Ellen Whitney, MPH
Director of Data to Action, IANPHI
Ellen Whitney serves as the Director of Data to Action for the International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI) U.S. Office at Emory University’s Global Health Institute in Atlanta. In this role, she works with National Public Health Institutes (NPHIs) around the world to strengthen public health systems through projects supported by IANPHI, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. For the CHAMPS network, she supports IANPHI’s efforts to strengthen the capacity of NPHIs and other government agencies to use information about under-five and maternal mortality to inform policies and programs.
From 2003 to 2015, Ellen Whitney served as the Director of Research Projects for the Center for Public Health Preparedness and Research at Rollins School of Public Health and as the Associate Director of the Emory Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center. Her research focused on strengthening public health systems as well as epidemiology and surveillance for emerging infectious diseases.
As an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Infectious Diseases, Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases, Meningitis and Special Pathogens from 2000 to 2003, she participated in the 2001 anthrax investigation and the one year follow-up of the anthrax survivors, as well as the 2003 monkey pox outbreak. Her past experience in BSL3 laboratories at CDC and Emory University on Tuberculosis and atypical mycobacteria lead to her work on Buruli ulcer disease. Her interests include public health systems strengthening, surveillance, epidemiology, emerging infectious diseases, zoonotic diseases, atypical mycobacteria, and public health preparedness. She is a graduate of St. Andrews Presbyterian College and received her Master’s in Public Health in epidemiology from the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University.