Communication for Health Applications and Interventions
  • Welcome to the CHAI Core (Communication for Health Applications and Interventions), a one-stop shop for researchers, with a strong focus on the technologies needed to reach out to today's study participants. These are some of the services we currently offer:

    • Development of websites, including intervention and decision-aid websites
    • Development of web-based/mobile applications
    • Development of back-end databases for research content delivery and data collection
    • Graphic design (including logo, print, and web, and mobile design)
    • Usability and cognitive testing
    • Design and implementation of qualitative research studies

    If you need a service not listed, check with us. We have experience in developing projects that feature multimedia options, such as video or audio, tailored delivery of content, and a wide range of print, web, and mobile materials. We also provide customizable applications for delivering online surveys, physical activity tracking, and research team communication.

    CHAI has been in existence for over thirteen years and in that time we have built our expertise through collaboration on research studies that focus on cancer prevention and survivorship, nutrition, physical activity and obesity issues, HIV, heart disease, and many other medical and health behavior areas. This allows us to bring a broad range of options and ideas to the table to determine which services will work best for you.

    We would enjoy the chance to talk with you and learn how we can assist with the particular needs of your project. Please contact us at, 919-843-7830, or complete this request form, and we will be in touch.

  • About Us

    The CHAI Core is now over thirteen years old and is a NIH-funded core facility and the resource at the University of North Carolina for researchers to obtain services in qualitative research and intervention development. Our infrastructure and personnel are funded through the Gillings School of Global Public Health Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NIDDK funded; P30 DK56350) and the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center (NCI funded; P30-CA16086).

    Faculty Director

    Deborah Tate (Cancer Prevention and Control) is the director of the Communications for Health Application and Intervention (CHAI) Core. Dr. Tate is an associate professor in the departments of health behavior and nutrition. She is nationally recognized for her intervention work to promote and maintain weight loss, particularly regarding her incorporation of new technology to deliver and evaluate interventions.