Dr. Jacqueline Scott Retires with Over 30 Years of State Service

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Dr. Jacqueline Scott Retires with Over 30 Years of State Service

Kerry Chamberlain, PhD, MPH – Outreach, Evaluation and Exercise Liaison – Bureau of EMS, Trauma and Preparedness   

Dr. Jacqueline Scott, Bureau of EMS, Trauma and Preparedness Director, retired from state service on March 30, 2018.   Dr. Scott demonstrated a passion for preparedness from the time she created the Office of Public Health Preparedness (OPHP) up until her retirement.  

She began her career with the state as the Michigan Department of Community Health, Bureau of Laboratories Director for the Division of Chemistry and Toxicology where she had oversight for the Newborn Screening program, heavy metals testing, environmental, and chemical testing for various agents.  In 2002, she was requested to lead the new OPHP to build the public health and healthcare preparedness programs in Michigan.  The program started with a handful of eager staff learning the ropes of a new public health discipline, and 16 years later grew into a well-oiled machine.  Dr. Scott solidified Michigan’s preparedness program, serving as a best practice for other state programs.  She shared insights and lessons-learned willingly and broadly, and advocated for what she believes in.  She did so through her participation in numerous work groups and national committees, including the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO’s) Directors of Public Health Preparedness, for over 15 years.

In 2015, after the Departments of Community Health and Human Services merged, Dr. Scott assumed the role of Bureau Director for the newly formed Bureau of EMS, Trauma and Preparedness (BETP), which married the emergency medical services, the trauma system and preparedness.  Dr. Scott embraced the alignment and strengthened the new alliance to elevate Michigan’s health and medical preparedness.

As Dr. Scott enters a new phase in her life, her legacy and contributions to public health preparedness in Michigan continues on with Linda Scott, the Director of the Bureau of EMS, Trauma and Preparedness.  We wish her well in her retirement.