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The Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention is a transdisciplinary center within ASU’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation. The center collaborates with community partners to enhance the health and well being of vulnerable populations across the lifespan. Led by Director Gabriel Shaibi with input from a team of seasoned researchers and staff members, the center is structured around three main cores that include research, training, and community engagement. Through the activities of these cores, the center conducts and disseminates extramurally-funded research, supports the training of the next generation of health promotion and disease prevention scholars, and engages local community members, agencies, and stakeholders to support the translation of research findings into real-world applications.
Ongoing research efforts within the center include a project that examines the impact of a community health obesity prevention intervention for Latino infants; research that tests the utility of tai chi to reduce fatigue in breast cancer survivors; a community-based diabetes prevention program for Latino youth; a project that looks at the efficacy, delivery, and sustainability of physical activity and healthy eating among preschool children; and a grant funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to study preventive drug abuse in adolescents. In addition to these research projects, the center also has an active Youth Advisory Board and mentors undergraduate, graduate, and early career faculty members.