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Willis receives Alzheimer’s Association grant to study physical activity interventions in older adults

September 27, 2022

Dr. Erik Willis, PhD, MPH, has received a grant from the Alzheimer’s Association to pilot a multi-level intervention that aims to increase physical activity for individuals in adult supervised care se … Continued

Rev Bill Kearney in front of Warrenton's sign commemorating the PCB Protests that birthed the environmental justice movement

Rev. Kearney empowers communities to celebrate their role in environmental justice movement

September 16, 2022

Community members, university officials, activists, and clergy will gather in Warrenton, N.C. on September 17 to mark the 40th anniversary of the protests that launched the environmental justice movem … Continued

HPDP Research Fellow Thompson receives $500,000 CDC grant to study ovarian cancer diagnosis

September 15, 2022

A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) research team has received a two-year, $500,000 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to better understand healthcare-rela … Continued


Case study shares example of closing health care disparities through antiracist organizing

July 21, 2022

“Imagine a world where racial disparities in healthcare could be virtually eliminated. Actually, there is no need to imagine — it has already happened at a health care center in Greensboro, North Caro … Continued

HPDP awards $5,000 planning grant to UNC faculty studying cannabis prevention research

July 19, 2022

The UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention has awarded Sarah Kowitt, PhD, MPH, and Leah Ranney, PhD, MA, a planning grant of $5,000 for their research project on cannabis warning label … Continued

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Willis wins ACSM New Investigator Award and presents preliminary research on methods to measure children’s screen time

June 17, 2022

Erik Willis, PhD, a research scientist with the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP), is the recipient of a 2022 New Investigator Award from the American College of Sports Medicin … Continued

The mural spans two walls. On the back wall, a woman stands in profile with a long braid down her back and seeds and grasses woven into the braid. On the long wall to the right, another woman with long hair reaches out over the ground with her hand facing down, dropping seeds into the earth. Behind her is a rainbow.

Q and A with HPDP mural artist Isabel Lu

June 13, 2022

During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021, HPDP decided to create a welcoming outdoor meeting space outside of our offices. To transform the space, we partnered with UNC Arts Everywhere to commission a mur … Continued

Sign that says UNC Mini Mart outside of a doorway where you can see the back of a woman who is entering the mini mart

Picture warnings on sodas? A promising tool to fight childhood obesity

February 4, 2022

The UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) provides space and logistical support for a unique laboratory — the “UNC Mini Mart.” The Mini Mart is set up to mimic a convenience st … Continued