About NFACT

Maryland - Statewide

Erin Biehl

Kaitlyn Harper, MA, MSc

Johns Hopkins University

Kaitlyn Harper, MA, MSc, is a doctoral candidate in the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her main research focuses on the effect of food insecurity on adolescent diet quality and food acquisition behaviors. She is passionate about social justice and food justice and works to amplify voices of historically oppressed populations by conducting community-based research.

Roni Neff, PhD

Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Roni Neff is an associate professor in the Department of Environmental Health & Engineering at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a program director at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, an academic center focused on food systems and public health. Her research and teaching focus on food system resilience and environmental sustainability, with emphasis on equity and evidence-informed policy. Within NFACT, she serves on the executive team, co-leads the national survey (to be run 5x over one year), is running the survey in Maryland, and is working with the Albany, NY team on an adapted version. Her COVID-19 projects beyond NFACT include leading a national survey of food system workers, and contributing to creation of indicators to track food system impacts and resilience.

Joelle Robinson

Johns Hopkins University

Joelle Robinson is a PhD student in the Department of Health Behavior and Society at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. As a public health professional for the past ten years, Joelle has worked in local and federal government including the Food and Drug Administration, HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), and the DC Department of Health Community Health Administration, implementing programs, evaluations, and conducting research to inform policy. She also works in community with black farmers and organizers on food sovereignty and food justice issues within the District of Columbia and the Mid-Atlantic region. Through recent participation in the Culture of Health Leaders program, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Joelle co-developed SouthEats, a cooperatively owned healthy meal-delivery business currently being piloted. Joelle hopes to combine her practical experiences with advanced theoretical and methodological training to facilitate community participatory approaches that directly inform the development and transformation of government and institutional policies, while building the capacity of both target communities and policy and program implementers.

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