The UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) will continue to be a part of a major federal network of prevention research centers until at least 2014. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) invited HPDP to be a member of their Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers network on Wednesday after a competitive application process.
The core funding will support elements of HPDP’s infrastructure including community engagement and partnerships, communication and dissemination, training, evaluation, and a core research project. The core research project, Seeds of HOPE, will build on fifteen years of community-based participatory research with women in rural communities in southeastern North Carolina. The new project will incorporate greater emphasis on grassroots economic empowerment in response to continuing economic challenges and their detrimental impact on health.
The CDC network is an important source of funding for HPDP and allows the Center to compete for Special Interest Project (SIP) funding awards that are confined to Prevention Research Centers. In the past, SIPs have addressed obesity, physical activity, cancer, heart disease, tobacco control, HIV/AIDS, health disparities and dissemination of research findings.
Thirty-five academic institutions across the United States received new Prevention Research Centers awards in this cycle. UNC’s center is one of the three oldest in the country, first funded by the CDC in 1986.
Date: March 30, 2009