Jennifer Whittaker MUP
Jenny Whittaker is a clinical research associate at PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), a doctoral student in the Department of City and Regional Planning in the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, and serves as the staff lead for PolicyLab's Intergenerational Family Services Portfolio. Ms. Whittaker provides qualitative and mixed-method research support across multiple projects.
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. Her research interests focus on decreasing health disparities in rural areas of the United States, particularly through community economic development approaches that include community-based participatory action methods. 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.