Office of the Associate Director for Communication

Abbigail Tumpey, MPH, CHES

Associate Director for Communication

Abbigail Tumpey, MPH, CHES, is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Acting Associate Director for Communication. When not serving as the acting director, Abbigail is the Associate Director for Communication Science for CDC’s Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services. In this role, Abbigail oversees communications for numerous disease tracking systems, clinical laboratory infrastructure, the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the Epidemic Intelligence Service program, and many other programs.

Abbigail has been at CDC for more than 22 years and spent the first 4 years working as a microbiologist. During her time at CDC, Abbigail expanded CDC’s clinical outreach capacity and was instrumental in developing public-private partnerships and coalitions that advanced patient safety and public health initiatives for the agency. Abbigail has spearheaded numerous national and international public health campaigns, including founding the World Rabies Day initiative in 2007, and overseeing CDC’s antibiotic resistance communications efforts from 2009–2016. Abbigail has served in a lead communication role during outbreak responses, including the 2012 multistate outbreak of fungal meningitis, the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2016, Abbigail was named one of 36 Champions of PR by PR Week magazine for their inaugural Hall of Femme. Abbigail received a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University, a Master of Public Health degree from University of South Florida, and is a certified health education specialist​.

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