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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.

News + Events
The Illinois PRC at the 2018 PAC Conference

The Illinois PRC at the 2018 PAC Conference

In early February, the UIC Parks Team attended the 2018 Park Advisory Council Conference at Malcolm X College. This was the 4th  year that we participated in this networking and learning event hosted by the Chicago Park District and the […]
Illinois PRC scholar Guilherme Balbim featured in Healthy Brain Research Network spotlight

Illinois PRC scholar Guilherme Balbim featured in Healthy Brain Research Network spotlight

The Healthy Bain Research Network features the Illinois PRC’s HBRN scholar, Guilherme Balbim, in the Winter 2018 Scholar Spotlight. Click here to access the write-up.   About the image. Guiherme Balbim (right) poses with Dr. Marquez (left) and colleagues Isabela G. […]
Workplace Health Research Network:  A Multi-site Collaboration for Promoting Healthy Work

Workplace Health Research Network: A Multi-site Collaboration for Promoting Healthy Work

UIC was one of six founding academic institutions to comprise the first Workplace Health Research Network, which was established by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention as a thematic network of the Prevention Research Center (PRC) program. The goal […]