Mission

The UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention’s Food, Fitness and Opportunity Research Collaborative aims to build economic security, improve health outcomes and contribute to community-based research literature to address those effected by inequity in North Carolina.

Values

  • We believe in the principles of Trauma Informed Community Building: Do No Harm, Acceptance, Community Empowerment and Reflective Process.
  • We believe economic security is vital to health promotion and disease prevention.
  • We believe healthy food access is a right, not a privilege, and all people no matter gender, ethnicity, race, class, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age or age hold this right.
  • We strive to take community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach to our projects, which creates interventions that are grounded in community values and implemented, evaluated, and disseminated with community guidance and involvement. This approach will coincide with any racial and cultural norms established by the communities.
  • We believe in rigorous evaluation of interventions at the cross section of food systems, economic development, and health.
  • We employ utilization-focused evaluations that serve to empower stakeholders while improving their lives and livelihood.
  • We include a diverse array of innovative data collection methods that highlight the concerns, expectations, opinions and opportunities of the stakeholders we serve.
  • We believe in linking research to social justice in order to dismantle institutional racism.
  • We acknowledge that communities of color and/or low-income communities have suffered disproportionately from racism and discrimination, at the institutional and individual level.
  • We view changes on policy, systems, and environmental levels as vital to achieving healthy equity.

Positionality Statement

We believe healthy food access is a right, not a privilege, and all people no matter gender, ethnicity, race, class, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or age hold this right. We acknowledge that communities of color and low-income communities have suffered disproportionately from racism and discrimination and acknowledge their assets, resources and resiliency.