Kelly Callahan

Kelly Callahan

Director, Trachoma Control Program 

The Carter Center 

Before accepting her current position as director of the Center's Trachoma Control Program, Ms. Callahan was assistant director of program support for the Carter Center Health Programs. Before coming to The Carter Center's headquarters, Ms. Callahan headed up the Center's southern Sudan office, targeting Guinea worm eradication, trachoma control, and river blindness control.

Ms. Callahan acquired extensive field experience from frequent trips in and out of Sudan and served as an elected representative on the U.N.'s umbrella organization, Operation Lifeline Sudan. During this time, Ms. Callahan's accomplishments included leading the Carter Center's effort to distribute more than 9 million pipe filters in the fight against Guinea worm disease and the implementation of the Carter Center-assisted Trachoma Control Program. Ms. Callahan's international health experience began with two years of service in Cote D'Ivoire with the U. S. Peace Corps.

Ms. Callahan received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati. She majored in earth sciences and communications with special concentration in the independent research of Orcinus Orca in British Columbia, Canada. She was awarded the Master of Public Health degree from Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in 2010.

BA, University of Cincinnati, Earth Sciences and Communications
MPH, Rollins School of Public Health, BSHE

Rollins mentor and RSPH Alumni Association Board member 

Neglected Tropical Diseases

Publications & Media

Trachoma Control as a Vehicle Toward International Development and Achievement of the Millennium Development Goals
Callahan K, Ogale YP, Palmer SL, Emerson PM, Hopkins DR, Withers PC Jr, et al. (2014) Trachoma Control as a Vehicle Toward International Development and Achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 8(9): e3137. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0003137

The Carter Center Trachoma Control Program

Contributions of the Guinea Worm Disease Eradication Campaign toward Achievement of the Millennium Development Goals
Kelly Callahan, Birgit Bolton, Donald R. Hopkins, Ernesto Ruiz-Tiben, P. Craig Withers, Kathryn Meagley

Eradicating the Guinea Worm: Kelly Callahan at TEDxAtlanta   

I love Rollins. It was one of the best decisions of my life!

Kelly Callahan

Behavioral Sciences and Health Education (BSHE)