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Anne Palmer,

Program Director, Food Communities and Public Health

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Anne's research interests include how changes in food environments impact food choices, using regional food supply chains to serve low income areas, to bringing sustainable food production to underserved populations, the impact of food deserts on communities, and conducting community food assessments with Baltimore-based non profits and community organizations. She helped create the Maryland Food System mapping resource, a GIS database that maps diverse layers of the food system.   

food systems, community food security, food policy councils, community food assessments, food environments, regional food systems

    Santo, R. Yong, R. Palmer, A. Collaboration Meets Opportunity: The Baltimore Food Policy Initiative, Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development, Accepted for Spring, 2014. 


    Kim, B. Poulsen, M. Margulies, J. Dix, K. Palmer, A. Nachman, K. Urban Community Gardeners’ Knowledge and Perceptions of Soil Contaminant Risk, PLOS ONE, February 2014.  

  • Zachary, D. Palmer, A. Beckham, S. and Surkan, P. A Framework for Understanding Grocery Purchasing in a Low-income Urban Environment, Qualitative Health Research, May 2013.  



  • Schreb, A. Palmer, A. Frattarolli, S. and Pollack, K.  Exploring Food System Policy: A Survey of Food Policy Councils in the United States, Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development, August 2012.

  • Palmer, A.M.  Using Policy to Influence School Food Environments, Childhood Obesity, August 2011.  

  • Neff RA, Palmer A.M, McKenzie S, Lawrence RS. Food systems and public health disparities. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition, Winter 2009.