Illinois PRC - Global and Territorial Health Research Network


Chronic diseases are a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease and are a major cause of premature morbidity and mortality worldwide. Chronic disease accounts for approximately 63% of global deaths annually and low-and middle-income countries (LMICs) are disproportionately burdened with 80% of chronic disease mortality. From 2010 to 2020, deaths from chronic disease are expected to increase by 15% globally. Premature death and diminished quality of life are preventable conditions if primary health care resources are accessible to communities. Local context and policy strongly influences the adoption of interventions in low- resource settings. While most countries (92%) have developed at least one policy, strategy or plan to address chronic disease, only 79% consider the policy to be operational and only 71% report having dedicated funding for policy implementation concerning chronic disease.

The CDC's Global and Territorial Health Research Network exemplifies the type of collaboration needed to effectively address critical global public health problems such as chronic disease. As a collaborating center in this network, the Illinois Prevention Research Center (IPRC) seeks to work with global partner institutions, their communities, and other partners to develop, implement, evaluate and disseminate health promotion interventions, research, policies and practices at the individual, organizational, environmental, and policy levels to reduce the burden of cervical cancer in rural Senegal.

The IPRC proposes a global health partnership model that fosters linkages among communities and existing primary health care service resources that are responsive to local contexts such that lessons can be shared and applied regarding how access is enhanced and health status can be improved in populations of need. Specifically, the partnership model will be used to assess the horizontal and vertical scaling of health policy originating at the local level through community participatory approach.

Research Partner(s)

The Illinois PRC is a collaborating center in the Global and Territorial Health Research Network, which includes research partners at the Prevention Research Centers of these academic institutions:

University of Rochester (Coordinating Center) 

Yale University

Funding Agency

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Grant No. 3U48DP005010, under the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers)


Tracy E. Irwin, MD, MPH (University of Washington)

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About this grant

This competitive supplement grant (SIP14-022) to the Illinois Prevention Research Center supports the center’s participation in a CDC network of PRCs that conduct research to improve global health. The award amount is a projection based on the original notice of award.

Related publications

Rahman R, Clark MD, Collins Z, Traore F, Dioukhane EM, Thiam H, Ndiaye Y, De Jesus EL, Danfakha N, Peters KE, Komarek T, Linn AM, Linn PE, Wallner KE, Charles M, Hasnain M, Peterson CE, Dykens JA. Cervical cancer screening decentralized policy adaptation: an African rural-context-specific systematic literature review. Glob Health Action. 2019;12(1):1587894. doi: 10.1080/16549716.2019.

Dykens JA, Linn AM, Irwin T, Peters KE, Pyra M, Traoré F, Touré Diarra M, Hasnain M, Wallner K, Linn P, Ndiaye Y. Implementing visual cervical cancer screening in Senegal: a cross-sectional study of risk factors and prevalence highlighting service utilization barriers. Int J Womens Health. 2017 Jan 27;9:59-67. doi: 10.2147/IJWH.S115454.

Demment MM, Peters K, Dykens JA, Dozier A, Nawaz H, McIntosh S, et al. Developing the evidence base to inform best practice: A scoping study of breast and cervical cancer reviews in low- and middle-income countries. PLoS One. 2015 Sep 1;10(9):e0134618.

News releases

Research on Women's Cancers Lacking in Poor and Middle-Income Countries (9/2/2015 University of Rochester Medical Center news release)