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The Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention is dedicated to reducing health disparities through community-based research and initiatives. Created in 1985 by the deans of the health affairs schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, we are part of a network of CDC Prevention Research Centers.


Headshot of Samuel Cykert Research Fellow Profile: Samuel Cykert, MD

Samuel Cykert, MD is a research fellow at HPDP and Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology at UNC-Chapel Hill.  What questions are you trying to answer with your research? How do we build … Continued

Headshot of Jenifer Leeman and Catherine Rohweder Investigators with the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network at HPDP to contribute to cancer screening improvement tool

Cancer screening saves lives. But many people don’t receive screening that could save their lives or don’t receive the right screening at the right time. A team of cancer prevention researchers at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease … Continued

Cover image of document that says "The Active Communities Tool Assessment Modules" with CDC logo. New CDC tool aims to help communities promote more physical activity

Staying active is one of the most important ways to maintain good health. Among active Americans, walking and biking are some of the most popular recreations because they are easiest to adapt to the hectic routines of daily life. According … Continued

Graphic with photo of Carmen Samuel-Hodge with blue ribbon icon and text: "Winner of Gillings Faculty Award for Excellence in Health Equity Research" Samuel-Hodge wins inaugural Gillings Faculty Award for Excellence in Health Equity Research

Carmen Samuel-Hodge, PhD, RD has been selected as the recipient of the inaugural Gillings Faculty Award for Excellence in Health Equity Research. Samuel-Hodge is an associate professor of nutrition at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. She is also the … Continued


Want to help us make a public health impact through prevention research? We work with community partners, both locally and nationally, to conduct research and create knowledge and tools that can improve community health. Your donations provide our Center essential resources including providing pilot grants that fund junior investigators and innovative research proposals; travel awards for graduate students; professional development opportunities for faculty, staff, and students; and much, much more. No amount is too small, so please consider donating today.

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