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Project Title

HOPE (Health, Opportunity, Partnerships, Empowerment) Works

Funding Dates



HOPE Works’ 5-year research goal was to develop, implement, and evaluate a community-based obesity and empowerment program for overweight and obese, low-income, and minority women in two rural counties through a community-based participatory research approach (CBPR). Study objectives included (1) building on previous research, and in close partnership with our community partners, plan and implement an innovative intervention approach that links the health issues of obesity, diet, physical activity, stress and the “hope” issues of education, jobs, economic improvement and community development in 2 rural counties; (2) conduct formative research to identify community, organizational, family, and individual barriers, cultural concerns, and facilitators to address the obesity and “hope” issues; (3) using CBPR, plan and assess strategies to expand the responsibilities and capacities of our community partners to implement the HOPE Works project; and (4) evaluate the impact of the intervention.

Research Areas 

Cardiovascular Health, Obesity, and Diabetes
Nutrition and Physical Activity

Principal Investigator

Marci Campbell, RD, MPH, PhD


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention