Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health
Hubert Department of Global Health
Dr. Whitney became a Professor at Emory University in the Rollins School of Public Health, Hubert Department of Global Health in 2019 and has been the Principal Investigator and Executive Director of the Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS) program since 2020. Before that, she was Chief of the Respiratory Diseases Branch in the Division of Bacterial Diseases, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases and had worked for 25 years at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Her expertise includes health in high child mortality areas, pneumococcal disease, pneumonia, antimicrobial resistance, vaccination policy and effectiveness evaluations, disease surveillance, and outbreak investigations. She has over 250 publications including peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and invited commentaries focusing on public health issues in the U.S. and in developing country settings. Dr. Whitney graduated from Iowa State University, in Ames, Iowa, with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Engineering Science. She obtained a degree in medicine and completed a residency in internal medicine through the University of Minnesota. At CDC, she completed the Epidemic Intelligence Officer program and a residency in Preventive Medicine. She has a Masters of Public Health from Harvard University. Dr. Whitney has been board certified in Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine

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Meet-the-Expert Session 09: Results from the Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS) Network: What Really Causes Pneumonia Deaths?

Session Type
Meet-the-Expert Session
Wed, 22.06.2022
Session Time
13:45 - 14:45
Grand Ballroom West
Session Description
Understanding what causes pneumonia is important for knowing the best treatment and prevention measures, but etiology studies suffer because of the difficulty in obtaining specimens from the site of infection – inside the lung.
In this session, we will present findings and case studies on the etiology of pneumonia deaths from Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS), an ongoing program enrolling stillbirths and deaths in children <5 years of age in 7 countries in Africa and south Asia.
CHAMPS teams collect clinical information, verbal autopsy, and results of pathology and molecular examination of post-mortem specimens, including lung tissue. The results are surprising and may change how you think about pneumonia.

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