Advocacy & Public Education

Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity

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 and Active Communities Network

IPHI’s Healthy and Active Communities Network supports local initiatives by providing a venue for sharing lessons learned and aligning goals and strategies to build sustainable change through influencing policy, systems and environments.


Rethink Your Drink: Reducing Consumption of Sugar-Loaded Beverages to Prevent Obesity

IPHI is working to implement the IAPO’s short-term objective to mobilize, educate and advocate with community residents, leaders and policy-makers to reduce access to and consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages.


Enhancing Physical Education in Illinois

IPHI is collaborating with the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Public Health to assist the Illinois Enhance PE Task Force to achieve its dual goals of revising the Illinois PE curriculum and promoting adoption of Enhanced PE in districts across Illinois by providing research, facilitation and logistical support.


Illinois Health Information Exchange

IPHI is a member of Illinois’ Health Information Exchange (HIE) Authority Advisory Committee and works to promote the use of HIE to provide data and information that supports health improvement for communities and populations.


Stakeholder Engagement and Partnership Development


Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change Strategies


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.


Exercise Your Mind: Collaborating To Enhance Physical Education In Illinois Schools – archived project

This 1.5 hour webinar provides an overview of the goals and strategies of the Illinois Enhanced P.E. strategic Plan, published in June 2012. It also describes how P.E. has been redefined in recent years and practical ways in which this “new” P.E. can be implemented. The presenters share research demonstrating the link between physical activity and improved academic performance. Resources and tools for working with your school and community to support these changes are also provided.