Group A Streptococcus Molecular Epidemiology and Ecology

Project: Research project

Project Details


We propose to develop an outpatient surveillance network in 5 geographically distinct areas (Table 1). Four of the areas will be geographically in proximity to existing ABCs locations and the fifth area, in Chicago, will combine outpatient pharyngeal collection (pediatric emergency department and general pediatric clinics) and collection of GAS from invasive infections treated at our pediatric hospital (Lurie Children’s Hospital, LCH) and our affiliated adult hospital (Northwestern Memorial Hospital, NMH). This approach would give us the ability to collect emm types across the spectrum of GAS disease in 5 circumscribed geographic areas. To conduct surveillance, we will partner with the Alliance Network of community health centers (CHCs). Alliance is a national network of 32 CHCs that operates across nearly 200 urban and rural sites in 19 states. Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Chicago, Alliance represents a commonly owned infrastructure through which participating safety-net CHCs share resources to promote efficiency, quality, and access, with a strategic focus on health information technology. Alliance was selected by HRSA to be one of four research “nodes” nationally for the Community Health Applied Research Network (CHARN). Dr. Nivedita (Nita) Mohanty, the Chief Research Officer, has confirmed that AllianceChicago will participate in this project and she will assist us in connecting with specific Alliance CHCs near ABCs sites across the US. As part of our GAS surveillance, we will also partner with established and accomplished colleagues at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and Emory University. In Portland, OR, Dr. Judy Guzman, infectious diseases division chief at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, has agreed to assist with the project. In Atlanta, GA, Dr. Preethi Jaggi and Dr. Evan Anderson, pediatric infectious diseases physicians at Emory, will assist with the project.
Effective start/end date9/29/193/31/22


  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago (A20-0013-S001 // 75D30119C06841)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (A20-0013-S001 // 75D30119C06841)


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