CDR Margaret Riggs, PhD, MPH, MS
CDR. Margaret “Margo” Riggs is a Supervisory Epidemiologist for the CDC Career Epidemiology Field Officer (CEFO) Program which has 28 senior level epidemiologists assigned to state and local health departments around the country. In this role, she provides public health leadership and scientific expertise in epidemiology and surveillance, disaster response, outbreak investigations, and public health interventions. She leads workforce development activities related to epidemiology, preparedness and public health leadership. In addition, she is the Deputy Director for the Preventive Medicine Branch of Rapid Deployment Force-3 with the US Public Health Service. She deployed with her team to New Jersey following Hurricane Sandy to assist in the operation of a 250 bed special medical needs shelter.
CDR Riggs was previously a CEFO assigned to the Kentucky Department for Public Health and participated in several disaster response efforts to include the Tornado Outbreak in March 2012 and led community assessments with assistance from the Univ of Michigan Public Health Action Support Team (PHAST). In addition she responded to flooding and ice storm disasters in Kentucky as well as the 2012 Haiti Earthquake and was named the 2010 Commissioned Corps Responder of the Year. CDR Riggs began with CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in 2005 where she led an exposure assessment of flood-damaged homes in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina; co-led investigations regarding health effects of exposure to water-damaged homes and respirator donning in post-hurricane New Orleans.
CDR Riggs received a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science/Poultry Science, an M.S. in Reproductive Endocrinology, an M.P.H. in Epidemiology and a Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of Florida.