Helene Vilme
Medical Instructor in the Department of Population Health Sciences

Dr. Vilme is a social scientist with training in public health, specializing in health promotion and health education. She has expertise in community-based participatory research, qualitative and quantitative research methods, and program evaluation. Her research focuses on how the food environment influences diet and weight among college students; the interplay of food security and neighborhood effects on diet; and neighborhood racial/ethnic disparities related to exposure to unhealthy outlets.

Dr. Vilme's current projects include GIS mapping of the food sources surrounding Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in North Carolina; the development and implementation of a study to assess the impact of COVID-19 on college students globally; and the development of a nutrition curriculum for elementary students. 

Dr. Vilme is also a recipient of a K12 Career Development Award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to develop a farm-to-university program for HBCUs in North Carolina. 

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