Lucia A. Leone

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Lucia A. Leone
Lucia A. Leone

Lucia A.



Postdoctoral Fellow in Cancer Health Disparities 
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

Professional Bio

Dr. Leone is a postdoctoral fellow in Cancer Health Disparities through the Department of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. She has a doctoral degree in Intervention and Policy from the same department. Her research focuses on understanding and addressing health disparities related to cancer and obesity. She has experience in conducting and evaluating community, organizational and environmental-level interventions to increase physical activity, cancer screening and healthy diet. Her current research study is designed to measure the impact and sustainability of a public-private mobile market program for increasing fresh fruit and vegetable consumption in lower-income and underserved communities in North Carolina. She has also co-founded a nonprofit organization focused on increasing access to healthy, local, affordable food for people of all backgrounds and incomes.

My New Connections Experience

I applied for a New Connections Grant through the Healthy Eating Research program. I am a junior investigator and felt I could benefit from the special consideration and resources offered through the new connection program. Although my training is in nutrition, I have limited experience with healthy eating research with children. I felt I could augment my skills in this area by working with experienced mentors as part of the New Connections program.

Research Interests

My research interests include: • Developing interventions for vulnerable populations that help improve cancer prevention behaviors: healthy diet, physical activity and screening • Understanding and addressing disparities in access to healthy food • Improving health communications using tailored messages, motivational interviewing, patient navigation and decision aids • Designing for dissemination and working with community partners to implement and evaluate sustainable health programs

The Details
  • New Connections Status: Junior Investigator
  • Award Year: 2013, Healthy Eating Research
  • RWJF Team/Portfolio: Childhood Obesity
  • Project Name:  Evaluating the Impact of the Veggie Van Program in Undeserved Communities on Youths’ Dietary Intake.

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