Building Healthier Communities Together
The Illinois Prevention Research Center (PRC) engages communities and other public health stakeholders in participatory and collaborative applied research to reduce health disparities and promote community health.
Through our partnerships we aim to reduce health disparities in Illinois, and increase our state’s capacity to apply scientific evidence in policy and environment changes to improve health behaviors.
Our scientists and team members partner with diverse groups invested in community health in Illinois — local and state government agencies, health coalitions and networks, nonprofit organizations, advocacy groups, community organizations, public health practitioners and researchers. We strive to engage community leaders and residents who envision a better future for their neighborhoods and communities.
We build and nurture partnerships based on values of trust, mutual respect, cooperation and shared leadership.
Through these partnerships, we aim to reduce tobacco use and obesity in underserved and minority populations by achieving the following:
1. Successful completion of our applied research project, which involves collaborations with Chicago Parks District, Chicago Parks Foundation, and community-based park coalition leaders.
2. Greater capacity of Illinois to conduct, evaluate, disseminate, and translate effective prevention research that results in practice, policy and environmental changes that improve population health.
3. New research collaborations that enhance the capacity, expertise, and infrastructure of community partners to conduct community-based research to prevent tobacco use and obesity.
We provide technical assistance and offer training to community partners, especially regarding evaluation of changes related to policy and environment that aim to prevent tobacco use and obesity. Learn more about our training.
Jamie Chriqui, PhD, MHS, and Angela Odoms-Young, PhD, co-lead the Illinois PRC’s community engagement, partnership, and technical assistance activities. Dr. Chriqui has extensive experience in policy research, evaluation, and evidence translation. Dr. Odoms-Young has extensive experience in community engagement, capacity-building, and health disparities research.
Download the Principles of Community Engagement, 2nd edition (PDF), published by the National Institutes of Health in 2011.
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The Illinois Prevention Research Center (PRC) and this website is supported by cooperative agreement No. 1U48DP005010 under the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Institute for Health Research and Policy is the Illinois PRC's research home in the University of Illinois at Chicago. Lisa M. Powell, PhD, is the director and principal investigator of the Illinois PRC.
The contents of this website are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, or the State of Illinois.
Illinois Prevention Research Center
Institute for Health Research & Policy
University of Illinois at Chicago
1747 West Roosevelt Road MC 275
Chicago, IL 60608-1264