The HPDP Communications and Dissemination publicizes and promotes the mission and vision of the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, HPDP. The HPDP communications staff serves as a liaison between HPDP researchers and the media, the community and public health practitioners. The core staff creates materials showcasing the Center’s research for the web, print and multimedia presentations.

Dr. Jennifer Leeman leads the Communication and Dissemination Core in collaboration with Sonya Sutton, Communications Specialist. Together they work with project directors, investigators, and staff to integrate communication of HPDP’s research, training, evaluation, and community activities and findings via multiple channels to university, public health, policy making, and community partners statewide; and supporting the dissemination of evidence-based strategies to public health and other community-based practitioners in North Carolina and nationwide.

The core provides the following services to all research fellows, staff and students affiliated with HPDP:

  1. Communicates HPDP research activities and findings to news media and general public via press releases, web features and social networking sites.
  2. Works with UNC News Bureau and the SPH Communications Office to disseminate HPDP activities and research findings to academic and community audiences.
  3. Promotes Center training activities using multiple strategies to reach intended audiences including faculty, staff, students; community partners; and the community at large.
  4. Provides editing support to researchers working to publish research, training, and methodological papers in peer-reviewed journals and display all HPDP publications in a combined database.


To request any communications services, please contact:
Communications Specialist Julia Kimmel


Disseminations and Communications Core Director Jennifer Leeman