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Jim Krieger

Clinical Professor Emeritus, Health Systems and Population Health

Executive Director, Healthy Food America

206-451-8186 | jkrieger@hfamerica.org

Healthy Food America, PO Box 22260, Seattle, WA 98122

Research Interests

Chronic disease prevention; healthy food policy, nutrition science; policy evaluation; asthma


Jim Krieger, MD, MPH is founding Executive Director of Action for Healthy Food (AHF) and Institute for Healthy Food (IHF) and was chief of the Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Section at Public Health-Seattle and King County Dr. Krieger is a nationally recognized leader in the development and evaluation of community-based chronic disease prevention programs. His work has included supporting improvements in school nutrition and physical activity, implementing and evaluating the nation’s second menu labeling regulation, reducing exposure to sugary drinks, expanding access to healthy foods for low income people, supporting development of healthier built environments, and promoting adoption of smoke-free policies for in public housing. His community health worker home visit and healthy housing initiatives aimed at improving asthma outcomes have been widely replicated.

In his current role as Executive Director of AHF and IHF, he is focused on promoting healthy food policy, communications and research. He has led numerous healthy community initiatives, including Steps to Health, Communities Putting Prevention to Work, Transforming the Health of South King County, and King County Partnerships in Community Health.

His work has been funded by NIH, CDC, HUD and many private foundations. He was a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Childhood Obesity Action for Local and its Committee on Evaluating Progress in Obesity Prevention. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the US Secretary of Health and Human Services Innovation in Prevention, the HUD Healthy Homes Innovation, and the US EPA Children’s Environmental Health Excellence Awards.


MD Internal Medicine, University of California (San Francisco), 1984
MPH University of Washington, 1989
AB Biochemistry, Harvard University, 1978

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