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Ashley Gripper

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
PhD student, RWJF Health Policy Research Scholar
Boston, MA
Ashley earned her Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology from Columbia University, after which she worked with the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and Kohn Pederson Fox Architecture Firm (KPF) to develop ways to improve the food environment through retail near Red Hook’s Housing Projects. She was the winner of the New York City Department of Design and Construction’s Sustainabuild Design Challenge where she and her collaborators offered evidence-based suggestions on how the department could increase the public health impact through design updates of the city’s existing bridges. Ashley is currently a PhD student at Harvard University in the Population Health Sciences program and Environmental Health Department. Her research assesses the impact of the built environment, specifically in terms of food access and urban agriculture, on human health. She is exploring how cities, neighborhoods, and housing can be designed to promote healthy eating, community sovereignty, and equity.