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    Partnering with communities to reduce Illinois obesity.

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    What differences do park improvements make?

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    We support
    policy and
    environment
    change.

The University of Illinois at Chicago — Chicago’s public research university — is one of 26 academic research institutions nationwide designated as a Prevention Research Center by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to work with vulnerable communities on new ways to promote health and prevent disease.

Illinois Prevention Research Center

Supporting Policy and Environmental Change

Directed by Dr. Lisa Powell, the Illinois PRC conducts research to promote health, especially behaviors that improve physical activity and nutrition or reduce tobacco use. We work with communities to increase physical activity by improving access to the built environment and use of neighborhood parks. We collaborate in national networks to identify gaps in research and develop innovative approaches to improving public health that can be shared broadly with public health partners.

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Illinois PRC Evaluates $44 Million Playground Renovation Program

Illinois PRC Evaluates $44 Million Playground Renovation Program

The Chicago Park District (CPD) maintains nearly 600 neighborhood parks and serves Chicago’s 2.7 million residents. In 2013 when the CPD began the process of renovating playgrounds in over 300 of these parks, Dr. Slater of the Illinois Prevention Research […]
Annual Chicago Park District Conference: Exchanging Ideas and Connecting with Advocates

Annual Chicago Park District Conference: Exchanging Ideas and Connecting with Advocates

In February, we presented the Chicago Plays! parks research project during the “Lunch with the Experts” session at the annual Parks Advisory Council (PAC) Conference. Conference attendees had the unique opportunity to interact one-on-one with presenters from the parks and […]
The Shared Experiences and Thoughts of People Living with Epilepsy

The Shared Experiences and Thoughts of People Living with Epilepsy

Part of my job on the Personalized Internet-Assisted Underserved Self-management of Epilepsy (PAUSE) study is to lead weekly one-on-one video calls with participants. These video calls provide a unique opportunity for participants to share stories about living with epilepsy. During […]