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James W. Krieger

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Clinical Professor, Health Systems and Population Health

Executive Director
Healthy Food America


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

Contact Info


Healthy Food America
PO Box 22260
Seattle, WA 98122

voice:   206-451-8186


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.

Chronic disease prevention; healthy food policy, nutrition science; policy evaluation; asthma
  • HSERV 553
    Health Policy Development and Advocacy in the United States

Cheadle A, Cromp D, Krieger JW, Chan N, McNees M, Ross-Viles S, Kellogg R, Rahimian A, MacDougall E. Promoting Policy, Systems, and Environment Change to Prevent Chronic Disease: Lessons Learned From the King County Communities Putting Prevention to Work Initiative. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2016 Jul-Aug;22(4):348-59. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000313.  PMID: 26214696

Campbell JD, Brooks M, Hosokawa P, Robinson J, Song L, Krieger J. Community Health Worker Home Visits for Medicaid-Enrolled Children With Asthma: Effects on Asthma Outcomes and Costs. Am J Public Health. 2015 Nov;105(11):2366-72. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2015.302685. Epub 2015 Aug 13.  PMID: 26270287

Chen R, Smyser M, Chan N, Ta M, Saelens BE, Krieger J. Changes in awareness and use of calorie information after mandatory menu labeling in restaurants in king county, washington. Am J Public Health. 2015 Mar;105(3):546-53. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2014.302262. Epub 2015 Jan 20.  PMID: 25602868    PMCID: PMC4330858
PubMed Central

Krieger J, Song L, Philby M. Community health worker home visits for adults with uncontrolled asthma: the HomeBASE Trial randomized clinical trial. JAMA Intern Med. 2015 Jan;175(1):109-17. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.6353.  PMID: 25419871

Kern E, Chan NL, Fleming DW, Krieger JW; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Declines in student obesity prevalence associated with a prevention initiative - King County, Washington, 2012. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2014 Feb 21;63(7):155-7.  PMID: 24553199

Member, capstone for Lance Frankel
Washington Food System Policy Gap Analysis During COVID-19

Examining the Effects of Taxes and Warning Labels on Parents’ Purchases of SSBs Using a Choice Experiment
RTI International
PI:   Krieger           Dates:    3/1/2021 - 2/28/2023

Don’t be Fooled! Developing and testing counter-marketing and healthy beverage social media messages for parents of Latinx children age 0-5
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
PI:   Krieger           Dates:    3/1/2019 - 8/31/2020