled Hussein

BronxCare Health System

“The program was very valuable in the way that it gave us some real tools, some real opportunities and ways to evaluate ourselves and our own approaches to leadership and then gave us an opportunity of how to apply that to interprofessional education. I think that was the best … the applicability of the tools that were provided to us and how we can utilize those were just amazing. It was very valuable and an opportunity to evaluate yourself with the tools that they provided to give an introspective look into your own leadership style and what other people thought of your leadership, and that was very powerful.”

Dr. Kevin Brueilly

Wingate University Levine College of Health Sciences

“I think the program was excellent. There were many excellent sessions. They were very stimulating. They kept us moving, very thought provoking. I thought the program overall was well designed, and as I said very thought provoking. For the inaugural program, it was well put together. You could see the passion in the instructors, who were very well versed in the topics that they talked about. I’m really pleased to be a part of this, and as a social worker, I really got a great sense of how interprofessional education can be very instrumental in terms of social workers working in healthcare settings. I think this is the wave of the future, and this program will gain traction in the future. I’m just glad to be a part of it.”

Dr. Martell Teasley

University of Utah College of Social Work

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