Research Faculty, Duke Population Health Sciences
Dr. Helene 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 the influences of the food environment on diet and weight among college students; food security status and neighborhood effects on diet; and neighborhood racial/ethnic disparities related to exposure to fast-food outlets.
Helene'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.
Helene 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.