The University of Illinois at Chicago is one of 26 federally funded Prevention Research Centers to study how people can prevent or lessen their risk of chronic disease, with the goal of reducing health disparities in communities across the state.
The Illinois Prevention Research Center, part of the UIC Institute for Health Research and Policy, is funded by a five-year, $4.4 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct innovative public health prevention research.
UIC researchers will look at increasing physical activity by improving access to the built environment and use of parks and playgrounds in the community.
The project gives UIC researchers an opportunity “to apply our expertise in prevention research to health challenges and disparities here in our city and throughout the state,” said Lisa Powell, principal investigator and director of the Illinois PRC and professor of health policy and administration in the UIC School of Public Health.
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