Epilepsy | Illinois Prevention Research Center | University of Illinois at Chicago

For many of them, frequent and severe seizures can severely undermine their ability to work, sustain relationships, live independently, and even think clearly. They often encounter stigma and may experience depression. The majority of patients in epilepsy clinics are people with these challenges, yet their seizures and quality of life can be considerably improved with …

Training | Illinois Prevention Research Center | University of Illinois at Chicago

You are here: Participants in an interactive breakout session at the 2015 Change Institute. UIC Photo/MidAmerica Center for Public Health Practice Training is one of the Illinois PRC’s key offerings to public health practitioners. We developed our training plan to address national public health priorities as well as recommendations by key informants in the Illinois …

What is a PRC? | Illinois Prevention Research Center | University of Illinois at Chicago

You are here: The Prevention Research Centers (PRCs) Program is a national network of 26 academic research centers in 24 states that study how people and their communities can avoid or counter the risks for chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, obesity, and cancer. Each center is located at a school of public health or …

Parks Study | Illinois Prevention Research Center | University of Illinois at Chicago

You are here: Mother playing with her daughter in a park. ©iStockphoto.com/ImageegamI The prevalence of obesity is even higher in Chicago. Almost one in three sixth-graders and one in four ninth-graders in the city are obese. Obese children and adolescents are at high risk for chronic health problems — including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer …

Thematic Networks « Illinois Prevention Research Center

You are here: Each network is a type of special interest project that supports several PRCs to work together on a specific national health priority. Thematic networks focus on the major causes of death and disability, improve public health practice within communities, and cultivate effective state and local public health programs. The Illinois PRC participates …

Recommended Webinars | Illinois Prevention Research Center | University of Illinois at Chicago

You are here: In particular, we aim to increase the capacity of public health professionals and communities in Illinois to plan, implement, and evaluate changes in policy, programs, and the environment for stronger community health. Below, the Illinois PRC Training team recommends a variety of online training sessions that discuss disease prevention initiatives, especially obesity …

Physical Activity | Illinois Prevention Research Center | University of Illinois at Chicago

You are here: Less than half (48%) of U.S. adults meet this minimum. Illinois adults do slightly better — 52.4% engage in moderately intense physical activity each week. Illinois PRC investigators are working to develop strategies to increase the physical activity of communities, especially by increasing the safety and ease of walking in everyday life. …

Illinois PRC research assistant finds engaged community members in Chicago Parks (Blog) | Illinois Prevention Research Center | University of Illinois at Chicago

Natalie Nowak (left) watches Regina Sullivan, project officer of the CDC PRC Program, try out playground equipment during a 2015 visit to Chicago. (Photo by Illinois PRC) In 2014, as a first-year graduate student in nutrition in the UIC College of Applied Health Sciences, I started working on Dr. Sandy Slater’s study, which seeks to …

Community Engagement | Illinois Prevention Research Center | University of Illinois at Chicago

You are here: 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 …

Healthy Brain | Illinois Prevention Research Center | University of Illinois at Chicago

You are here: ©iStockphoto.com/Jose Girarte By 2040, the United States will be home to 79.7 million people over 65 years old, nearly double the population of older Americans in 2011. The population of the “very old” – those over 85 years old – in the U.S. is expected to triple over the same period, reaching …