CAPT Craig Wilkins, MPH
Acting Director, Tribal Support Unit
CAPT Wilkins serves as associate director for training and evaluation within the Field Services Office (FSO) in OSTLTS. Within this role, he leads strategic efforts to better coordinate and integrate training programs and activities for FSO‘s fellowship and public health associate training programs.
Wilkins received his initial commission in the US Public Health Service as a health services officer in 1989 and has more than 24 years’ combined federal service with the Indian Health Service and CDC. He has held leadership roles and assignments in a multitude of public health programs at national, state, tribal, local, and international levels. Before joining CDC in 1997, he served several tours of duty with the Indian Health Service in Utah, Wyoming, and Montana.
Since joining CDC in 1997, Wilkins has held assignments in CDC’s National Immunization Program, Office of Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response, and Coordinating Center for Health Information and Service. In addition, Wilkins has served overseas in assignments in India, Bangladesh, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe.
Wilkins has also served in a leadership capacity in responding and being deployed to national and international emergency events, including the 2001 anthrax attacks; outbreaks of SARS, West Nile Virus, and Monkeypox; the National Smallpox Campaign; and Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Ernesto. More recently, he was deployed to the Emergency Operations Center to serve as the on-site coordinator for tribal-related H1N1 activities, helping to establish the AI/AN Populations Unit responsible for facilitating and coordinating influenza-related communications, surveillance, and response among public health agencies serving AI/AN and Canadian Indigenous communities. He was also deployed to Haiti as CDC’s liaison officer to the Department of Defense’s Joint Task Force Haiti Medical Team as part of Operation Unified Response.
Wilkins received his master’s degree in public health from the University of North Carolina School of Public Health. He is a member of the Lumbee Tribe, North Carolina.