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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.


    Today we are specifically talking about our work in the food retail setting, you can find the toolkit we developed here: #snapedworks

    Two members of our research team, Lindsay Guge Cozon and Claire Sadeghzadeh, and our partner @CookingMatters, Megan Bradley, are sharing how we’ve used human centered design to create user-centered food skills education interventions. #snapedworks

    No matter which version of @Ray4NCKids best represents you, all are champions for making sure kids have the nutrition they need, even in the summer months when school traditionally lets out for the season.

    Learn more about Ray and summer meals at!

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