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