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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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Zoning in on Walkability: How Land Use Regulations Foster More Pedestrian-Friendly Communities

Zoning in on Walkability: How Land Use Regulations Foster More Pedestrian-Friendly Communities

New Urbanist principles strive to improve the pedestrian experience so that communities and their resources are accessible even to those who do not have a car.
PAUSE Epilepsy Study in the News!

PAUSE Epilepsy Study in the News!

People with epilepsy living in areas with higher crime rates may have more seizures. This finding from the Illinois PRC PAUSE's study has generated a flurry of media attention.
One Year after the Opening of a Healthy Food Financing Initiative-Supported Supermarket, Researchers Find No Change in Availability and Type of Foods and Beverages Offered at Surrounding Small Food Stores

One Year after the Opening of a Healthy Food Financing Initiative-Supported Supermarket, Researchers Find No Change in Availability and Type of Foods and Beverages Offered at Surrounding Small Food Stores

The opening of an HFFI-supported supermarket in a community that did not have a supermarket for nearly 30 years improved the retail food environment by offering and advertising a wide variety of healthy foods and beverages.