Partners and Affiliates

A key role of the CCDTR is to serve as a working community of collaborators from across Chicago, the Midwest, and the nation. Together we bridge the gap between the research arena and real-world practitioners, administrators, and policymakers seeking to improve diabetes care.

MidWest Clinicians’ Network

The MidWest Clinicians’ Network (MWCN) is a nonprofit corporation consisting of health centers from ten states in the Midwest: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, and Wisconsin. MWCN’s mission is to enhance professional and personal growth for clinicians to become effective leaders for their health centers and promoters of quality, community-based primary health care. MWCN serves diabetes patients who are mostly low-income; two-thirds of their diabetes patients are African-American or Latino, and about half live in rural communities. MWCN has collaborated with the University of Chicago on diabetes translation projects since 1997. The collaboration has helped tremendously in building diabetes translation research capacity in the network and facilitating innovative diabetes translation research in our health centers. The partnership led to the seminal diabetes translation research studies of the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Health Disparities Collaboratives that have improved diabetes care in health centers nationally and influenced HRSA policy on chronic care management and disparities reduction.  Other projects produced by the partnership include: Reducing Diabetes in Health Centers – The Health Disparities Collaboratives; Obesity Reduction and Diabetes Prevention – Combating Obesity at Community Health Centers (C.O.A.C.H.); Healthcare Delivery for Latinos with Diabetes in Health Centers; Health Literacy among Community Health Center Patients; Migrant Farm Workers’ Diabetes Management and Outcomes; Implementing Diabetes Group Visits in Community Health Centers; Behavioral Health Integration and Diabetes Outcomes; and Implementing Diabetes Group Visits and Text Messaging in Community Health Centers to Improve Outcomes Among Disadvantaged Patients.

Access Community Health Network

Access Community Health Network (ACCESS) is a Public Health Service 330 designated community health center network operating 40 distinct service locations throughout metropolitan Chicago. ACCESS’ mission is to provide outstanding preventive and primary health care, accessible to all in their own communities. Services are provided without regard to health status or ability to pay. With health care centers concentrated in Chicago’s most impoverished and under-resourced areas, nearly 95 percent of patients are African American and Latino and 93 percent live below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. ACCESS has partnered to promote diabetes translation research with the Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research and University of Chicago Diabetes Research and Training Center since 2008.  The grant has enabled ACCESS to build diabetes translation research capacity in the network, aided external funding efforts, and helped to perform research to improve diabetes outcomes among predominantly African-American and Latino patients. Key projects of the partnership include: Do Performance Incentives Improve Diabetes Care in Health Centers?; Culturally-Tailored Patient Education and Empowerment; Improving Diabetes Care and Outcomes on the South Side of Chicago; and Personalized Decision Support for Older Persons with Diabetes.

Chicago Department of Public Health

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) is the nation’s third largest local governmental public health authority. With just over 1,000 employees, CDPH provides a broad range of health promotion and disease prevention services; additionally, CDPH operates a network of community health centers and mental health centers located in some of Chicago’s most underserved communities. The work of the department is supported by broader efforts in epidemiology, policy, planning and legislative affairs. This partnership supports CDPH’s efforts to construct a data infrastructure for understanding diabetes in the city and to conduct research and develop targeted interventions for specific patient populations. Key projects of this partnership include analyzing data on diabetes-related hospitalizations; piloting a diabetes prevention intervention in collaboration with the Chicago Housing Authority; measuring the effects of city policies and ordinances on diabetes outcomes; and developing wellness programs in collaboration with Chicago Public Schools.


Other CCDTR Affiliates

Association of Asian Pacific Islander Community Health Organizations – AAPCHO is a national association of community health organizations serving Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders. We are dedicated to promoting advocacy, collaboration, and leadership that improves the health status and access of these medically underserved communities.

Center for Health and the Social Sciences – For more than 75 years, The University of Chicago has been a leader in fostering interdisciplinary research and training at the interface of health and the social sciences. The Center for Health and the Social Sciences, founded in 2005, continues this legacy by supporting interdisciplinary health research and training initiatives across campus.

Digestive Disease Research Core Center – The University of Chicago Digestive Disease Research Core Center (DDRCC) is committed to building a better understanding of gastrointestinal diseases by fostering research, collaboration, and new technology and by providing education and resources to talented investigators in the field of digestive disease research. We offer state of the art services through five core facilities including: the Integrated Translational Research Core, the Host-Microbe Core, the Administrative Core, the Tissue Engineering and Cell Models Core, and the Tissue and Cell Analysis Core.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Finding Answers: Disparities Research for Change – Finding Answers funds program evaluations in 33 health care organizations across the country. We are evaluating a variety of intervention strategies in different health care settings to find out what works—and what does not—to improve care.

Health Delivery Systems Center for Diabetes Translational Research – The aim of this Center is to actively foster and support translational research in diabetes within health care delivery systems affiliated with the HMO Research Network (HMORN), University of California San Francisco and the State of California. This Center addresses three core areas to improve diabetes care: health care disparities, diabetes and obesity prevention, and health information technology interventions.

University of Chicago Diabetes Research and Training Center – The University of Chicago Diabetes Research and Training Center (DRTC) provides resources for the support and coordination of the research and training activities in diabetes and related metabolic and endocrine disorders of a large and growing number of independently funded but highly interactive investigators.

Urban Health Initiative – The Urban Health Initiative (UHI) is the University of Chicago Medical Center’s long-term commitment to improving health and access to quality care for the South Side of Chicago through patient care, community-based research and medical education. We are working to establish strong, lasting relationships with civic leaders, community organizations, health care providers and residents to develop a comprehensive health care system that is rooted in collaboration. The UHI is designed to encourage wellness and connect patients to the care they need.


Other Centers for Diabetes Translation Research (CDTRs)

Albert Einstein College of Medicine – The aim of the Albert Einstein CDTR (New York Regional Center for Diabetes Translation Research) is to increase collaboration and enhance communication among investigators from multiple institutions and diverse disciplines. There is a focus on the following unifying themes – health equity and addressing differences in population health status that can be traced to unequal economic and social conditions; and using a biopsychosocial approach to integrate diabetes and obesity translational research through consideration of biological, psychological, and social determinants of health and disease.

Emory University – The aim of the Emory CDTR (Georgia Center for Diabetes Translation Research) is to facilitate and grow Type 2 translation research in diabetes within the state of Georgia. Type 2 translation is defined as research focused on translating approaches that have clearly demonstrated efficacy into real world health care settings, and communities, at risk with an emphasis on reach, sustainability, and widespread implementation.

University of Colorado – The aim of the University of Colorado CDTR (Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health (CAIANH)) is to promote the health and well-being of American Indians and Alaska Natives, of all ages, by pursuing research, training, continuing education, technical assistance, and information dissemination within a biopsychosocial framework that recognizes the unique cultural contexts of this special population.

University of Michigan – The aim of the Michigan CDTR (MCDTR) is to focus on research to better translate interventions that have clearly demonstrated efficacy into real-world populations, health care settings, and communities.

Vanderbilt University – The aim of the Vanderbilt CDTR is to improve prevention and treatment of diabetes and/or obesity by promoting research that supports implementation, dissemination, and sustained use of effective interventions or approaches that improve the health of individuals with diabetes of obesity.

Washington University at St. Louis – The aim of the Washington University CDTR is to focus on translating intervention that have demonstrated efficacy into real-world healthcare settings, communities, and populations at-risk, leveraging in this effort the immense scientific resources of multiple NIH and other funded centers relevant to the prevention Type 2 diabetes at Washington University.