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Ellen Whitney

Ellen Whitney, MPH

Director,
International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI)

Ellen Whitney serves as the Director of the International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI) U.S. Office, as well as the lead for CHAMPS Data to Action. In this role, Whitney works closely with National Public Health Institutes (NPHIs), ministries of health, and sub-national public health authorities to utilize CHAMPS information for public health policy and action.

Prior to joining both IANPHI and CHAMPS, 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.She has worked as an epidemiologist for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), focusing on infectious diseases and bacterial and mycotic disease; she participated in the 2001 anthrax investigation, and the 2003 monkey pox outbreak, and has served as a consultant for the World Health Organization on Buruli ulcer disease. Her interests include public health systems, surveillance, epidemiology, emerging infectious diseases, zoonotic diseases, atypical mycobacteria, public health preparedness, and child survival.

Whitney is a graduate of St. Andrews Presbyterian College and received her Master of Public Health in epidemiology from the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University.

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