Center for Policy and Partnership Initiatives

IPHI’s Center for Policy and Partnership Initiatives (CPPI) promotes stakeholder-engaged planning, and incubates and implements new policy and practice initiatives by developing and activating high level multi-sectoral partnerships.

Current CPPI initiatives include:

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The Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity is a diverse coalition of state and local organizations working toward a state-level response to the obesity epidemic through coordinated policy, systems, and environmental changes.  The Illinois Public Health Institute initially convened and continues to administer the coalition from its inception in January 2010.  IPHI is working with IAPO to implement the Illinois Obesity Action Roadmap.

Healthy and Active Communities Network (HACN)HACN

The Healthy and Active Communities Network (HACN), which merged with IAPO in 2013, is a peer learning network of more than 50 local coalitions and community partnerships working towards sustainable improvements in healthy eating and active living through policy, systems and environmental change.

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The Illinois Public Health Institute works with the Illinois State Board of Education, school organizations and other stakeholders to improve the quality of P.E. in Illinois. IPHI served on and staffed a Stakeholder and Expert Task Force on Physical Education, established by Public Act 98-0859, to develop a statewide fitness testing program, and now offers the Pump Up P.E. training program for teachers.

Bridging to Preventive Care Initiative

IPHI, with its partners from the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity (IAPO), has advocated for connecting community-based chronic disease prevention and management programs to Medicaid enrollees, especially to prevent and manage the impact of obesity and diabetes. In April, 2016, IPHI/IAPO launched an intensive research and development effort to create a Roadmap for the essential elements required for offering evidence-based chronic disease prevention and management programs to Medicaid clients enrolled in managed care organizations (MCO). A pilot program is being launched to test the systems described in the Roadmap.

Reports and Publications from CPPI:

Health Impact Assessment of the Proposed Englewood  Line Trail

The Illinois Public Health Institute and the Chicago Department of Public Health are excited to release findings and recommendations from a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) that was conducted in 2015-2016. IPHI and CDPH partnered with the city’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) and numerous community partners to conduct a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) of a proposed multi-use trail in the Englewood and West Englewood community areas of Chicago.

Controlling Junk Food and the Bottom Line: Case Studies of Schools Successfully Implementing Strong Competitive Food and Beverage Standards

IPHI partnered with the UIC Center for Health Policy Research to study how schools can successfully implement higher nutrition standards for à la carte, vending and school store food sales while minimizing negative financial impact.


Exploring the Health and Economic Impact of Local Food Procurement

With funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, IPHI partnered with the Crossroads Resource Center to conduct five case studies with schools and other institutions across the country to illuminate the economic and health impacts of local food procurement, contextual factors that serve as facilitators or barriers for policy implementation in the case study sites, and potential areas for future research.

CPPI Staff

Elissa Bassler, IPHI’s CEO and IAPO’s Executive Director
Janna Simon, Program Director, Policy Advocacy & Organizing
Sarah Chusid, Program Manager I