Team Lead, Partnerships and Communications
Public Health Law Program, OSTLTS, CDC
Abigail Ferrell, JD, MPA, an attorney public health analyst, serves as the team lead for partnerships and outreach in CDC’s Public Health Law Program (PHLP). She provides state, tribal, local, and territorial (STLT) jurisdictions, federal entities, and the public with research, training and technical assistance on laws related to topics such as childhood vaccines, emergency preparedness and response, emerging and infectious diseases, and more. Ms. Ferrell administers legal counsel listservs for state and local public health departments, liaises with the ASTHO and NACCHO legal work groups, and coordinates PHLP’s strategic planning activities.
Additionally, Ms. Ferrell is the editor in chief of CDC’s Public Health Law News. The News is a monthly internet newsletter highlighting current events and case law in public health law. The News has been in continuous circulation for more than 15 years and has more than 136,000 subscribers, a number that has nearly tripled under Ms. Ferrell’s direction. Ms. Ferrell also served in CDC’s 2016 Zika response, leading the policy curriculum for the 2016 Zika Action Plan Summit and coordinating the crisis and emergency risk communication and public health law training for state and local leaders implementing emergency action plans in response to Zika virus.
Ms. Ferrell is an active member of the Georgia State Bar. She has a JD from Georgia State University College of Law, where she focused her studies on alternative dispute resolution and issues surrounding children’s health and human rights. She also holds an MPA from Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, and an ABJ in public relations journalism from the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism.
Tuesday, July 9
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM