Christina R Welter

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Public health is increasingly emphasizing policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) change as a key strategy for population-level health promotion and disease prevention. When applied to childhood obesity, this strategy typically involves school systems, since children spend large portions of their days in school and are heavily influenced by this(More)
In 2002, the National Association of County and City Health Officials embarked on a quest to clarify, in a uniform way, the functions of governmental local public health agencies. Over the next 3 years, a diverse group of local health department officials and their partners developed an Operational Definition of a Functional Local Health Department, which(More)
BACKGROUND Low-income and minority communities have higher rates of nutrition-related chronic diseases than do high-income and nonminority communities and often have reduced availability to healthful foods. Corner store initiatives have been proposed as a strategy to improve access to healthful foods in these communities, yet few studies evaluating these(More)
Active Living Research awarded the sixth annual Translating Research to Policy Award to the Model Conimtmities Initiative of Suburban Cook County, Illinois (SCC). Model Commvmities is a local strategy designed and implemented to address obesity in SCC. The purpose of the award is to recognize innovative teams or individtials representing research, policy,(More)
INTRODUCTION The Illinois Preparedness and Response Learning Center engages in efforts to develop and maintain a competent, sustainable, and prepared public health workforce in Illinois. Training, education, and technical assistance activities are driven by assessments conducted to identify preparedness gaps, needs, and priorities of public health(More)
The University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health, Doctor of Public Health degree is designed to build leadership skills and an ability to contribute to the evidence base of practice. The competency-based, distance-format, doctoral-level program for midcareer professionals features an action learning approach in which students apply leadership(More)
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