Three separate grants were funded:
Prevention of Disease
The Illinois Prevention Research Center at UIC received a five-year, $4.1 million grant from the CDC to help eliminate health disparities and create healthy communities through research, training and sharing knowledge. The grant will fund the center's largest research project, aimed at preventing and controlling diabetes in Latino and African-American populations.
The project uses awareness campaigns, education, nutrition and physical activity to target high-risk populations on the city's Southwest Side through a partnership with the Latino Organization of the Southwest.
The center also serves as a resource to address national, regional and local public health priorities through participatory research.
"We work with the community on the front lines to improve the health of Chicagoans and beyond," said Susan Curry, director of the Institute for Health Research and Policy and principal investigator of the project.
The center is part of the Institute for Health Research and Policy at UIC and is one of 33 Prevention Research Centers established and funded by the CDC. It is the only Prevention Research Center in Illinois.
Training Tomorrow's Researchers
The UIC School of Public Health received a three-year, $2.7 million grant to train a key group of public health research scientists skilled in disease prevention and disaster preparedness.
The Illinois Public Health Research Fellowship Program will recruit 12 postdoctoral trainees and four doctoral students to address issues faced by public health departments in urban, high-risk environments.