Bridging the Gap: Research Informing Practice and Policy for Healthy Youth Behavior

The Foundation's Program, Bridging the Gap: Research Informing Practice and Policy for Healthy Youth Behavior, was designed to improve understanding of school, community, state and national policies and environmental factors affecting youth diet, physical activity, obesity, and tobacco, alcohol and drug use, and to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions to prevent youth obesity and tobacco use.This grant will continue the work of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Bridging the Gap (BTG) initiative, but with a significant shift in focus. RWJF originally designed BTG to close gaps in our understanding of the most important policy, environmental and programmatic strategies for reducing youth substance use. In recent years, BTG expanded its objectives and activities to include the impact of policy, environmental and programmatic factors on youth healthy eating, physical activity and obesity, and developed partnerships with RWJF obesity-related initiatives (e.g., Healthy Eating Research, Active Living Research). With the shift in the focus, the Foundation will devote the majority of funding to the policy, program and environmental determinants of childhood and adolescent obesity, and a smaller amount for similar analyses for youth tobacco use. Deliverables will include analysis and reporting of national trends in policy, program and other environmental influences on youth behavior at the school, community and state levels. BTG will work with the Foundation's Childhood Obesity communications team to co-brand and disseminate research findings to a wide audience.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $15,959,747.00

Awarded on: 12/3/2008

Time frame: 12/1/2008 - 8/31/2012

Grant Number: 64702


University of Illinois at Chicago Institute for Health Research and Policy

Westside Research Office Building, 5th Floor M/C 275
1747 West Roosevelt Road
Chicago, 60608-1264


Frank Joseph Chaloupka
Project Director


Leah Rimkus
Project Director