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


Chicago Area Health Organizations

Alivio Medical Center

Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children

Healthy Chicago Lawn Coalition

Holy Cross Hospital

Sinai Health System

Southwest Youth Collaborative


Health Data Resources

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
This Web site hosts several databases regarding prevalence, trends, maps illustrating health risks and other health survey information.

Big Cities Health Inventory, 2007: The Health of Urban USA
This report, published by the Chicago Department of Public Health, presents city-to-city comparisons of leading measures of health.

Burden of Chronic Diseases and Their Risk Factors: National and State Perspectives 2004
This online document from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides updated information on the burden of chronic diseases and their risk factors in the 50 states.

Chicago Community Health Profiles
For each of Chicago's 77 formally designated community areas, this Web site provides health status and health resource data, such as census data, locations of health care facilities, and leading causes of death and hospitalization.

Diabetes Public Health Resource
Maps and data describing obesity trends and diabetes prevalence and other resources can be found on this site.

Evaluation of State Web-Based Systems for Dissemination of Health-Related Data
This evaluation, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), through a contract with ORC Macro, Inc., identifies current best practices for disseminating information via the Web.

Illinois Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
This state-based program gathers information on risk factors among Illinois adults 18 years of age and older through monthly telephone surveys. Data for Illinois counties are also available on this site.

Improving Community Health Survey
September 2005 Report by the Sinai Urban Health Institute
This report, produced with a grant from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, takes an in-depth look at health care in six diverse inner-city Chicago neighborhoods.

United States Census Bureau


Local and National Resources

American Public Health Association

CDC Prevention Research Centers

Illinois Arthritis Initiative

Illinois Public Health Association

Society of Behavioral Medicine

Society for Public Health Education

University of Illinois Rural Medical Education

UIC Institute for Health Research and Policy

UIC Neighborhood Initiative

UIC Survey Research Laboratory


Tools for the Community

Bringing Heart Health to Latinos: A Guide for Building Community Programs
This guide, developed by the National Heart, Blood, and Lung Institute, presents the basic steps for planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating a community-based program to promote heart health among Latinos.

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health
This nonprofit organization promotes health through partnerships between communities and higher educational institutions.

Community Tool Box
Created by the Work Group on Health Promotion and Community Development at the University of Kansas, this resource offers more than 6,000 pages of practical information to promote community health and development.

Mobilizing Action through Planning and Partnerships
MAPP is a community-wide strategic planning tool for improving community health available on the National Association of City and County Health Officials Web site.

Small Steps. Big Rewards. Prevent type 2 Diabetes Campaign
This National Diabetes Education Program Web site offers information about the Diabetes Prevention Program, intervention materials targeting audiences at high risk for diabetes in 16 languages, and other tools for reducing this disease in communities.

Turning Point
This initiative offers several resources to help public health professionals apply effective social marketing and performance management to public health programs and practices.


Collage of active community members