IHRP Scientist Appointed to Influential Panel of Experts


Professor Jamie ChriquiAn IHRP scientist has joined an independent and influential national panel of public health experts.

Jamie Chriqui, professor of health policy and administration and IHRP Fellow, has been appointed by the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the Community Preventive Services Task Force.

The task force is an independent panel of experts that identifies population health interventions scientifically proven to save lives, increase lifespans and improve quality of life. With a mandate by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the task force identifies evidence gaps and produces recommendations based on rigorous, replicable systematic reviews of the scientific literature. Task force findings and recommendations on preventive programs, services and policies to improve health are published in The Community Guide, known as the go-to source in the U.S. public health community.

Dr. Chriqui will serve on the Community Preventive Services Task Force for a five-year term.

Dr. Chriqui has more than 26 years of experience conducting public health policy research, analysis, and evaluation. Her current research includes the following:

  • She leads a team that has amassed the largest database of zoning codes -- county and local municipal laws that cover 72 percent of the U.S. population -- to examine the associations of zoning reforms with physical activity and active living.
  • Since 2006, she has directed research that collected, analyzed and tracked school wellness policies and their implementation in elementary schools along with the state laws that pertain to them using a nationally representative sample of more than 960 school districts in 45 states.
  • She co-leads the Community Engagement Core of the CDC-funded Illinois Prevention Research Center and that center's collaboration in the CDC's Physical Activity Policy Research Network.

Dr. Chriqui has served on committees of the Institute of Medicine (now called the National Academy of Medicine) that developed the reports Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation (May 2012) and Evaluating Obesity Prevention Efforts: A Plan for Measuring Progress (August 2013). She also contributed to the November 2015 workshop summary, Physical Activity: Moving Toward Obesity Solutions.

Chicago is well represented on the 15-member task force. Besides Dr. Chriqui, Marshall H. Chin of the University of Chicago College of Medicine and Susan Swider of Rush University College of Nursing will serve on the task force.

Learn more about these and other members of the Community Preventive Services Task Force.

This news release was written by Veronica Johnston, communications director of the UIC Institute for Health Research and Policy.