Bridging the Gap: Research Informing Practice and Policy for Healthy Youth Behavior, 2012-2014

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 renewal grant supports the work of the ImpacTeen component of the Bridging the Gap (BTG) initiative. Analyses identify and evaluate promising prevention strategies to inform and support each of the six new childhood obesity policy priorities and advocacy structures developed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Deliverables will include papers, presentations, research briefs and syntheses describing trends in critical obesity-related measures (e.g., self-reported diet, physical activity and body mass index) in nationally representative samples of youths at the primary, middle and high school levels and in related school-, community-, state-, and national-level policies, programs and environmental influences on childhood obesity rates. BTG researchers will continue to work closely with RWJF to co-author, co-brand (as appropriate) and disseminate research findings, with an emphasis on research briefs, just-in-time infographics, and social media, and in collaboration with the Foundation's Childhood Obesity team's communications team and new policy-advocacy hubs. The grantee will not use RWJF funds for lobbying.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $4,400,000.00

Awarded on: 8/30/2012

Time frame: 9/1/2012 - 6/30/2014

Grant Number: 70157


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