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    The UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) 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 26 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 foster good health. 

    Our vision is to work in partnership to bring public health research findings to the daily lives of individuals and their communities with a special focus on North Carolina and populations vulnerable to disease. 

    Our mission is to collaborate with research and community partners to: 

    • enhance the ability of public health practitioners, as well as individuals, groups and communities to promote health and prevent disease; 
    • identify funding opportunities and support high-quality research; 
    • conduct, evaluate and disseminate innovative, community-based research; and 
    • develop education and training programs to translate research into public health practice.


    In an article led by Dr. Betsy Risendal, PI of our @ColoradoSPH Collaborating Center, #CPCRN investigators leveraged diverse expertise to inform national response strategies to reduce the burden of #COVID19 & related disparities

    @AmJPrevMed #AJPM #cancer

    Takeaways #PRCweek2021:
    1. #PreventionWorks - look no further than #COVID19Vaccine
    2. Virtual collaboration in #COVID19 is working
    3. #PublicHealthIsEverywhere t-shirt campaign is needed!
    4. A+ for inclusion of community voices & captioning + interpreters

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