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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.


Profile shot of an elderly senior man taking to a food delivery male with a grocery box outdoor with building on background. Meal basket as social help and support. Haynes-Maslow and Ammerman receive grant from Humana Foundation to study social isolation among senior residents and home meal delivery

The Humana Foundation awarded Drs. Lindsey Haynes-Maslow, PhD, MHA, and Alice Ammerman, DrPH, MPH, a $250,000 health equity research grant. This grant will support a meal delivery program for low-income senior residents that focuses on social connection and mental health. … Read more

Scott Conger, Steve Herrmann, and Erik Willis headshots Willis co-leads update of 2024 Compendium of Physical Activities to enhance physical activity and health research and promotion

An international group of researchers has collaborated to create the updated 2024 Compendium of Physical Activities. The Compendium of Physical Activities is a fundamental physical activity and health resource that offers standardized measurements and classifications of specific physical activities, so … Read more

Erik Willis Headshot Dr. Erik Willis named as new Children’s Healthy Weight Research Group director

Dr. Erik Willis, PhD, has been promoted to Director of the Children’s Healthy Weight Research Group at the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Dr. Willis received his Doctorate in Exercise Physiology from the University of Kansas and a … Read more

Smith and Erinosho receives FRAC grant to study barriers of access to nutritious food in early childcare centers

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) awarded Drs. Falon Smith, PhD, MS and Temitope Erinosho, PhD a grant to understand disparities in access to the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and develop strategies for equitable dissemination and uptake. … Read more


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