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

Other Projects Affiliated with the IPRC

The IPRC receives additional funding from the CDC to participate in national networks addressing critical health challenges:

Cardiovascular Health Intervention Research and Translation Network

Principal Investigator: Karen Peters, DrPH

Cardiovascular disease accounts for about 40% of all U.S. deaths and cost an estimated $351 billion in the United States in 2003. As one of six collaborating centers of the CDC Cardiovascular Health Intervention Research and Translation Network, the IPRC aims to: (1) contribute to the development of the network by coordinating cardiovascular health (CVH) research and translation activities that can be incorporated into public health strategies and practices by state programs; (2) develop a plan for research in CVH that addresses gaps in knowledge related to priority areas identified nationally, statewide, by the CDC, and by other stakeholder assessments; and (3) determine how to synthesize scientific evidence and translate efficacious interventions into the public health setting.



Healthy Aging Research Network

Principal Investigators: Susan Hughes, DSW, and Thomas Prohaska, PhD

As one of nine PRC's participating in this network, the IPRC is collaborating on the effort to monitor the capacity of physical activity programming in Cook County through the development of a centralized Web site that can be used to assess capacity in a standardized way across all communities in the United States. We are also collaborating on an assessment of the extent to which the physical environment supports physical activity for seniors in specific neighborhoods in Cook County and are participating in a new initiative to provide secondary prevention for person with Alzheimer's Disease.



Illinois Department of Public Health Collaborations

IPRC staff members often collaborate with the Illinois Department of Public Health on statewide initiatives including strategic planning, assessment and surveillance, program implentation, and evaluation such as:

  • Illinois Arthritis Program
  • Illinois Oral Health Plan
  • Assessment of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Programs in Illinois



The CDC has also funded IPRC to do the following research.

Coding and Analyzing the Effect of Ad Characteristics for Smoking-Related Advertising

Principal Investigator: Sherry L. Emery, MBA, PhD

This project builds on a study funded by the National Cancer Institute, Smoking-Related Television Advertising and Population Smoking study, which investigates the relationship between smoking-related TV ads and youth, young adult, and adult smoking behavior. With this additional funding, we will code each public health and tobacco industry ad for four characteristics: primary message, target audience, executional strategy, and production value.

This research can make two important contributions to tobacco control policy. First, we will create and maintain a library of ad characteristics for the state and national anti-smoking media campaigns, as well as the tobacco industry ads. Second, using the ratings data, coded for ad characteristics, we will conduct analyses of whether and how ad characteristics moderate the relationship between exposure and smoking can inform media campaign design and planning. In combination, the descriptive information and the analyses of the effects of ad characteristics can provide guidance for what types of ads are most effective, and how to best use limited smoking prevention resources. We will work closely with CDC to share our results and develop research reports in a format this is most useful to the agency.



Message Testing Related to the Introduction and Marketing of New Smokeless Tobacco Products

Principal Investigator: Sherry L. Emery, MBA, PhD

The primary objective of this research is to test a range of messages, developed by the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) Health Communication Branch (HCB), about smokeless tobacco products. The messages developed by OSH are intended for a variety of audiences, including smokers, policy makers and the media; therefore, our research will involve each of the target audiences. We will conduct a series focus groups and key informant to assess participant knowledge, attitudes, emotional response, information needs, current and or behavioral intentions to engage smokeless tobacco products. This research will inform the process of final message development and dissemination for the Office of Smoking and Health, Health Communications Branch.



Related work conducted by IPRC investigators:

Improving Diabetes Self-Management in Older Adults

Principal Investigator: Laurie Ruggiero, PhD
Funding Agency: The National Institute of Nursing Research

The purpose of this pilot study is to develop, implement, and evaluate the feasibility and initial impact of an innovative intervention that combines self-management training delivered by medical assistant coaches (MACs), along with the use of the latest advances in glucose self-monitoring technology, to support optimal diabetes self-management (and secondary and tertiary prevention) in older adults with type 2 diabetes from low-income minority populations.



Acculturation and Mental Health on Chronic Disease among Hispanic/Latino Immigrant Populations

Principal Investigator: Karen E. Peters, DrPH

This project seeks to (a) identify key dimensions of the acculturation process that may be relevant to explaining its negative and positive effects on Hispanic immigrants' mental health and how this impacts chronic disease and associated risk factors and to (b) contribute community-based strategies that address the gap or lack of culturally relevant and community-friendly programs for Hispanic/Latino immigrants who experience difficulties in their mental and physical health due to the assimilation process.


Researchers at the Institute for Health Research and Policy frequently conduct their work in partnership or affiliation with the IPRC or its investigators. Learn more about the institute's work at

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