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Mariana Chilton, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor

Mariana Chilton
Phone: 267.359.6026
College: School of Public Health
Program: Health Management and Policy, Center for Hunger-Free Communities
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AB, History and Literature: Latin America, Harvard University; MA, Folklore & Ethnography, University of Pennsylvania; MPH, Epidemiology, University of Oklahoma; PhD, Folklore & Folklife, Univesity of Pennsylvania


Mariana Chilton, PhD, MPH is an Associate Professor of Public Health at the Drexel University School of Public Health. She is the Director of the Center for Hunger-Free Communities (formerly known as the Philadelphia GROW Project/Witnesses to Hunger) and Co-Principal investigator of Children's HealthWatch. She most recently launched Witnesses to Hunger to increase women’s participation in the national dialogue on hunger and poverty.

Dr. Chilton founded Witnesses to Hunger to increase women’s participation in the national dialogue on hunger and poverty.  Dr. Chilton received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Oklahoma, and Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University.   She has testified before the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives on the importance of child nutrition programs and other anti-poverty policies.  She has served as an advisor to Sesame Street and to the Institute of Medicine.  Her awards include the “Nourish Award” from MANNA, the “Unsung Hero Award” for Improving the Lives of Women and Girls from Women’s Way and the Young Professional Award in Maternal and Child Health from the American Public Health Association.  Her work has been featured in the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, public radio and CBS National News.

Research Interests

  • Nutrition
  • Housing and health
  • Chronic diseases
  • Community health
  • Human rights
  • Hunger


Frank DA, Casey PH, Black MM, Rose-Jacobs R, Chilton M, Cutts D, et al. Cumulative hardship and wellness of low-income, young children: multisite surveillance study. Pediatrics 2010;125(5):e1115-23.

Hager ER, Quigg AM, Black MM, Coleman SM, Heeren T, Rose-Jacobs R, Chilton M, et al, Development and validity of a 2-item screen to identify families at risk for food insecurity. Pediatrics 2010 ;126(1):e26-32.

Chilton, MM, Rabinowhich, J, Council, C, Breaux, J. Witnesses to Hunger: participation though photovoice to ensure the right to food. Health and Human Rights, 2009;11(1):73-86.