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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 Researchers Publish Findings on Food and Beverage Availability in Healthy Food Financing Initiative Eligible (HFFI) Communities

Illinois PRC Researchers Publish Findings on Food and Beverage Availability in Healthy Food Financing Initiative Eligible (HFFI) Communities

Illinois Prevention Research Center researchers have published a paper in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. This publication details findings from the Illinois PRC study assessing the impact of new Healthy Food Financing Initiative-supported supermarkets on the […]
To Be A Peace Corps Volunteer Again…

To Be A Peace Corps Volunteer Again…

I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV) from 2011-2013 in rural Uganda in a Community Health Volunteer capacity.  During this time, I learned the importance of receiving a Master of Public Health degree and the opportunities this leads to […]
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 […]