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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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Moving Towards Equity in Complete Streets

Moving Towards Equity in Complete Streets

Emily Thrun shares recent findings from Dr. Chriqui's study of health equity in complete streets policies.
PAUSE Study Team Connects With Epilepsy Community at Annual Consumer Conference

PAUSE Study Team Connects With Epilepsy Community at Annual Consumer Conference

The Epilepsy Consumer Conference provided an excellent opportunity for thee PAUSE study team to learn more about the self-management needs of people with epilepsy.
Findings in brain health research at the Gerontological Society of America’s annual scientific meeting

Findings in brain health research at the Gerontological Society of America’s annual scientific meeting

Dr. Marquez traveled to New Orleans to present new findings in brain health research.