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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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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.
Engaging Public Health in Complete Streets

Engaging Public Health in Complete Streets

Illinois PRC investigators are working on a project to identify how public health practitioners can engage in Complete Streets initiatives, which promote more active and safe transportation.
Illinois Prevention Research Center – Training 2018

Illinois Prevention Research Center – Training 2018

The Illinois PRC training team aims to increase reach and dissemination of policy and environmentally-oriented knowledge, attitudes and skills.