Food Policy Coordinator
Jen Aquilante, MPH, RDN, LDN is the Food Policy Coordinator/Interim Co-Program Manager for CDIP. She oversees food policy and nutrition initiatives with City departments, hospitals, restaurants and other food system partners. Jennifer graduated from the University of Delaware in 2000 with a BS in Dietetics and has been a Registered Dietitian since 2001. Jennifer obtained her Master in Public Health degree from Drexel University in 2009 and has been working for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health since 2010.
Community Health & Upper North District Planner
Peter Barnard is the Community Health and Upper North District Planner for the City of Philadelphia. He works with both the Department of Planning and Development as well as the Department of Public Health to address chronic health issues faced by the city’s residents through planning and as a community planner for an area of the city with nearly 150,000 people. He joined the City in March of 2020. Prior to his current position, Peter worked for the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, Scenic Hudson and the Clean Air Council. He graduated from University of Pennsylvania School of Design with a Masters in City and Regional Planning in 2013 with a concentration in Urban Design, and attended Bennington College, where he received with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Architecture and Social/Pollical Science in 2009. He has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) since 2015 and the American Planning Association since 2009.
Kinnari Chandriani is the Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Division Director. In this role, she works with partners across the city to address the social determinants of health. When Kinnari started with CDIP, she worked with City agencies to implement Comprehensive Food Standards into their food service and contracts. Prior to joining CDIP, she received her medical degree at Case Western Reserve University and completed her pediatric internship at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Health Partnerships Manager
Erica Danhoui, MPH, is the Health Partnerships Program Manager for CDIP. She leads PDPH’s health partnerships program, which is focused on promoting transformational change in health care settings, communities, workplaces, schools, the media, and policy environments. Erica joined the Department of Public Health in 2018, previously working on data and evaluation projects across CDIP. Prior to working with the City, Erica has worked in a variety of health care and patient care settings and received her MPH with a concentration in Epidemiology from Temple University in 2019.
Community Engagement & Media Specialist
Thierry Fortune is the Community Engagement & Media Specialist for CDIP. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Policy Advisory
Ben Hartung is the Public Policy Advisory for CDIP. He assists with policy development, legal research, and program implementation across the CDIP’s program areas of Tobacco Policy and Control, Nutrition and Physical Activity, and Injury Prevention. He also works with the Health Commissioner’s Office to facilitate Board of Health regulation development and public meetings. Ben joined the City in the winter of 2021. Before his current position, he both practiced at private law firms and worked for environmental and public health policy non-profit organizations. You can reach Ben at email@example.com.
Terry Johnson is the Communications Specialist for CDIP. He previously served as director of communications and press secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare and communications director for Pennsylvania council of the Service Employees International Union. Prior to that he published Real News, a literary journal, and The Business Review, a magazine aimed at African American and Latinos entrepreneurs. He also served as a city editor of New York’s Village Voice, a writer at Newsweek magazine and a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and numerous other newspapers. He has been active in a variety of causes and served on the boards of several organizations.
Health Partnerships Project Coordinator
Morgan Kelly, MPH is the Health Partnerships Project Coordinator for CDIP. She supports PDPH’s work on the Innovative State and Local Public Health Strategies to Prevent and Manage Diabetes and Heart Disease and Stroke grant from CDC to improve the cardiovascular outcomes of Philadelphians with hypertension, high cholesterol, and cardiovascular disease. She also assists in convening a task force composed of healthcare, community, and government organizations working to strengthen resource referral partnerships. Morgan joined the Department of Public Health in June 2022. Prior to her role with the City, she graduated from Saint Louis University with a Master of Public Health with concentrations in Epidemiology and Behavioral Science & Health Education.
Community Health Disparities Project Manager
Pilar Ocampo is Community Health Disparities Project Manager for CDIP. A member of the Community Partnerships team, Pilar leads projects that employ equitable engagement for chronic disease and injury prevention, as well as supporting health justice and racial equity work. Pilar joined CDIP after completing a two-year Urban Health Policy Fellowship with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. Pilar is currently a doctoral student at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Reach Pilar at Pilar.Ocampo@phila.gov.
Youth Wellness Coordinator
Jazzmin Prosper is the Youth Wellness Coordinator for CDIP. She has over 10 years of experience in youth development in K-12 and higher education settings. As the Youth Wellness Coordinator, Jazzmin’s primary focus is to lead the Youth Health Justice Community Advisory Board. This is a paid opportunity for Philadelphia high schoolers who have an interest in Public Health education and policy.
nutrition & physical activity Program Manager
Mica Root, MPH, is the Nutrition & Physical Activity Program Manager. She came to City government as a Parks & Recreation lifeguard in 2013 and joined CDIP the following year. Her work has included developing the Healthy Schools component of the Mayor’s Community Schools Initiative; leading early community-engagement efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic; and initiating collaborations to expand drinking water access, appeal and security in schools, rec centers and residences. Mica received an MPH from Johns Hopkins, where she was a Bloomberg American Health Initiative Fellow. She previously spent over a decade in economic and social justice organizing, including as co-founder and executive director of Media Mobilizing Project.
UX/UI Web Design Specialist
Pramiti Singh, MPH is the UX/UI Web Design Specialist for CDIP. Since joining CDIP in 2016, Pramiti’s work has evolved into design support and user experience prioritization. After graduating from Villanova University in 2011, she earned a MPH from Temple University. Most recently, she has completed certificates in Web Design from University of the Arts as well as User Experience from General Assembly. Pramiti is passionate about sharing essential information about the division’s work with the public in visually appealing and helpful ways. She does this through optimizing web and graphic designs for Philadelphians as well as developing communication materials to share with partners and government officials. You can reach her at Pramiti.Singh@phila.gov.
Nutrition & Food Servicer Coordinator
Matthew Williams is the Nutrition and Food Servicer Coordinator for CDIP. He supports the Philadelphia Nutrition Standards which promotes the health of communities through better nutrition. Matthew collaborates with hospitals in the city and throughout the region via the Good Food Healthy Hospital Initiative to implement comprehensive food standards. Additionally, he also partners with early childhood education providers to support children’s health and wellness. Matthew joined the Department of Public Health in March of 2020. He graduated from West Chester University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics and currently resides in West Philadelphia with his wife and son. You can reach Matthew at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chronic Disease Program & Policy Specialist