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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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Healthy Work Collaborative Labor Panel

Healthy Work Collaborative Labor Panel

The Illinois PRC collaborated with the UIC Center for Healthy Work: Healthy Communities through Healthy Work to develop and present a webinar on labor policy changes that address precarious work.
2019 Park Advisory Council Conference Presentations Now Live

2019 Park Advisory Council Conference Presentations Now Live

View recorded presentations from the 2019 Chicago Park District Park Advisory Council Conference.
Becoming a Better Health Communicator Part 2: Reflections and Lessons from an Illinois PRC Communications Research Assistant

Becoming a Better Health Communicator Part 2: Reflections and Lessons from an Illinois PRC Communications Research Assistant

This is the second entry of a two-part blog series about communicating public health information better through social media.