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Yochai Eisenberg, MUPP, is the Project Coordinator at the Department of Disability and Human Development at UIC for the project entitled “Building Health Empowerment Zones for People with Disabilities: Obesity and the Built Environment”. He received his Masters of Urban Planning and Policy degree from UIC and received his B.A in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mr. Eisenberg has worked in various capacities in the private, public and non-profit sectors doing urban planning and design.

As part of the Health Empowerment Zone Project, a new measure called the Community Inclusion Index (CII) is being developed. This tool will allow disability and health professionals to examine the inclusivity of the programs, services and community infrastructure offered to local citizens in obesity prevention. The instrument measures a community’s ability to support healthy, active living among individuals with disabilities. CII domains include the built environment (e.g., paths, sidewalks, transportation, fitness centers), social infrastructure (e.g., volunteer support), and health promotion programs/services offered in schools, workplace and the general community. Yochai Eisenberg, a project coordinator in the Center on Health Promotion for People with Disabilities at UIC, is currently developing the CII with input from experts in the disability field as well as the broader disability community. To read more, visit the HEZ page.