Pamela Riggs, MPH, became the Sidney-Shelby County Health Commissioner in June 2021. She has over 30 years of experience in the health field including working as an health planning and disaster director, health educator and as a public health professional. She grew up in Ironton, Ohio and is a 1972 graduate of Ironton High School before moving on to complete her have Bachelors of Science from The Ohio State University in Allied Health.
During her college years she entered the healthcare field (sonography) as part of graduation requirements. Following graduation she began working in sonography for The Ohio State University Hospital and for Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. This led to an opportunity to travel to teach new sonography techniques in hospitals throughout the United States and other countries. Her allied health and sonography background led to a teaching position with Owens Community College, Toledo Ohio as Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor for the sonography program. She went back to school and received She holds a master’s degree in public health from the Northwest Ohio Consortium for Public Health in health promotion and education.
Before working in public health field, Pamela worked for the Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio as the Disaster Planning and Health Planning Director for Northwest Ohio providing leadership for 32 hospitals in Northwest Ohio for emergency preparedness grants and other funding. During this time, she conducted multiple county and community health needs assessment with research and data analysis for local and regional community agencies. This job led to her first Health Commissioner’s position in Pickaway County, Ohio which led to the position in Wood County, Ohio, and on to Morrow County, Ohio. Pamela moved from Ohio to Virginia worked for the Virginia Department of Health providing case investigations and program development for the COVID-19 pandemic with the Chickahominy Health District. Due to her husband’s change in employment, we moved back to Ohio and settled in Shelby County.