Pediatric Practice Research Group

The Pediatric Practice Research Group (PPRG) is a well-established, regional practice-based research network founded in 1984 as a partnership of the Department of Pediatrics at Lurie Children’s and an enthusiastic group of over 50 pediatric practices.

PPRG is dedicated to understanding and promoting optimal child health and function through practice-based research in the primary care setting. Our network-based approach values excellence and innovation. Through our network of over 380 medical providers in the Chicago metropolitan area, PPRG determines best practices, delivers ongoing clinical education and evaluates outcomes relevant to our racially, ethnically and socioeconomically diverse populations.

PPRG operates within the Mary Ann & J. Milburn Smith Child Health Research, Outreach, and Advocacy (SCHROA) Center of the Manne  Research Institute. In addition to our pediatric practice partners, PPRG also partners with the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (NUCATS) through the Center for Community Health at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, which fosters linkages between community clinicians through its Practice Based Research Program (PBRP).

Practice-based Research Instruments for the Prevention & Management of Childhood Obesity

Practice-based Research Instruments

From: Eckstein KC, Mikhail LM, Ariza AJ, Thomson JS, Millard SC, Binns HJ; Pediatric Practice Research Group. Parents' perceptions of their child's weight and health. Pediatrics. 2006 Mar;117(3):681-90.

Survey for parents and guardians of children from 2-17 years old: English | Spanish

Sketches for parents and guardians of children from 2-17 years old:

English: Female | Male

Spanish: Female | Male

Ariza AJ, Hartman J, Grodecki J, Clavier A, Ghaey K, Elsner M, Moore C, Reina OO, Binns HJ. Linking pediatric primary care obesity management to community programs. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2013;24(2 Suppl):158-67.

Giving Young Hearts Strong Starts - Your Guide to Raising a Heart Healthy Child: English | Spanish

Safer Yards Brochure

Lowering Lead Exposure (PDF)

Getting Involved with the PPRG

Information for Academic Researchers

The PPRG team has interests in a wide variety of topics. We have access to a diverse population of patients and we have addressed issues that are relevant to primary care. If you are interested in our research, we would like to hear from you. 

Information for Community Providers

We encourage community clinicians to partner with us. We often have new studies developing.

For information on collaborating with the Pediatric Practice Research Group, contact Liliana Bolanos.


Adolfo J. Ariza, MD, PPRG Director

Helen Binns, MD, MPH, PPRG Associate Director

John V. Lavigne, PhD, ABPP, Psychology Researcher

Kelly W. Lowry, PhD, Psychology Researcher

Group Members/Staff

  • Liliana Bolanos, Senior Research Associate