Special Interest Projects (SIPs) are funded by the CDC in specific project areas and are only available to Prevention Research Centers. Our current SIPs are listed below. For a comprehensive listing of all SIPs awarded to HPDP through the PRC program, please click here. More information about each SIP listed below can be found on our project listing page.

Current UNC Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

  • The Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network Coordination Center, PI Stephanie Wheeler, PhD. Since 2002, the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN) has worked with national, state, and local partners to reduce the burden of cancer, especially among those disproportionately affected. By conducting community-based research across geographically dispersed Collaborating Centers, the CPCRN has advanced the science of dissemination and the use of evidence-based cancer prevention and control in communities. The UNC PRC will provide experienced, effective leadership to guide the network through a significant transition in membership and focus while enhancing the network’s productivity and influence.
  • The Comprehensive Cancer Control Collaboration of North Carolina (4CNC), PI Jennifer Leeman, DrPH. The 4CNC will conduct community-based research to promote evidence-based cancer prevention and control, collaborating with other Centers in network projects, and building practitioners’ capacity to implement evidence-based interventions.
  • It takes a village- a multi-disciplinary, multi-level evaluation, PI Tiffany Shubert, PhD.  This project is a continuation of an evaluation project funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (CDC). The Falls Evaluation and Technical Assistance team is a joint effort between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Georgia, and Texas A&M Health Sciences. Each team member has contributed to the first three years of the State Driven Falls Prevention evaluation project and will build upon this experience to achieve Village.
  • Countertobacco.org: Disseminating Point of Sale Resources, PI Kurt Ribisl, PhD. Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States, resulting in nearly 480,000 deaths each year. Tobacco companies spend the overwhelming majority of their annual marketing budget at the point of sale (POS). Our broad goal is to maintain and develop new content for a comprehensive online resource to assess and counteract tobacco product availability and marketing in the retail environment in order to further local, state and federal POS policy change.
  •  UNC Coordinating Center of the Worksite Health Research Network, PI Laura Linnan, ScD.A UNC Chapel Hill-based Coordinating Center (UNC-CC) with expertise in chronic disease prevention, worksite health promotion, occupational health and safety, and injury prevention will lead the newly-formed CDC–funded Workplace Health Research Network (WHRN).The UNC-CC leads efforts to help prioritize among pilot projects submitted for consideration using a consensus-building process and agreed-upon set of criteria. Leading the WHRN, the UNC-CC will establish and implement a comprehensive workplace prevention research agenda that advances knowledge, improves practice and creates health-supportive policies that reduce the growing US chronic disease burden.
  • Testing the Effects of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program among Lower-Wage Workers, PI Shawn Kneipp, PhD. Over time, poor disease management and symptom control impairs role functioning in key life domains – such as employment.  The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) was originally developed for older adult populations, and has been primarily focused on delivering the program to older adults in community settings.  This project extends the CDSMP to lower-wage populations aged 40-64 years by partnering with public libraries and employment support networks in select North Carolina counties.