LEAP is a collaborative partnership between Guilford County residents and representatives of health service agencies, health care providers, institutions of higher education, nonprofits, foundations, and city and county governments.

We seek to improve health by working toward a greater understanding of the many factors, from structural to individual, that impact healthy eating and physical activity in Guilford County and how to measure them effectively.

Committed to the principle of authentic community engagement, we work through reciprocal partnerships to ask better questions, access and understand better data, come to better answers, and share ideas more clearly.

LEAP leadership and core research members come from UNC Greensboro, Cone Health, NC A&T, Greensboro Parks and Recreation, Guilford Health Department,  Guilford County Schools, and the LEAP Community Board. The purpose of the effort is to identify common goals and measures that existing program providers and residents can use to inform their health and wellness efforts. LEAP is bringing together multiple stakeholders across the county to collectively determine these goals and measures through various meetings. Learn more…


LEAP Community Board

Comprised of neighbors in the communities we serve, this diverse board allows researchers and service providers access to a robust, standing committee that can provide feedback to plans and provide input to study designs and other strategies to collect community level data. This board is distinct from other types of community boards in that it intentionally represents the various neighborhoods and populations of our community. Board members receive orientation, training, and compensation, per best practices.

Thus far, the board has: (a) provided feedback to the LEAP core research team about the LEAP Report; (b) offered initial ideas and responses for a Cone Health survey; (c) contributed contacts, recommendations, and networking support to two social entrepreneurs looking for residential engagement regarding their food hub proposal; and (d) served as an integral resource for both distributing the COVID-19 survey on healthy eating and physical activity and providing their own observations and field notes to this research.

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LEAP Report

A “state of data”, as it relates to healthy eating and physical activity in Guilford County. The LEAP Report shares a year-long process of engaging all types of experts, including our Community Board, to provide a comprehensive view of the state of community-level data – and what we need to move forward. This report shares recommendations for targeting specific indicator areas, strategies for collecting and sharing data, and committing to authentic engagement of communities to identify, collect and use data, particularly data that is about and intended for programs that affect them.

Executive Summary (4 pages)

The LEAP2020FullReport (54 pages) goes into greater detail about the research and findings, covering these sections:

  • Introduction to LEAP
  • Navigating the Data Landscape for Eating and Physical Activity Practices
  • LEAP’s Process for Engaging Communities
  • Indicator Focus Areas
  • Recommendations and Next Steps
Executive Summary
Executive Summary

Full Report

LEAP Report


Contact: LEAP@uncg.edu

Multiple non-profits, local government offices, health organizations, and community residents contribute to LEAP’s various initiatives. LEAP is guided by a core research team, including Joanie Chavis, Kathleen Edwards, Michelle Gill-Moffat, Lauren Haldeman, Michael Hemphill, Jake Hochrein, Karen Jackson, Emily Janke, and Marianne LeGreco. LEAP is supported this Spring by Khaled Humaidan, Public Health Education intern.

Read about the LEAP Summit and ongoing work through this news feature!

Watch the latest LEAP In Process research series event titled: Redefining Food System Equity: Examining Innovation in Capital Access and Wealth Generation for People of Color. Presenters shared case studies of innovative equitable food system models and an approach to measuring food system equity.

March 23 @7pm–LEAP In Process Research series presents: From Home to Healthcare: Modeling & Messaging to Improve Child Health. Learn about the importance of modeling healthy behaviors and tailoring messages to promote good health outcomes! Click here to register!