Cameron Wiggins, MUP, MPH
Program Consultant II, Food Service
Georgia Department of Public Health
Atlanta, GA 30303
Cameron Wiggins is currently a Program Consultant in the Food Service Program for Georgia Department of Public Health’s Environmental Health Branch. In this capacity, he interprets the Georgia Food Service Rules and Regulations and provides training for district and county environmental health personnel. Cameron is the Chairperson of Georgia’s Food Service Technical Review Advisory Committee which reviews HACCP plans for specialized food processes, responsible for awarding Continuing Education Units for the Food Service Program, serves on the Georgia Food Safety and Defense Task Force, and provides standardization assistance to health districts. He is certified as a FDA Standardized Retail Food Safety Inspection Officer and as a Georgia Food Service Establishment Inspection Officer.
Cameron began his environmental public health career in Illinois at the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District’s (CUPHD) Food Service Program over more than a decade ago. At the CUPHD, he was responsible for conducting food service inspections, providing educational training, and managing the Indoor Air Quality Program. After several years at CUPHD, Cameron moved to Georgia and began working for Northeast Georgia Public Health District 10 as an Environmental Health Specialist. Prior to joining the Georgia Department of Public Health team, Cameron worked at the University of Georgia in the Department of Food Science and Technology and the Department of Public Health’s Institute for Health Management and Mass Destruction Defense developing food emergency response plans and conducting exercises to test the plan.
Cameron holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Alabama A&M University in Environmental Science, a Master of Urban Planning degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Georgia.
Leadership Development Opportunities
The EPHLI program taught me to use systems thinking methods to analyze a chronic problem to understand root causes, evaluate why it is occurring, and to identify leverage points for substantial impact. It has been an eye opening learning experience. The coaches, mentors, fellows, and my team member were outstanding and brought “real world” experiences to every discussion. I thoroughly enjoyed the EPHLI experience and would highly recommend it to environmental public health professionals and future leaders as a great tool for developing leadership capacity and as an enriching opportunity to use a team approach to solve environmental public health problems.
Through the use of the Myers-Briggs and the Skillscope 360, I was able to see how my colleagues viewed my work ethic as well as understand how my personality plays to my strengths. This portion of the program was also very beneficial in helping me to develop my plan to work on leadership skills that my colleagues felt that I needed to improve upon. I feel as though this program has provided a roadmap for self-improvement, environmental public health problem solving, and networking with some of the best and brightest minds in the field. In talking with the other fellows, it became obvious to me that we are all dealing with a great deal of the same issues, risks, and concerns within the environmental public health field. And it is always good to know that there are other leaders that you can call to share best practices.