Anne Palmer is the Food Communities and Public Health program director at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future and a research associate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society. She directs the Food Policy Networks project, which seeks to improve the capacity of new and existing food policy councils and similar organizations to advance food system policies. As part of that project, Anne helps manage a database of resources on state and local food policy, moderates a listserv of 1,200+ members, and works directly with several food policy councils in the Chesapeake region and around the US.
Anne’s research interests include food access, food policy, food environments, urban agriculture, local and regional food systems, and community food security. Currently she is studying how state and local food policy groups develop and implement their missions, the use of SNAP benefits in farmers markets, and how people think about “regional food systems.” In collaboration with seven other universities in the Northeast, she is a co-investigator on a 5-year, USDA-funded research project that explores how to use regional food systems to improve community food security. Exploring Food Security in the Northeast through Regional Food Systems (EFSNE) is a USDA-funded Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) project.
Prior to joining CLF, Anne worked for the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs for 13 years developing and managing strategic communication plans and large-scale health communication campaigns and programs in Pakistan, Indonesia, the Philippines, India and Nepal.
Anne Palmer, MAIA
Food Communities & Public Health Program
"Food systems work requires a lot of examination and caveats. It isn't very black and white. It makes it very interesting but it also can be frustrating when you want to be definitive and it doesn't always work out that way. "