Obesity Research

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Almost one in three Illinois adults (29.3 percent) in 2014 were obese, up from 20.4 percent in 2000, according to the Trust for America’s Health. One in five Illinois children ages 10 to 17 are obese. As a result, Illinois health care professionals are treating an increasing number of patients with obesity-related disease such as …

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

You are here: Illinois PRC Committee Advisory Committee members who attended the February 2016 meeting. Back row, from the left: Melanie Moore, Elissa Bassler, Michael Lange (committee chair), Jaime Dircksen. Front row, from the left: Malik Nevels, Melody Geraci, Rebecca Weinberg, Nicole Llorens, Jameika Sampson. The Illinois PRC has established several formal groups to play …

Our Team | Illinois Prevention Research Center | University of Illinois at Chicago

You are here: Illinois PRC investigators at the CDC Prevention Research Centers kickoff meeting in November 2014. From the left: Lisa Powell, Sandy Slater, and Karen Peters. Dr. Powell is professor and director of the Division of Health Policy and Administration in the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health. She is a …

Our Research

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Prevention Research Centers (PRCs) funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention work with at-risk communities to promote health, prevent chronic diseases, and address behaviors and environmental factors that affect chronic disease. As a PRC, we are focused on scalable research results. Our goal is to establish health promotion and disease prevention strategies that …

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 …