Associate Director for Communication Science, Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services

Abbigail Tumpey

Abbigail Tumpey, MPH, CHES

Associate Director for Communication Science

Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services

Deputy Director Public Health Scientific Services

Abbigail Tumpey, MPH, CHES, is the Associate Director for Communication Science for the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. In this role, Abbigail leads communications for CDC’s programs that represent the scientific backbone of the U.S. public health system. Her team oversees communications for numerous disease tracking systems, clinical laboratory infrastructure, CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, and CDC’s elite disease detective program (the Epidemic Intelligence Service).

Abbigail has been at CDC for 19 years and spent the first 4 years working as a microbiologist. During her time at CDC, Abbigail has built several partnership coalitions, expanded CDC’s clinical outreach capacity, and built strategic relationships with patient advocacy groups and private sector partners. 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 played a lead role in CDC’s communications during outbreak responses, including the 2012 multistate outbreak of fungal meningitis and the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak.

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’s of Science from Michigan State University, a Masters of Public Health from University of South Florida, and is a Certified Health Education Specialist.

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