Director, Office of Preventive Health
Victor D. Sutton, Ph.D, MPPA
Mississippi State Department of Health
570 E. Woodrow Wilson
Jackson, Mississippi 39216
Victor D. Sutton serves as the Director for the Office of Preventive Health. Dr. Sutton provides operational and fiscal oversight to the Bureaus of Community and School Health and Chronic Disease, the Delta Health Collaborative, and the Injury and Violence Prevention program. The Office of Preventive Health works to promote evidence-based programs that focus on policy and environmental change. The office works with schools, faith-based organizations, health care systems, worksites, municipalities and communities. Dr. Sutton manages the programmatic planning, implementation, and evaluation of federal and state grants.
Dr. Sutton's career in public health extends over a decade in professional roles with the Mississippi Department of Human Services' Office of Children and Youth, the New York Department of Labor, and non-profit organizations such as the Community Organization for Health Awareness (COHA). As Director of COHA, Dr. Sutton developed a mentoring network that addressed health and education among at-risk youth in the juvenile system.
His research interests are varied and include leadership, cardiovascular health, obesity, health disparities, physical activity, community-based corrections, and community and economic development.Education
- Ph.D., Public Policy and Administration
- M.P.P.A., Public Policy and Administration
- National Association of Public Health Educators
- Mississippi Chronic Illness Coalition
- Conference of Minority Public Administrators