Jamie Bussel, MPH, is a program officer working in the area of childhood obesity and vulnerable populations. She designs and manages efforts that support environments and policies that promote the health of children and families. She seeks to develop innovative strategies to improve access to: healthy foods; opportunities for safe physical activity; and high quality early care and education for young children, especially the most vulnerable.
Having joined the Foundation in 2002, Bussel directs initiatives that foster multidisciplinary partnerships and systems-level change strategies to transform the health of people and places. “Creating healthy communities inevitably involves systems change, not just developing another project,” says Bussel. It is in this spirit that she leads one of the Foundations largest community-action initiatives, Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities, which addresses the root causes of childhood obesity through integrated changes in policies, practices, social supports, and the physical environment.
Drawn to the Foundation by its commitment to improve the health of people and communities, Bussel is an ardent supporter of the “active living” movement. She believes strongly in the impact of our physical, social, and educational environments on health. As she puts it: “Communities that are designed to promote routine physical activity, provide accessible, healthy food options, and are committed to engaging learning environments in early care and education settings, promote positive outcomes in young children and help children and families lead healthier lives.” She hopes that her work will help communities identify new methods for creating great places by drawing on the collective wisdom of those who live, learn, work, and play there.
Previously, Bussel held research positions at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-School of Public Health (UMDNJ-SPH), the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
She received an MPH in behavioral sciences/health education from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-School of Public Health, and a BA in English literature from the University of Michigan.
A New Jersey native, Bussel lives in Basking Ridge with her husband and two daughters. An advocate for active living and an avid runner, she is committed to a healthier future for our children.