Seeking solutions near and far to reduce health disparities

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August 22, 2018- Center Director Marshall Chin, MD, MPH, and Associate Director Monica Peek, MD, MPH, have been featured on The Forefront for their work at Bridging the Gap: Reducing Disparities in Diabetes Care, as well as Dr. Chin’s work with the Finding Answers initiative. The Forefront is the science, health and wellness news website for the University of Chicago Medicine, the Division of Biological Sciences, and the Pritzker School of Medicine.

To learn more about Dr. Chin and Dr. Peek’s work, click here.

A Power Up! Program UPDATE

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The Power Up! Nutrition and Physical Activity Program is still here…and this program is still impacting children, families and the community through partnerships slated to eliminate childhood obesity while fostering the importance of nutrition education and food preferences.

Along with UChicago Medicine’s ITM stakeholders, the Power Up! Program will again collaborate with the Pilot Light Chefs Organization to develop an interactive and innovative method of community engagement.  Using video technology and themed-health knowledge, these respective teams plan to showcase how impactful choices and behaviors of student food eaters can be.  Partner schools, including teachers and students of Hyde Park’s Ray Elementary and Englewood’s The Montessori School of Englewood will help showcase their Pilot Light food lessons through short videos of chef demonstrations and/or webinar-style presentations to influence what a healthy lifestyle is. Chicago Public School’s After School Matters Program will also play a part in this collaborative as the student health ambassadors who will film the short segment lessons. Team Social Psychologist Dr. Mike Quinn says, “This is an exciting full partnership.”  Look out for this project in late fall, early winter.  For more questions, contact (773) 753-9941.

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 email: amsteenes@uchicago.edu.

If you would like more information about Pilot Light Chefs Organization, please visit www.pilotlightchefs.org.

For more information on childhood obesity prevention, visit: https://www.eatright.org/health/weight-loss/overweight-and-obesity/preventing-childhood-obesity-healthy-eating-tips-for-kids

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Associate Director Arshiya Baig, MD, MPH on Implementing Diabetes Group Visits and Text Messaging in Community Health Centers

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July 25, 2018- Associate Director Arshiya Baig, MD, MPH was recently interviewed for 2 blog posts by the National Diabetes Education Program highlighting her work in community health centers.

In the first blog post, “Implementing Diabetes Group Visits in Community Health Centers”, Dr. Baig discusses her work on diabetes group visits in community health centers and shares insight into the role that community health centers can play in providing diabetes care in medically underserved areas.

In the second blog post, “Text Messaging for Diabetes Care”, Dr. Baig shares ways that text messaging can enhance diabetes self-management and care from her experience using a text messaging program in a community health center.

Associate Director Monica Peek, MD, MPH, MSc honored with the 2018 Schweitzer Leadership Award

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July 05, 2018- Associate Director Monica Peek, MD, MPH, MSc will be honored with the 2018 Schweitzer Leadership Award on Thursday, July 26, 2018.

The Schweitzer Leadership Award honors an individual who has done significant work to mitigate the social determinants of health in their community, and whose commitment to service has influenced and inspired others.

For more information about the award and ceremony, click here.

 

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CCDTR Investigators publish JAMA clinical guideline synopsis of controversial glycemic control guideline statement

June 21, 2018- CCDTR Core Investigators Andrew Davis, MD, MPH, Elizabeth Tung, MD, MS, and Neda Laiteerapong, MD, MS have published a JAMA clinical guideline synopsis of the American College of Physicians’ controversial 2018 guidance statement on hemoglobin A1c goals in nonpregnant adults with type 2 diabetes. The article is entitled “Glycemic Control in Nonpregnant Adults with Type 2 Diabetes” and provides recommendations in response to the new guideline statement. In addition to their article, Dr. Tung and Dr. Laiteerapong are featured in a video discussing this same topic.

 

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CCDTR Investigators present at 13th Annual Chicago Diabetes Day

May 16, 2018- The 13th Annual Chicago Diabetes Day took place this past Saturday, May 12th 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.

Various CCDTR investigators gave talks throughout the day:
Jill A. Weissberg-Benchell, PhD – Psychosocial Aspects of Closed Loop Systems for the Treatment of Diabetes
Namratha Kandula, MD, MPH – Diabetes in South Asians, the MASALA Study
Neda Laiteerapong, MD, MS – Economics of Personalizing Diabetes Care in the Era of New Medications

CCDTR staff member Parmida Zarei, BS won an award for her poster entitled, “Physician Feedback on the Quality of Diabetes Care: A Common Strategy with Moderate Impact.” Laura Dickens, mentored by Rochelle Naylor, MD, was also a poster award recipient.

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Associate Director Elbert Huang, MD, MPH appointed member of Midwest Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council

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May 01, 2018- Associate Director Elbert Huang, MD, MPH has been appointed a member of the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review‘s (ICER) Midwest Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council.

He joins a group of regionally-based experts who support ICER’s work by voting on the evidence regarding the comparative clinical effectiveness and value of health interventions.

To learn more, click here.

CCDTR Researchers Present Diabetes Disparities Symposium at Endo 2018 Meeting

IMG_8547March 20, 2018- CCDTR researchers Deborah Burnet, MD, MAPP, Monica Peek, MD, MPH, Arshiya Baig, MD, MPH, and Marshall Chin, MD, MPH, (pictured left to right with Kirsta Suggs, Assoc. Director of Professional Development, Endocrine Society, and Sherri-Ann Burnett-Bowie, MD, MPH, Chair, Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, Endocrine Society) presented a panel “Diabetes Translational Research: Towards Eliminating Health Disparities in T2DM Symposium” at the Endo 2018 Annual Meeting of the Endocrine Society in Chicago, Illinois, on March 17, 2018.  The presentations covered stories of each investigator’s diabetes research along with career tips (early career issues and disparity research methodologies (Dr. Peek); community-based participatory research (Dr. Baig); practical research strategies (Dr. Burnet); lessons from funders and end users of research (Dr. Chin)).

Scott Cook, PhD receives 2018 University of Chicago Diversity Leadership Award

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January 17, 2018- Scott Cook, PhD has been named a recipient of the University of Chicago’s 2018 Diversity Leadership Award for his commitment to improving health care disparities for underserved populations.

Dr. Cook currently serves as the deputy director for Finding Answers: Disparities Research for Change, a national program that aims to reduce health care disparities through intervention evaluations and dissemination of systematic reviews and best practices.

Dr. Cook was honored at the University’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Celebration on January 16, 2018.

To learn more, click here.

Marshall Chin, MD, MPH & Monica Peek, MD, MPH to co-direct program aimed at reducing disparities in diabetes care

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December 13, 2017- Center Director Marshall Chin, MD, MPH & Associate Director Monica Peek, MD, MPH have been selected to co-direct the National Program Office for the “Bridging the Gap: Reducing Disparities in Diabetes Care” initiative. The program aims to improve access to diabetes care in underserved U.S. communities.

To learn more about the University of Chicago’s role in the initiative, click here.