Illinois Prevention Research Center – Training 2018

Through training, the Illinois PRC aims to increase the Illinois public health practice, student, and researcher community’s ability to plan, implement, and evaluate policy and environmentally-(PAE)- oriented health prevention behavior change initiatives. We worked with our community advisory committee to identify and leverage trainings to promote and support PAE oriented change initiatives. Though the Illinois PRC used two different forms of distribution, mini-grants as well as sponsorship, both aimed to increase reach and dissemination of PAE-oriented knowledge, attitudes and skills.

This year, the Illinois PRC sponsored the Public Health 3.0 Workforce Development Forum in spring, Healthy Work Collaborative to Map Action for Social Change in the summer, and Public Health Proud IPHA’s Annual Conference this fall. The training team also leveraged funds to support the 2018 Healthy Food Access and Economic Development Summit. Read more about each of these opportunities below.

Training Sponsorship

Public Health 3.0: An Illinois Workforce Development Forum

The Public Health 3.0: An Illinois Workforce Development Forum was a two-day event for local health department and community partners to explore how the Illinois public health system can integrate the recommendations and components from Public Health 3.0. The Summit took place on May 2nd and 3rd, 2018 in Springfield, Illinois. Funding supported sessions staff, hospitals, that provided informational sessions around the PH 3.0 topics such as chief health strategist, meeting data needs, and addressing social determinants of health through innovative partnerships leading to healthier communities.

Healthy Work Collaborative to Map Action for Social Change

The UIC Center for Healthy Work (CHW) is a research and education center established in 2016 to advance the health and well-being of workers in Chicago, the state of Illinois, and the nation. The Center’s mission is to remove barriers that impact the health of low wage workers in the increasingly contingent workforce. CHW aims to identify and promote employment programs, practices, and policies that will improve worker and community health locally, across the state, and throughout the nation. The Healthy Communities through Healthy Work (HCHW) project, one of two main components of the Center, aims to understand and change perceptions of what makes work healthy at a systemic level. Through participatory action research the first phase of work focused on ‘pre-understanding of the context and situation’ through environmental scanning. Fifty-five interviews were conducted with individuals representing national, state, and local organizations across multiple of sectors.  Findings identified knowledge gaps about precarious employment and identified opportunities for collaboration. Results were used to develop the next PAR phase to undertake an intersectoral capacity building initiative titled the Healthy Work Collaborative to Map  Action for Social Change (HWC MASC).

Through an application process, the HWC invited public health and healthcare organizations to engage with a work-related issue impacting the communities they serve. Eight teams of multi-sectoral partners were selected to participate in the six-session process. Representatives from the labor sector shared skills and strategies as technical assistance and provided training on power mapping, theory of change, and action planning to help organizations define precarious work and build capacity to create PSE change. In total, 7 technical assistance providers, 22 individuals, representing 13 organizations, came together to collaboratively:

  • Develop an understanding of precarious work and pathways to healthier work.
  • Explore PSE change that addresses health in the context of precarious employment.
  • Build intersectoral networks to further social change.
  • Prepare deliverables, detailed work plans and recommendations for initiatives.

The Healthy Work Collaborative teams are looking forward to moving into the implementation phase in the fall of 2018. Notable projects include:

  • Developing trainings for hospital workers to identify and address workplace exploitation in their patient population.
  • Articulating the local health department’s role in addressing precarious work (health promotion, enforcement of labor laws, advocacy to promote fair wages).
  • Surveying Community Health Workers in Illinois to better understand their working conditions and their role in public health systems.
  • Organizing to support the collective action and power-building of non-unionized hospital workers to improve labor standards.

IPHA’s 77th Annual Conference: Public Health Proud

The Illinois Public Health Association’s 77th Annual Conference supports the theme “Public Health Proud” recognizing the achievements and impact of Illinois public health partners. Sessions at this conference covered a variety of topics from gun violence as a public health issue to building resilience in children, families, communities and ourselves. The conference took place in Normal, Il from September 5 -7, 2018.

Leveraged Community Advisory Committee Trainings

2018 Healthy Food Access and Economic Development Summit

On Thursday, June 7, 2018 the Illinois Public Health Institute (IPHI) and other partners convened an array of Illinois health and food system stakeholders for the 2018 Healthy Food Access and Economic Development Summit, a day-long event to explore the intersection between healthy food access and economic development. 87 representatives from 64 organizations and government agencies from across the state attended as presenters highlighted innovative and potentially scalable programs. Attendees brainstormed advances and challenges in connecting local food systems, health, and economic and community development and developed concrete, strategic, next steps to strengthen the link between healthy food access initiatives and economic and community development. IPHI will analyze the ideas generated to identify further opportunities for collaboration. Funding from the Illinois Prevention Research Center provided registration and travel support to help broaden participation by groups that would otherwise be under-represented at the meeting.


About the Author. Devangna “Guddi” Kapadia is the Manager for the Training component of the Illinois Prevention Research Center. She has been working in public health workforce education and development for over 15 years within the MidAmerica Center for Public Health Practice housed at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health.


About the Images. Banner image depicts participants of the Healthy Work Collaborative to Map Action for Social Change, Drawing produced at the Illinois Workforce Development Forum, IPHA conference photo accessed from the conference registration page.