Jennifer Whittaker, MUP

Jennifer Whittaker, MUP
Associate Fellow

Research Coordinator/Doctoral Student, PolicyLab, CHOP / Penn School of Design

Public Health Interests

Community/Population Health, Health Equity, Rural Health, Urban Planning



Current Public-Health Related Activities

Jennifer Whittaker is a research coordinator at PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and a doctoral student in the Department of City and Regional Planning in the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. Her research interests focus on decreasing health disparities in rural communities. Jennifer completed a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Prior to coming to Philadelphia, Jennifer was a research associate at the Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab where she conducted research on the role of local government policy and planning in facilitating healthy communities. She is dedicated to working at the intersection of planning and public health to create communities that allow people to live full and healthy lives.

Select Publications

Raja, Samina and Jennifer Whittaker. 2018. “Community Food Infrastructure: A Vital Consideration for Planning Healthy Communities”. In Beatley, Timothy, Reuben Rainey, and Carla Jones (eds.). Healthy Environments, Healing Spaces: Current Practice and Future Directions in Health and Design. University at Virginia Press.

Whittaker, Jennifer, Jill K. Clark, Samina Raja, and Sarah Sangiovanni. 2017. “Planning for Food Systems: Community University Partnerships for Food Systems Transformation”. Metropolitan Universities.

Raja, Samina, Jennifer Whittaker, Enjoli Hall, Kimberley Hodgson, and Maryam Khojasteh. In press. “Growing Food Connections through Urban Planning: Lessons from the United States”. In Integrating Food into Urban Planning. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.