Eric Whitaker, MD, MPH
Director, Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)

The Threat to Global Health:
HIV on the African Continent

Friday, February 23, 2007
Noon - 1:30 PM
Colonial Penn Center (3641 Locust Walk)

Eric E. Whitaker, who received his BS in Chemistry from Grinnell College, MS in public health from Harvard and medical degree from the University of Chicago, is the director of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). Under his leadership, IDPH's 1,200 employees share responsibility for improving the health of 12.4 million Illinois residents. IDPH has sites located in Chicago and Springfield as well as three laboratories and seven regional offices. Dr. Whitaker is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health. Before assuming the helm of IDPH, Dr. Whitaker served as an attending physician in Internal Medicine at the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County and as a member of its Collaborative Research Unit. He has conducted nationally recognized research and been sought to impact economic development and policy for HIV/AIDS prevention and minority health in both North America and Africa, particularly for males of African descent. Dr. Whitaker helped found Project Brotherhood, a widely emulated clinic for African-American men, where visitors receive a holistic approach to health and wellness. In 2000, Project Brotherhood received the highest award accorded by the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems. Dr. Whitaker has testified twice before the United States Congress, on national health insurance and minority health issues. Dr. Whitaker is the recipient of many awards for outstanding public service, and was recently named to Crain's Chicago Business' 40 Under 40 list. He is married to Dr. Cheryl Rucker-Whitaker and has two children, Caleb and Caitlin.

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