Policy & Systems Research & Development

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

IPHI is partnering with the UIC Center for Health Policy Research to study how schools can successfully implement higher nutrition standards for al la carte, vending and school store food sales while minimizing negative financial impact. CHECK BACK SOON – the report will be out before the end of March.

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.

Local Policy Database Environmental Scan

Early in 2013, IPHI formed a collaboration with the Mississippi Public Health Institute and theTexas Health Institute to respond to a Request for Proposals to investigate the current state and uses for local policy databases in public health.  The collaboration is using an iterative approach to conduct the environmental scan, using the Institutes’ expertise, advice from theCenters for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Network of Public Health Institutes, and subject matter experts to define the scope of the scan and test it against our consultants’ model policy databases. We will conduct an environmental scan of health policy databases, including databases in other sectors that are suggested by criteria for healthy communities. Our team will survey and/or interview a select group of potential users to develop a menu of content, tools, and services would be most useful for practitioners. Our team will translate the findings and analysis into a conceptual model of the comprehensive local policy database.  The final deliverables for this project are due at the end of September.

Illinois Framework Stakeholder Engagement Project


The State of Illinois, under the direction of the Department of Human Services Project Management Office, is developing a new approach to healthcare and human services. The Illinois Framework is building new connections between state agencies, and leveraging multiple federal investments that enable better information sharing, to give Illinois and its service providers the ability to adopt a more efficient, comprehensive approach to service delivery. The Framework Stakeholder Engagement Project is engaging service recipients, community-based providers, advocates and state employees to gather ideas and develop a more user-friendly, customer-focused system. IPHI has served as the Framework’s lead partner in engaging stakeholders since 2011, and is embarking on a second Statewide Listening Tour this summer. The Illinois Framework Statewide Listening Tour will visit nine cities between May and August.  Register to participate by visiting the Framework events calendar. For more information, visitIllinoisFramework.org.


Illinois Query or IQuery, is a web-based data query system for collecting and displaying health data. IQuery was a project of the Illinois Health Data Dissemination Initiative (IHDDI), a coalition of seven agencies of the State of Illinois, funded in part by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The IHDDI and IQuery were administered by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), with project management by the Illinois Public Health Institute.

Health Impact Assessment

Health Impact Assessment – 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.

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.

Healthy Farms, Healthy People

Healthy Farms, Healthy PeopleIPHI held a state-wide “Healthy Farms, Healthy People” symposium to address food access, regulations, food safety, and production/supply issues in Springfield, Illinois on Tuesday, October 23, 2012.  A report with a policy and research agenda is coming soon.




Case Studies on the Heath and Economic Impact of Local Food Procurement

IPHI is conducting case studies with schools and other institutions that procure local food.  The study will illuminate 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.

Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change Strategies

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.

Task Force on Health Planning Reform (TFHPR) – archived project

Public Act 095-0005 amended the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Act, creating the Task Force on Health Planning Reform (TFHPR). The mission of the TFHPR was to review, reform and implement new or revised policies and procedures relating to the evaluation of hospital expansion projects, safety net services, and create a long-range (10 year) health facilities plan. The TFHPR also reviewed and made recommendations to the size and membership of the current Health Facilities Planning Board. The overall goal of the TFHPR was to ensure the prevention of unnecessary duplication of facilities and services; improve the efficiency of the health care system; maintain an environment in the health care system that supports quality care; and support the most economic use of available resources.

Health in All Policies Symposium – archived project

On June 28, the Health in All Policies Symposium brought together Illinois leaders from multiple sectors for a robust discussion about how to ensure that all of our policies reflect a commitment to good health.

Illinois Health Data Dissemination Initiative (HDDI) – archived project