Health Disparities

IPHI works to ensure that the public health system is be actively engaged in addressing health disparities and the social determinants that affect health outcomes across the lifespan.

Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity (IAPO) 

In 2010, IPHI launched and continues to coordinate The Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity(IAPO). IAPO is a statewide coalition comprised of stakeholders working for a state-level response to the obesity epidemic. IAPO works to shape and advance solutions to reverse dangerous obesity trends. IAPO supporters believe that Illinois must respond to the obesity epidemic by developing coordinated systems, policy improvements and investment on the scale of the problem.

Healthy Communities: The Converging Visions of Community Health and Community Development

IPHI is partnering with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and others to present this summit exploring the interactions between community development and public health in the areas of policy, practice, finance and philanthropy on June 12 and 13, 2013.  Watch for more information.

Health Impact Assessment on SNAP and Sugar Sweetened Beverages

IPHI is currently conducting an HIA on proposed policy to exclude the purchase of Sugar Sweetened Beverages from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) in Illinois. The assessment will also consider the potential impacts of alternative policies.

Illinois Framework Stakeholder Engagement Project

Illinois FrameworkThe State of Illinois, under the direction of the Department of Human Services Project Management Office, is building a new healthcare and human services system called the Illinois Framework that will link the service programs in seven state agencies to better meet the needs of clients and providers.

The Framework Stakeholder Engagement Project aims to educate and solicit feedback from clients, service providers, advocates and state employees to incorporate stakeholder input into the planning process and help the State design a user-friendly system. IPHI has served as the Framework’s lead partner in engaging stakeholders since 2011, when the CHIT organized a statewide Listening Tour that included 11 town hall conversations with providers, 11 focus groups with service recipients and three virtual conversations.

State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) – archived project

IPHI has provided the research, facilitation, process management and promotion of Illinois’ two state health improvement planning processes, the most recent having been completed in 2010.  In 2012, IPHI worked with IDPH and the University of Illinois at Chicago to support the SHIP Implementation Coordination Council.  The SHIP provides guidance to the state’s public health system on priorities for improving both the health of the public and system infrastructure needs.

Racial & Ethnic Health Disparities Action Council (REHDAC) – archived project

REHDAC was a forum created by IPHI for minority health stakeholders to explore public health system approaches to eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities in Illinois. REHDAC consisted of more than 30 stakeholders from public and private organizations throughout the state.