More than the numbers, our North Carolina partners’ stories and quotes tell best how HPDP makes a difference in North Carolina:
- Patricia Peterson, a pastor of a small church in eastern North Carolina, exemplifies leadership growth and empowerment in connection with HOPE Works. In addition to chairing the Community Advisory Committee for HOPE Works and serving on the HPDP Steering Committee, Reverend Peterson was recently appointed to the Poverty Reduction and Economic Recovery Legislative Study Commission.
- Darlene Leysath says HOPE Works inspired her to become a business owner. Since beginning the program she has become the owner and operator of two Curves fitness centers in Duplin County and has a weekly radio show on health.
- The Partnership Project, Inc., a long-time HPDP research partner in Greensboro, provides anti-racism training for state and local government employees. Police officers, teachers, school board members and employees within the local housing authority, along with community-based researchers and University staff have participated in the Undoing Racism Workshop. The Partnership Project partners with HPDP on the Greensboro Cancer Care and Racial Equity Study.
- HPDP’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC) program was distributed statewide in 2007-08 and 2008-09 thanks to funding by the NC Partnership for Children. The NAP SACC program resulted in a number of positive changes in the nutrition and physical activity environments at child care – affecting nearly 3,500 children.
- The Center of Excellence in Training and Research Translation (Center TRT) serves public health practitioners in NC by disseminating evidence-supported obesity prevention interventions and offering web-based training on current nutrition and physical activity recommendations as well as intervention strategies. There were 1,781 North Carolina visitors to the Center TRT website in 2008.