Center for Healthcare and Delivery Science & Innovation Special Lecture with Leora Horwitz, MD, MHS


Leora Horwitz, MD, MHS, director of the Center for Healthcare Innovation & Delivery Science at the NYU Langone Medical Center will be giving the Center for Healthcare and Delivery Science & Innovation Special Lecture on Monday March 18, 2019, entitled ‘Transforming an Academic Medical Center to a Learning Health System’. The lecture will focus on the difference between an academic medical center and a true learning health system, as well as how healthcare delivery science can be incorporated into practice and operations.

Leora Horwitz

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Associate Director Monica Peek discusses how environmental factors can significantly impact patients’ health outcomes

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Associate Director Monica Peek, MD, MPH, MSc was quoted in an NBC Chicago article concerning community health in Chicago.

According to medical experts, residents who live in areas without easily accessible fruits and vegetables tend to buy calorie-dense, nutrient-poor foods. Those high-salt and starchy foods can lead to obesity and high blood pressure.

“It’s not enough to just tell a patient to go eat healthy and exercise if the neighborhoods are not safe or they’re in a food desert,” said Dr. Peek.

Read the full article here.

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Marshall Chin, MD, MPH publishes study in Journal of General Internal Medicine


Marshall Chin, MD, MPH has published a study whose objective was to assess what guidance frameworks for health equity provide for organizations implementing interventions to make care and outcomes more equitable. The study found existing equity intervention frameworks often lack specific guidance for implementing organizational change. Future frameworks should assess inner organizational context to guide translation of programs across different organizational departments and levels and provide specific guidelines on institutionalization and sustainability of interventions. The study was published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine on February 7, 2019.

The Excited State, featuring Dr. Elbert Huang

Elbert Huang, MD, MPH, FACP, Director,Center for Chronic Disease Research and Policy (CDRP), University of Chicago

Science has never been so fun… or scientists so funny! “The Excited State” is an improv comedy show from The Revival theater in Hyde Park. The performance takes audiences on a hilarious—and utterly improvised—journey of discovery through scientific history, breakthroughs, and common misconceptions. The troupe is comprised of Chicago’s most outgoing scientists from UChicago, UIC, IIT, Fermi Lab, Argonne and elsewhere.  Each performance features a “Special Guest” from the scientific community.  This month, on February 14th, “The Excited State” welcomes Elbert Huang MD, MPH! More on the event can be found on Facebook, and tickets are available here.

The Revival

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CCDTR Request for Applications: Pilot & Feasibility Grants Program

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We are announcing the request for applications for the 2018-2019 Pilot & Feasibility Grants Program of the NIH/NIDDK-sponsored Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research (CCDTR) at the University of Chicago.

The application deadline will be April 1, 2019, 5pm Central Time. Please see the attached announcement and a PDF of the PHS 398 form for information regarding required sections for submission.  To learn more about the program, and to view past grantees, please visit our Pilot and Feasibility Grants Program page.

On behalf of the entire CCDTR research team, thank you for your support and interest!

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CCDTR Investigator Attends AMA Thematic Consortium Meeting

Dr. Arshiya Baig, Associate Director of the CCDTR and community-based health services researcher, and Mark Chee, current Pritzker student, attended an American Medical Association (AMA) Thematic Consortium on Community Medical Education hosted by the AMA and Florida International University to learn about innovative ways to involve students in community engaged learning during their undergraduate medical education.

Mark Chee and Dr. Arshiya Baig with Dr. Pedro Jose Greer (Chair, Department of Humanities, Health and Society; Associate Dean of College of Medicine community Engagement; and Professor) and Dr. Luther Brewster (Chief of Policy and College of Medicine Community Development; and Associate Professor), two keynote speakers.

Mark Chee and Dr. Arshiya Baig with Dr. Pedro Jose Greer (Chair, Department of Humanities, Health and Society; Associate Dean of College of Medicine community Engagement; and Professor) and Dr. Luther Brewster (Chief of Policy and College of Medicine Community Development; and Associate Professor), two keynote speakers.

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Director Marshall Chin, MD, MPH, featured in Forefront Editorial


CCDTR Director and Richard Parrillo Family Professor of Healthcare Ethics at the University of Chicago Medicine Marshall Chin, MD, MPH is working to ensure equity across all areas of the healthcare system, including data analysis. He has worked for three decades to examine and develop solutions addressing health disparities. Chin recently teamed up with a group of data scientists from Google to write an article in the Annals of Internal Medicine that discusses how health care providers can make these powerful new algorithms fairer and more equitable. He was interviewed by Forefront about the use of machine learning in health care, and how doctors and patients can build fairness into every step of the decision-making process. 

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Office of Health Policy Resources and Recent Publications

The Office of Health Policy is located in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and is designed to help inform policy that improves the health of America’s children, families, individuals, and communities.

The Office of Health Policy conducts policy research on health care financing, health care access and coverage, public health, and health care quality and outcomes.  They work on programs and issues across the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), including Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, the Exchanges, HRSA safety net programs, and the Indian Health Service.

By clicking on this link, one can find summaries and links to various reports the office has recently published on a range of topics including prescription drug spending, Hepatitis C screening in the Indian Health Service, premium and plan choice in the Exchanges facilitated by, social determinants of health, and accomplishments achieved from a portion of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research funding that ASPE manages on behalf of the Office of the Secretary.  The office undertakes research on a wide variety of topics, in addition to these.

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Endocrine and Metabolic Disease Technical Symposium


When: Thursday November 29, 2-5PM

Where: 5175 COMRB 909 S. Wolcott Ave

Join CACHET’s Endocrine and Metabolic Disease Focus Group for a Technical Symposium featuring speakers from UChicago, Argonne National Laboratory, and Illinois Institute of Technology.  All are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to Amanda ( if you plan to attend.


Monica Peek, MD, MPH (UChicago)
“Leveraging the Chicago Center for Diabetes Translational Research for Environmental Health Research”

Honggang Ye, PhD (UChicago)

“Resources in the Chicagoland Diabetes Research and Training Center to Support Environmental Health Research”

Jonathan Ozik, PhD (Argonne National Laboratory)

“Employing Simulated Populations to Study Environmental Health”

Gokhan Dalgin, PhD (UChicago)

“Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells for the Study of Environmental Health”

Abhinav Bhushan, PhD (IIT)

“Metabolic tissue-chips: Techniques to Study Environmental Toxicology and Metabolic Diseases”


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