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Community Capacity-Building


Examples of achievements are summarized here and regularly updated. Achievements associated with CDC’s Winnable Battles are noted. This term describes public health priorities having large-scale impact on health and for which effective strategies are known.



The National Community Committee (NCC) represents the people in communities that work with PRCs as research partners. It is the only such grassroots organization of its kind in the nation. Formalized in 2002, the NCC participates in many projects, including creating The Partnership Trust Tool, designed to spark reflection and dialogue around various components of trust. The tool, which consists of a survey and facilitated discussion, is available to all groups interested in building trust for participatory research.

Learn about the tool and download it from the PRC Program’s website.



Obesity Winnable BattleThreads of HOPE is a small business developed by community partners and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill PRC. The enterprise is a spinoff of the center's core research project in which trained community facilitators run support groups enabling women to help each other make health and lifestyle changes. The women live in eastern North Carolina, where unemployment and poverty are high, and economic depression contributed to a sense of hopelessness that made some women unmotivated to address health behaviors. The women who participate in the community-owned business receive a living wage, training in textile production and business management, health insurance, a chance to pursue higher education, and exposure to health promotion interventions—mostly about nutrition and physical activity.

CDC Winnable Battle: Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity

Read the feature story about Threads of HOPE.

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