The UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention addresses pressing health problems by collaborating with communities to conduct research, provide training, and translate research findings into policy and practice. The Center seeks to reduce health disparities through an emphasis on community-based participatory research to ensure that the community is involved in every stage of research. The CDC selected HPDP to be one of its first three Prevention Research Centers in 1985. Now comprised of 25 academic institutions, the PRC program is an interdependent network of community, academic, and public health partners that conduct prevention research and promote practices proven to promote good health.
Our vision is to bring public health research findings to the daily lives of individuals and communities with a special focus on North Carolina and populations vulnerable to disease.
Our mission is accomplished by working with partners to:
- enhance the ability of public health practitioners, as well as individuals, groups and communities to promote health and prevent disease,
- conduct, evaluate, and disseminate innovative, community-based research, and develop education and training programs to translate research into public health practice.
September, 2009 – Community members walking in Clinton, N.C. to celebrate 16 years of the HOPE Works research partnership in Sampson and Duplin Counties.