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Center on Health Promotion

Providing the knowledge and skills necessary for promoting independence

People with disabilities are largely unserved or underserved in programs of health promotion and physical activity.

This situation is particularly problematic as they are often more vulnerable to the development of secondary conditions such as obesity, pain, social isolation, deconditioning and depression due to insufficient participation in key health promoting behaviors.

We believe that investing resources in empowering people with disabilities to improve and self-manage their own health through appropriate exercise, nutrition and health behavior can have an enormous impact in improving quality of life and reducing healthcare costs.

The CHP was established in 1997 with the primary aim to identify people with disabilities who are at risk for developing numerous health complications and provide them with the knowledge and skills necessary for promoting their own independence, equal opportunity, quality of life, and longevity.

Building upon the core funding provided by the University of Illinois at Chicago, the CHP has been able to successfully compete for federal funding from the National Institutes on Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.

Our Team

Brienne Davis Lowry

Brienne Davis Lowry

Project Coordinator, Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project (DRRP)

Phone: 312-355-4054
Email: bdavis7@uic.edu

Kueifang (Kelly) Hsieh

Kueifang (Kelly) Hsieh

Research Assistant Professor, Associate Director of Evaluation and Statistics, RRTC

Phone: 312-413-1530
Email: hsieh@uic.edu

Yochai Eisenberg

Yochai Eisenberg

Project Coordinator, Health Empowerment Zones

Phone: 312-413-9410
Email: yeisen2@uic.edu

Sumithra Murthy

Sumithra Murthy

Project Coordinator, Longitudinal Health & Intellectual Disability Study (LHIDS)

Phone: 312-355-1396
Email: smurthy@uic.edu

Kiyoshi Yamaki

Kiyoshi Yamaki

Research Assistant Professor

Phone: 312-413-7860
Email: kiyoshiy@uic.edu