Nutrition & Physical Activity Research Projects in Community Settings


The Partnership to Improve Community Health Project (PICH), a CDC-funded initiative of the Boston Public Health Commission, aims to support implementation of evidence-based strategies to improve the health of communities and reduce the prevalence of chronic disease.


The Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration (CORD) Project aims to reduce the number and percentage of children ages 2-12 years who are overweight or obese, and decrease the prevalence of chronic disease associated with unhealthy eating and lack of physical activity.

boston_map REACH

The Boston Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health: Obesity and Hypertension Demonstration Project (REACH), aims to develop and implement replicable and scalable strategies that assure population-wide policy, systems, and environmental improvements to reduce obesity and hypertension, and decrease health disparities.

healthy_groceries_104x104CTG: Massachusetts Corner Store Evaluation

Community Transformation Grants (CTG) are designed to help states and communities tackle the root causes of chronic disease such as smoking, poor diet and lack of physical activity, with an additional focus on reducing health disparities among lower–income Americans, racial and ethnic minorities, and other under-served populations that often have higher rates of disease. One strategy for change is increasing the accessibility and affordability of healthful foods and beverages in corner stores.

PAB logo 104x100 (play_across_boston_logo_104x100.jpg)Play Across Boston

Play Across Boston was undertaken by the HPRC in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Sport in Society and a broad-based community advisory board. The project led a comprehensive community-based assessment of physical activity programs and facilities for Boston youth. Findings were disseminated to community leaders to facilitate data-driven action for reducing observed disparities in physical activity opportunities in disadvantaged neighborhoods.

YTF 2011 104x104 (ytf_2011_104x104.jpg)Youth Task Force

The Youth Task Force (YTF) was a group of high school students who conducted research projects to inform the work of the HPRC and its community partners. The YTF was created to: 1) enhance the HPRC’s research capability by providing access to information and perspectives that youth may be more likely to share with peers than adult professionals; 2) provide a participatory role for youth in the research process; and 3) allow youth to build research and leadership skills.