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Tammy Chase-Brunelle

Lead Food and Built Environments Extension Associate, Steps to Health

2220 Broughton Hall


Tammy Chase-Brunelle is the Lead Food and Built Environments Extension Associate for the Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences Steps to Health program. Tammy is excited to have recently moved back to NC from Hawaii where she was the SNAP-Ed Coordinator. As the SNAP-Ed Coordinator, Tammy worked with community partners to address healthy food access and physical activity for low-income communities throughout the state.

Growing up, Tammy developed a passion for nutrition and physical activity, and the impact culture and the environment has on it. This passion led Tammy to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Community Health from the University of North Carolina – Wilmington and a Master of Arts in Health Education from East Carolina University. Tammy is also a Certified Health Education Specialist and has worked in the public health field for over 10 years.

When not working, Tammy enjoys yoga, hiking, reading, and spending time with her husband, two cats, and parakeet.

Programs and Initiatives

  • Steps to Health Program

Selected Publications

  • L. Brooke Keliikoa, So Yung Choi, Toby Beckelman, Tammy Chase-Brunelle, Stephanie L. Cacal, Lance K. Ching, Tetine L. Sentell, Catherine M. Pirkle. (2021). Racial and ethnic disparities in obesity prevalence among children, adolescents, and young adults receiving inpatient care in Hawai‘i, 2015–2016. Preventive Medicine Reports, 24.


BS Community Health University of North Carolina at Wilmington

MA Health Education East Carolina University

Area(s) of Expertise

  • Chronic Disease Prevention
  • Food Access/Systems
  • Built Environment