Illinois Prevention Research Center, 2004-2009


This abstract describes the work of the Illinois Prevention Research Center (IPRC), funded by the CDC Prevention Research Centers Program from 2004 to 2010.

The center's primary mission is to conduct research, translate research into practice, and measure the real-world effectiveness and dissemination of health promotion and disease prevention interventions. The IPRC’s activities concentrate in six areas and aim specifically to:

  1. Maintain collaborative relationships through an active and engaged Community Advisory Board with our community partners in southwest Chicago.
  2. Use existing population surveillance surveys to identify health targets and to monitor changes in the health risk profile of our collaborating community over time.
  3. Conduct community participatory research to evaluate the effectiveness and maintenance of evidence-based interventions that promote healthful diet and physical activity.
  4. Provide technical assistance to community-based organizations for needs assessment and program evaluation.
  5. Provide continuing education training in evidence-based public health practice.
  6. Disseminate effective intervention protocols and research findings to the public health community, local, state, and national policy-makers, and the research community.

PRC research focuses on community-based approaches to engage ethnic minority populations in the adoption of health behaviors for the prevention of chronic disease. The PRC at UIC supported an applied public health research project, Making the Connection Healthy Living Program, directed by Laurie Ruggiero, PhD, and two supplemental studies led by Dr. Sherry Emery:

The center also participated in these CDC Prevention Research Centers Program networks:

Research Product(s)

Grocery Store Survey Tool

Dr. Shannon Zenk developed this culturally sensitive food store audit tool for use in African-American and Latino neighborhoods. Downloadable as a 239-kb PDF, this tool can be used to assess the availability of healthy food options.

For corresponding survey instructions or operational definitions, contact Dr. Zenk at

Research Partner(s)

Latino Organization of the Southwest
AMA Orthopedic Shoes
American Diabetes Foundation
American Medical Association
BlueCross Blue Shield of Illinois
Chicago Department of Public Health
Chicago Park District
Chicago South East Diabetes Community Action Coalition
Edward N. Hurley Elementary School
Gage Park High School
Healthy Chicago Lawn
Holy Cross Hospital
Hurley Elementary School
Illinois Department of Public Health
Illinois Public Health Association
Metropolitan Family Services
Mid-America Public Health Training Center at the UIC School of Public Health
National Kidney Foundation of Illinois
Thresholds, Inc.
University of Illinois College of Dentistry
West Communities YMCA

Principal investigator
Funding Agency

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under Cooperative Agreement No. U48-DP-000048


William W. Baldyga, MA, DrPH
Michael L. Berbaum, PhD 
Karen E. Peters, DrPH 
Laurie Ruggiero, PhD  

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Related publications

Ruggiero L, Oros S, Choi YK. Community-based translation of the diabetes prevention program's lifestyle intervention in an underserved Latino population. Diabetes Educ. 2011 Jul-Aug;37(4):564-72. doi: 10.1177/0145721711411107.

Ruggiero L, Castillo A, Quinn L, Hochwert M. Translation of the diabetes prevention program's lifestyle intervention: role of community health workers. Curr Diab Rep. 2012 Apr;12(2):127-37. doi: 10.1007/s11892-012-0254-y.

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.

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.

Cristancho S, Garces DM, Peters KE, Mueller BC. Listening to rural Hispanic immigrants in the Midwest: a community-based participatory assessment of major barriers to health care access and use. Qual Health Res. 2008 May;18(5):633-46.

Peters KE, Gupta S, Stoller N, Mueller B. Implications of the aging process: opportunities for prevention in the farming community. J Agromedicine. 2008;13(2):111-8.

Prohaska TR, Peters KE. Physical activity and cognitive functioning: translating research to practice with a public health approach. Alzheimers Dement. 2007 Apr;3(2 Suppl):S58-64.

Kelley MA, Baldyga W, Barajas F, Rodriguez-Sanchez M. Capturing change in a community--university partnership: Si Se Puede! Project. Prev Chronic Dis. 2005 Apr;2(2):A22.

Koerber A, Peters KE, Kaste LM, Lopez E, Noorullah K, Torres I, Crawford JM. The views of dentists, nurses and nutritionists on the association between diabetes and periodontal disease: a qualitative study in a Latino community. J Public Health Dent. 2006 Summer;66(3):212-5.

Blissmer B, Riebe D, Dye G, Ruggiero L, Greene G, Caldwell M. Health-related quality of life following a clinical weight loss intervention among overweight and obese adults: intervention and 24 month follow-up effects. Health Qual Life Outcomes. 2006 Jul 17;4:43.

Anderson L, Lang J, LoGerfo J, Sharkey J, Belansky E, Bryant L, Prohaska T, Altpeter M, Marshall V, Satariano W, Ivery S, Bayles C, Pluto D, Wilcox S, Goins T. The Prevention Research Centers Healthy Aging Research Network. Prev Chronic Dis. 2006 Jan;3(1):A17.

Glasser M, Peters K, MacDowell M. Rural Illinois hospital chief executive officers' perceptions of provider shortages and issues in rural recruitment and retention. J Rural Health. 2006;22(1): 59-62.

Koerber A, Peters KE, Kaste LM, Lopez E, Noorullah K, Torres I, Crawford JM. The views of dentists, nurses and nutritionists on the association between diabetes and periodontal disease: a qualitative study in a Latino community. J Pub Health Dent. 2006;66(3):212-215.

Peters K, Baldyga W, Lampiris L, Jensen J, Koerber A, Kaste L, Levy S. Addressing rural health disparities in Illinois: oral health. Pub Health Pract Ill. 2006;6(2):59-67.