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Alice Ammerman, DrPH

Alice Ammerman, DrPH

Mildred Kaufman Distinguished Professor
Department of Nutrition
Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • 1700 Martin Luther King Boulevard
  • CB #7426
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599
  • USA

 Dr. Ammerman is interested in design, testing, implementation and dissemination of innovative clinical and community-based nutrition and physical activity interventions for chronic disease risk reduction in low income and minority populations. She is Director of the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP), part of a national network of 26 CDC prevention research centers (PRCs) that work with community partners to identify public health problems to develop and evaluate prevention-focused public health interventions for wide dissemination, particularly in underserved communities. Dr. Ammerman and colleagues have developed and are testing the “Med-South” diet which is the Mediterranean diet adapted to agricultural availability and taste preferences in the Southeastern US. Her research addresses the role of sustainable food systems in health, the environment, and economic well-being, emphasizing the social determinants of health, particularly food access and food insecurity.  Dr. Ammerman teaches courses in Nutrition Policy and Public Health Entrepreneurship. She has a developing interest in Culinary Medicine to improve medical training programs and uses social entrepreneurship as a sustainable approach to addressing public health concerns.

Honors and Awards

Public Health Systems and Services Research, Academic Researcher Award from the North Carolina Public Health Association

2014, North Carolina Public Health Association

Ned Brooks Award for Public Service

2011, UNC-CH

Excellence in Dietary Guidance Award

2006, American Public Health Association

Greenberg Award

2000, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Delta Omega Honor Society and Special Service Award

1981, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Magna Cum Laude

1976, Duke University

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