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CCDTR Investigators present at Chicago Diabetes Day

May 16, 2017 – The 12th Annual Chicago Diabetes Day took place this past Saturday, May 13th at the University of Chicago.  This conference is intended to serve as a forum for basic and clinical investigators, clinicians, and pharmaceutical industry personnel in Chicago and the Midwest to meet, share information, and discuss common interests with the goal of fostering collaborations between individuals and between institutions.

CCDTR investigators Wen Wan, PHD and Katie Gunter, MPH, MSW, won awards for their posters entitled, “Cost-effectiveness of Continuous Glucose Monitoring of Type-1 Diabetes with Multiple Insulin Injections: the DIAMOND Randomized Trial,” and “Shared-Decision Making for Diabetes and Chronic Conditions: Experiences and Recommendations from Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) African American Patients.”

CCDTR Researcher awarded an Innovation Grant

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At the Annual Quality and Safety Symposium last week (5/4), Elbert Huang and his team were awarded an Innovation Grant ($40,000) from the UC Center for Healthcare Delivery Science & Innovation. The Innovation Grant Program seeks to support innovative solutions to operational problems and areas of need of improvement at UC Medicine. Dr. Huang’s project is called “Managing Diabetes to Gain Opportunities for a more Active Life (My Diabetes GOAL)”. More info about the grant can be found here.

 

 

CCDTR Investigators Present at the Annual SGIM Meeting

CCDTR staff member Alexa Minc presents her poster "Validation of a Computerized Adaptive Test for Depression and Anxiety in Primary Care."

May 2, 2017 – Last week, several CCDTR investigators and staff attended the annual meeting of the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) in Washington, D.C. CCDTR-affiliated investigators presenting and/or facilitating workshops at the meeting included Ashley Haddad, Arshiya Baig, Deborah Burnet, Neda Laiteerapong, Monica Peek, and Valerie Press.

In addition to the presenters, several CCDTR staff/investigators’ posters were displayed at the SGIM meeting, including Arshiya Baig, Scott Cook, Kathryn Gunter, Fanny Lopez, Justin Jia, Erin Staab, Amanda Benitez, Michael Quinn, Deborah Burnet, David Meltzer, Neda Laiteerapong, Monica Peek, Ashley Haddad, Alexa Minc, James Zhang, Julie Grutzmacher, Harold Pollack, and Cynthia Schaefer.

Dr. Monica Peek Elected as Council Member to the SGIM

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April 21, 2017 — Dr. Monica Peek has been elected as a Council member to the National Society of General Internal Medicine. The pass-the-gavel ceremony will take place on Saturday 4/22 at the SGIM annual meeting. Congratulations Dr. Peek for your outstanding leadership in internal medicine!

5th Annual Diabetes Cook Off Contest a Success!

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November 30, 2016 — The South Side Diabetes Project hosted its 5th Annual Diabetes Cook Off Contest at Washburne Culinary Institute at Kennedy King College on November 15, 2014. Hosted annually by the South Side Diabetes Project during National Diabetes Month, the cook off is a live competition judged by a panel of food, health, and wellness experts. This contest is an opportunity for amateur cooks from the community to compete and share great tasting, healthy recipes and to demonstrate just how easy and enjoyable and affordable healthy cooking and healthy living can be. Recipes in four categories, side dish, entrée, dessert, and snack, were judged for a grand prize of $1,000. This free and family-friendly event is preceded by a community resource fair with free flu shots and health information. Improving Diabetes Care and Outcomes on the South Side of Chicago is a project spearheaded by CCDTR Associate Director Dr. Monica Peek and CCDTR Director Dr. Marshall Chin. The project engages patients, providers, clinics, and community partners to improve the health care and outcomes of African-Americans living in the South Side of Chicago. Click here to learn more!

PHOTOS FROM THE SOUTH SIDE DIABETES COOK-OFF COMPETITION
         

CCDTR researchers report disparities in diabetes screening for Asian Americans

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An article by CCDTR investigators Liz Tung, Arshiya Baig, Elbert Huang, and Neda Laiteerapong was featured in Science Life today. Dr. Tung discussed their findings that Asian Americans are less likely to be screened for diabetes than other racial and ethnic groups despite a high prevalence of undiagnosed diabetes in this population. Click here to read the post.

CCDTR Investigators Receive Awards at Midwest SGIM

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CCDTR investigators were recognized for their work at the Society of General Internal Medicine Midwest Regional Meeting in Cleveland today. Neda Laiteerapong received the Award for Excellence in Clinician Investigation, and her presentation on “The Legacy Effect of Early Glycemic Control in Type 2 Diabetes on Future Diabetes Complications: The Diabetes and Aging Study” was named the best scientific abstract oral presentation.

UChicago medical student Ivana Barouhas presented on the Implementing Diabetes Group Visits in Community Health Centers project led by Arshiya Baig in collaboration with Midwest Clinicians’ Network. Her poster, “Assessing the Effectiveness of a Training Intervention on Community Health Center Staff’s Ability to Implement Diabetes Group Visits,” was awarded 3rd place in the scientific abstract poster presentation category.

Several other CCDTR members earned scientific abstract and innovations poster awards for their ongoing work at UChicago. See the SGIM announcement for the full list of awards.

Power Up! A “Dinger” in Childhood Obesity Prevention

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Over the past five years, the Power Up! Program has proudly engaged community partners of all ages on the importance of living a healthier lifestyle and reducing the incidence of nutrition-related chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and juvenile arthritis. Power Up has undertaken multiple nutrition presentations and events which continue to impact the community.

Partnership News

The year 2015 concluded our partnership year with the Chicago White Sox/MLB, exclusively sponsored by the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital. This collaboration to fight childhood obesity and promote baseball-themed activities was a huge hit! (Pun totally intended.) Additionally, Power Up! had the terrific opportunity to host baseball clinic events with four outstanding community schools: Woodlawn Community School, Langford Academy and UofC Charter Schools including Woodson Elementary and North Kenwood Oakland (NKO) Academy. Nearly 200 Power Up All Star students received the opportunity of a lifetime applying drills, sprints, in-field/out-field baseball techniques and more with the Chicago White Sox/MLB organization.

Thank You

The Power Up! Nutrition and Physical Activity Program would like to thank the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital , the University of Chicago Medicine Marketing Department along with the Chicago White Sox/MLB organization for positively affecting the awareness of childhood obesity and promoting physical activity through the Power Up All Stars Series 2013-2015.

This year marks a new year and continued collaborations with the Pilot Light Chefs Organization and partner CPS school Langford Academy. Power Up will join forces with Pilot Light for nutrition education while learning tastes, behaviors and preferences of 3rd – 5th grade students via lessons in science, social studies, math and language arts. To learn more about Pilot Light Chefs, visit www.pilotlights.com.

If your school or organization would like a presentation on healthy eating and physical activity promotion, please contact us by phone at (773) 753-9941 or by email to amsteenes@uchicago.edu.

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