Cardiovascular Health Intervention Research and Translation Network (CHIRTN)


To coordinate research and translation activities regarding cardiovascular disease in Illinois as part of a national network.


In the United States, cardiovascular disease causes two in five deaths and, in 2003, cost about $351 billion. 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;
  3. Determine how to synthesize scientific evidence and translate efficacious interventions into the public health setting.

Research Partner(s)

University of Colorado: Rocky Mountain Prevention Research Center
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
University of Rochester: National Center for Deaf Health Research
University of Washington: Health Promotion Research Center
West Virginia University: Centers for Public Health Research and Training

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About this grant

This is a special interest project of the Illinois Prevention Research Center, directed by Robin J. Mermelstein and funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Prevention Research Centers Program.

Related publications

Bryant LL, Chin NP, Cottrell LA, Duckles JM, Fernandez ID, Garces DM, Keyserling TC, McMilin CR, Peters KE, Samuel-Hodge CD, Tu SP, Vu MB, Fitzpatrick AL. Perceptions of cardiovascular health in underserved communities. Prev Chronic Dis. 2010 Mar;7(2):A30. [Read the article.]

Sheridan SL, Viera AJ, Krantz MJ, Ice CL, Steinman LE, Peters KE, Kopin LA, Lungelow D; Cardiovascular Health Intervention Research and Translation Network Work Group on Global Coronary Heart Disease Risk. The effect of giving global coronary risk information to adults: a systematic review. Arch Intern Med. 2010 Feb 8;170(3):230-9. [Read the abstract.]

Farris RP, Pearson T, Fogg T, Bryant L, Peters K, Keyserling T, Fitzpatrick A, Neal W. Building capacity for heart disease and stroke prevention research: the cardiovascular health intervention research and translation network. Health Promot Pract. 2008 Jul;9(3):220-7. [Read the abstract.]