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Established in 2002, the Chicago Partnership for Health Promotion (CPHP) mission is to provide high quality nutrition education, health promotion and disease prevention services through partnerships, directed at eligible families in Chicago.  The CPHP nutrition education team provides services through a wide network of community based organizations with interventions designed to improve nutrition and reduce health disparities for individuals with nutrition associated diseases.  CPHP provides high quality culturally tailored nutrition education in more than 300 venues reaching every region of Chicago.

CPHP’s goal is to bring healthy lifestyle messages into communities where Chicagoans live, work, eat and play.  CPHP staff encourages Chicago families to make healthier food choices, learn to prepare and consume healthier foods every day and be more physically active. CPHP provides nutrition education through a team of Nutrition educators, drawing on the unique strengths of both academic professionals (often registered dietitians) and paraprofessional community peer educators.


Who is Eligible for CPHP’s Free Nutrition Education Services?

Individuals and families whose income are at or are below 185% of poverty or eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formally Food Stamps, a.k.a. Illinois LINK). This includes students attending schools with greater than 50% participation in the federal free or reduced price lunch programs (~92% of Chicago Public Schools) who reside within Chicagoland.  CPHP focuses programming in Chicago neighborhoods and at venues with a high proportion of eligible participants and develops services for all age groups.  Do you have or know of a group, school or community organization that would be interested in having CPHP come to provide high quality nutrition education?


Nutrition Interventions

CPHP nutrition interventions actively engage individuals in schools, parks, community clinics, and other locations throughout Chicagoland.

  • Early Childhood Intervention
    CPHP provides education and support to Head Start and qualifying preschool sites to promote the consumption of healthy foods, daily physical activity and positive health behaviors specific to obesity prevention.
  • Community Youth Intervention
    CPHP extends its services for youth outside of the classroom by offering nutrition education and policy, systems and environmental supports to park districts, summer camps and after school sites. These fun interactive nutrition education sessions keep children moving as they learn about the importance of healthy eating to promote their growth and development. The technical assistance provided, help make lasting structural changes at the site that encourage a healthier lifestyle.
  • Healthy Schools Intervention
    CPHP extends its services outside of the classroom by offering nutrition education and support to park districts, summer camps and after school sites. These fun interactive nutrition education sessions keep children moving as they learn about the importance of healthy eating to promote children’s healthy growth and development. Other focus areas include summer meals promotion and policy/advocacy for creating healthy environments.
  • Community Adults Intervention
    The Community Adults Intervention works to help SNAP-eligible adults have healthy diets, and be physically active. The Intervention prioritizes a number of settings, including but not limited to senior living and transitional housing sites. Within these settings, nutrition and physical activity are promoted through direct education, as well as through strategies to create healthier environments for adults to live within.
  • Faith Based Intervention
    Working in partnership with local faith-based intuitions, CPHP promotes healthy eating, physical activity and obesity prevention in communities of faith. Based on the Faithful Families program, CPHP works with faith-based leaders, health ministries, and congregants to provide engaging health education and create policy, system, and environmental changes that support healthy behaviors at faith-based organizations.
  • Food Systems Intervention
    The Food Systems intervention works in the community garden and urban farm sector to offer technical assistance to improve food security and access in CPHP target communities. The intervention works to expand home based gardening through gardening education and the Grow Your Groceries program. The intervention works with community organizations on food based, health and wellness initiatives.
  • Healthy Food Access Intervention
    The Food Access Intervention targets local food pantries, corner stores and other retail and emergency food sites where community members actively make food choices. At these sites we aim to improve the availability of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and low-fat foods; nudge community members to choose healthier items by employing recipes, signage and nutrition education; alter the food environment by improving the display and placement of healthy foods.

Request services by completing our Service Interest Request (SIR) Form to schedule services for your school, community or public health.


Service Request Form


Daylan Dufelmeier
Director, Chicago Partnership for Health Promotion

Partners – UIC

• UIC Medical Center

• UIC College of Nursing Integrative Health Systems/Thresholds and Midwifery Program

• Mile Square Health Center

Partners – State and Municipal

• Chicago Department of Public Health

• Chicago Public Schools

• Chicago Park District

Partners – Non-Profit and Community

• Healthy Schools Campaign

• Greater Chicago Food Depository: Food Pantries, Produce Mobile

• Logan Square Neighborhood Association

• Communities in Schools of Chicago

• Faith based organizations

• Beauty & Barber Shops

• Senior Centers

Supported by:

US Department of Agriculture/Illinois Department of Human Services (USDA)

CPHP is supported by funding received from the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (formerly Food Stamps) through a grant to the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS).

IDHS contracts with UIC for program delivery, monitoring and evaluation.

Past Funding:

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois/Health Care Service Corporation

For more information and to request nutrition education services click the following link.

Service Request Form

The CPHP staff are looking forward to working with you soon!

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