Anja Fries, Baltimore City Health Department

Anja's Fellowship:

In the Baltimore City Health Department, Anja works with the Deputy Commissioner for Population Health and Emergency Preparedness. She develops programming that aims to improve the health of an entire community, instead of just an individual, by addressing social determinants of health. Ultimately, she wants to expand health services beyond the clinic, to address the root causes of health disparities in communities.


Anja was born and raised in Baltimore County. She attended Davidson College where she graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Hispanic Studies and a minor in biochemistry. After graduation, she conducted cancer research in Spain through a Fulbright grant. In her free time she loves to cook and travel.

Why do you choose to live and work in Baltimore?  

It is a vibrant city, affordable, and has a lot to offer in the health field.

What's one surprising fact about yourself?  

My name, while a common name in German, is also the first two letters of my parents names put together.

Go-to snack? 

Hummus and pretzels.