Alice Ammerman, DrPH
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.
Alice Ammerman in the Gillings News
- Blue Cross NC, UNC join forces for new clinical study to improve food security, chronic health conditions
- UNC-Chapel Hill named NIOSH Center of Excellence for Total Worker Health®
- CDC grant expands COVID-19 vaccination to doctor’s offices, targeting hard-to-reach populations
- Gillings School celebrates 'food hero' Alice Ammerman on World Food Day 2020
- Chatham Food Hub helps communities access local food during COVID-19 pandemic
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
Excellence in Dietary Guidance Award
2006, American Public Health Association
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
Co-Teaches NUTR 245: Sustainable, Local Food Systems – Intersection of local foods and public health
NUTR 780: Public Health Entrepreneurship
NUTR 875: Nutrition Policy Seminar
Research Interests:Aging, Behavior Science, Cancer, Diabetes, Health Equity, Health Services and Systems Strengthening, Heart Disease and Stroke, Implementation Science, Nutrition and Physical Activity, Obesity, Oral Health, Public Health Studies (Design, Conduct and Analysis)
Developing an agenda for research about policies to improve access to healthy foods in rural communities: a concept mapping study. A Ammerman, C Byker, W Dean, S Fleischhacker, D Johnson, J Kolodinsky, C Pinard, S Pitts, E Quinn, J Sharkey, M Sitaker (2014). BMC public health, 14(1), 592.
A Comparison of Live Counseling With a Web-Based Lifestyle and Medication Intervention to Reduce Coronary Heart Disease Risk: A Randomized Clinical Trial. A Ammerman, S Bangdiwala, K Donahue, L Draeger, K Evenson, E Finkelstein, Z Gizlice, M Gross, L Johnston, T Keyserling, E Kruger, M Pignone, C Samuel-Hodge, S Sheridan, P Sloane, E Steinbacher, M Vu, B Weiner (2014). JAMA internal medicine.
A systematic approach to evaluating public health training: The obesity prevention in public health course. Alice Ammerman, Rosanne Farris, Cecilia Gonzales, Claire Heiser, Jennifer Leeman, Avia Mainor, Janice Sommers (2014). Journal of Public Health Management and Practice.
Associations Between Neighborhood-Level Factors Related to a Healthful Lifestyle and Dietary Intake, Physical Activity, and Support for Obesity Prevention Polices Among Rural Adults. Alice Ammerman, Kelly Evenson, Beverly Garcia, Ziya Gizlice, Larry Johnston, Thomas Keyserling, Jared McGuirt, Stephanie Pitts, Ann Rafferty, Tosha Smith (2014). Journal of Community Health.
- RD, Nutrition, American Dietetic Association, 2007
- DrPH, Nutrition, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1990
- MPH, Nutrition, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1981
- BA, Comparatiave Area Studies in Africa, Anthropology, Duke University, 1976