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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.


A chart showing an expected cost increase from $63.4 billion in 2015 to $152.4 billion in 2030. Title: The medical and productivity costs of metastatic breast cancer are projected to increase by 140% between 2015 and 2030 Study estimates costs of treating and living with metastatic breast cancer will more than double between 2015 and 2030, due to increase in cases among younger women

A study from the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) estimates that annual costs associated with metastatic breast cancer among U.S. women will total $152.4 billion in 2030, nearly two and a half times the estimate for … Continued

Samuel Cykert Headshot 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

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

Young child eating an apple No Kid Hungry NC, Carolina Hunger Initiative support meals for children during COVID-19 school closures

Nationwide, families who rely on school meals for breakfast and lunch are worried about feeding their children. In North Carolina, an organization at UNC-Chapel Hill is reducing that stress. No Kid Hungry North Carolina was formed in 2011 in partnership with state … Continued


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