What does the Illinois Alliance to Promote Opportunities for Health do?
The IAPOH is a multi-sector coalition. We know that chronic health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers are a major public health concern in Illinois and disproportionately affect Black, Indigenous and Communities of Color, the communities with disabilities, LGBTQ+ communities, rural communities, and other communities that have been historically disinvested and oppressed.
As we move forward into the future, we’re on a mission to:
- Develop, change, and implement policies and systems to support access to nourishing foods, safe and accessible physical activity, and eliminate social and institutional barriers to achieving optimal health.
- Foster communities and institutions to integrate nourishing food and physical activity for all.
- Bridge partners and sectors across the state to coordinate approaches to chronic disease prevention and the social and structural barriers to nutrition and physical activity.
Our vision is an Illinois in which our collective efforts, representative of our diversity and all cultures, lead to policies, systems and practices that enable all residents and communities equitable access to nourishing food, opportunities to engage in safe and enjoyable physical activity, and are supported to maintain their health and well-being.