Gretchen Suess, PhD

Gretchen Suess, PhD
Senior Fellow

Director of Evaluation, Netter Center for Community Partnerships

Public Health Interests

Community/Population Health, Health Equity, Nutrition, Policy



Current Public-Health Related Activities

As Director of Evaluation, I embrace a mixed-method and collaborative approach to evaluation informed by anthropology and place-based participatory research. Our community and school partnerships at the Netter Center demand a systems-based approach to evaluation and research that improve multiple institutions, programs and policies simultaneously around human health, environmental health, education, economics, and civic engagement. In particular, ongoing evaluative research of our Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative will contribute to scholarly and practitioner discussions to develop more effective partnerships and interventions that can successfully reduce adverse health outcomes through rigorous and locally-defined evaluations with an integration of local and scientific knowledge.

Select Publications:

Gretchen E.L. Suess. Mapping the West Philadelphia Community Nutrition Environment with Penn Faculty. Paper presented at the Inaugural 2009 OUCEC Southwest Regional Network Conference– Tulsa, OK, November 10, 2009.

Rebecca Reumann-Moore and Gretchen Suess. Children at Play: An Evaluation of EW/NSCC’s Socialized Recess Program. Prepared for EducationWorks. Research for Action, January, 2006.