Illinois Prevention Research Center: Partnering to Promote Health in Urban Communities


To reduce disparities in health by studying approaches to promote healthful behaviors and prevent disease across the lifespan; to conduct this research in partnership with communities across Illinois; to share findings and best practices locally and nationally; and to improve the practice of public health through training and education.

The IPRC's activities concentrate in six areas and aim specifically to:

  • Maintain collaborative relationships through an active and engaged Community Advisory Board with our community partners in southwest Chicago
  • Use existing population surveillance surveys to identify health targets and to monitor changes in the health risk profile of our collaborating community over time
  • Conduct community participatory research to evaluate the effectiveness and maintenance of evidence-based interventions that promote healthful diet and physical activity
  • Provide technical assistance to community-based organizations for needs assessment and program evaluation
  • Provide continuing education training in evidence-based public health practice
  • Disseminate effective intervention protocols and research findings to the public health community, local, state, and national policy-makers, and the research community
Collage of active community members