With $3.75 million in research funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) will continue its work as one of only 25 academic institutions in the CDC’s Prevention Research Center network. Collectively, the network will develop, test and evaluate various public health interventions across the nation.
UIC and its School of Public Health will use the funding to establish the Policy, Practice and Prevention Research Center, or P3RC. The P3RC will study a wide range of public health issues. It also will support researchers and community leaders in advocating for change and leveraging research data to advance policies and practices that improve population health and equity.
The center’s core research project will test a health intervention — the addition of a dedicated health care specialist — in Chicago Public Schools. The specialist will support CPS schools on the West Side in implementing health education, health services, nutrition and physical activity opportunities.
“Schools, especially those located in communities that experience significant health disparities, are uniquely positioned to educate children on health and provide services and additional opportunities for students to achieve health,” said Dr. Lisa Powell, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health professor and director of health policy and administration and principal investigator for the P3RC.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on February 14