Dr. Arshiya Baig has been selected as the 2015 Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) Midwest Award winner for Advocacy and Community Service. Dr. Baig has worked on community-based participatory research projects to improve healthcare delivery to low-income, uninsured minority communities in partnership with faith-based organizations in Los Angeles and Chicago. Her main research interest is in the use of faith-based interventions to mitigate Latino diabetes disparities. She has collaborated with churches and community groups in South Lawndale, Chicago, to test a church-based diabetes self-management program on diabetes control and management among Latinos. She has also led a survey of health centers in the Midwest assessing the services provided to Latino patients and provider knowledge of Latino culture.
Dr. Baig was selected from among many outstanding nominees by the SGIM Midwest Awards Selection Committee. She accepted the award at the annual Midwest SGIM regional meeting in Cleveland, OH.