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Pediatric Health Institute

The Pediatric Health Institute is a unit of the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies within the School of Public Health-Bloomington. The Institute is focused on the creation of evidence based programs that positively impact the health and well-being of pediatric populations and their families. The Pediatric Health Institute seeks to link faculty, students, community organizations, and clients in order to develop, test, and facilitate innovative programs to improve health and well-being. Examples include programs to improve nutrition & physical activity, mental health, substance use, and programs to support the psychosocial health of youth impacted by disability, chronic illness, or life stressors. Bradford Woods is a strategic partner with the Institute and serves as a physical incubator for the short- and long-term success of these newly created programs.

Research Areas

Physical Activity
Substance Abuse
Mental Health
Disability, Illness & Psychosocial Health


To make a measured difference in pediatric health and quality of life through the creation of innovative evidence based programs


To be a global leader in the creation of impactful programs for youth and families that starts at the local level


  1. Evidence based programs
  2. Translational research
  3. Innovative approaches
  4. Local community based partnerships
  5. A dynamic, diverse, and empowering team approach
  6. Talented, passionate, and dedicated faculty & graduate students