Mark & Sushma Palmer Public Health Advocacy Fellowship

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Thank you to Dr. Sushma Palmer for her generous commitment of $250,000 to create the Mark & Sushma Palmer Public Health Advocacy Fellowship at CSPI.  For five years, CSPI is hosting an advocate who will gain valuable skills while promoting nutrition, public health, and citizen advocacy. 

CSPI’s current fellow is Angela Amico.  Ms. Amico supports CSPI’s campaigns to shape the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and promote healthier foods for public places. Prior to joining CSPI in 2015, Amico received her Master’s in Public Health from New York University and her Bachelor’s in Nutrition from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo. She has completed internships for the World Health Organization, the New York University SeedProgram, and the New York State Health Foundation. ​

Palmer Fellow Angela Amico meets regularly with Dr. Sushma Palmer.

During her time as a fellow, Ms. Amico has worked closely with senior staff to help:

  • Win a line for “Added Sugars” line on the Nutrition Facts Panel and defend that change against delays by organizing letters co-signed by 42 public health and consumer groups, 11 major city and county health departments, and 70 public health and nutrition science researchers; organizing a virtual grocery delivery to the Office of Management and Budget of products bearing the updated Nutrition Facts label; drafting and circulating model comments and infographics.
  • Lead efforts to influence the process for developing the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. 
  • Advance local advocacy efforts to adopt sugar-drink taxes by writing letters of support, organizing partners in those states or jurisdictions, and engaging CSPI’s grassroots networks.
  • Promote food service guidelines for public places and institutions in communities nationwide. 

Dr. Palmer served as Director of the US National Academy of Sciences' Food and Nutrition Board and, prior to that, Project Director with its Board on Toxicology and Environmental Health Hazards.She is the founder of the Center for Communications, Health, and the Environment (CECHE), a nonprofit dedicated to assisting under-served communities in the US and developing nations by initiating, coordinating and supporting programs to improve health and alleviate the adverse health effects of environmental pollution. Dr. Palmer has 30 years of international experience including research, teaching, and program design and management in the United States, India, Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Ukraine.She has served on CSPI’s board of directors since 2001.