Healthy Aging Network


To monitor the capacity of physical activity programming in Cook County through the development of a website that can be accessed across all communities in the United States.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention created a Healthy Aging Research Network comprised of faculty at nine existing Prevention Research Centers. The CRHA Network member site is refining the complex methodological issues related to the assessment of community capacity to provide physical activity programs for residents over 64 years of age. This project is being conducted in eight geographically and ethnically diverse communities. CRHA is also contributing to the national network effort by assessing physical activity capacity in Cook County in Illinois and has taken the lead in putting together a journal article summarizing the findings on physical activity capacity across HAN sites.

Research Partner(s)

Texas A&M University System Health Science Center: Center for Community Health Development
University of California at Berkeley: Center for Family and Community Health
University of Colorado: Rocky Mountain Prevention Research Center
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
University of Pittsburgh: Center for Healthy Aging
University of South Carolina: Prevention Research Center
University of Washington at Seattle: Health Promotion Research Center
West Virginia University: Centers for Public Health Research and Training

Funding Agency

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(Grant No. 2 U48 DP000048-01S1)


Principal investigator
Susan L. Hughes, DSW


Thomas R. Prohaska, PhD

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About this grant

This is a special interest project, part of the Illinois Prevention Research Center, funded with a supplemental grant from the CDC Prevention Research Centers Program.