Research

Deb presenting posterCCDTR investigators maintain an active and diverse program of research.  Our work is characterized by innovative methods and research questions, extensive collaboration with community and academic partners, and a commitment to improving the health of vulnerable populations.

CCDTR research falls under six broad areas (click on a research area to learn more):

Childhood Obesity and Diabetes

Childhood obesity has risen significantly in recent decades, increasing the health risks for youth and young adults. CCDTR investigators are studying ways to reduce obesity and prevent type 2 diabetes in youth. We have implemented and evaluated community-based, family-oriented interventions in partnership with schools, community health centers and other community-based organizations in and around the South Side of Chicago. Learn more

Community Health Centers and the Safety Net

By providing care for individuals at free or reduced-free rates, safety net primary care providers are critically important to ensuring the availability and quality of health care for those in need. Federally-funded community health centers comprise a significant component of the safety net, caring for over 20 million Americans each year. CCDTR investigators have performed key clinical, economic, and organizational studies examining community health centers. In particular, CCDTR investigators led a major evaluation of the effect of the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Health Disparities Collaborative effort (rapid quality improvement, Chronic Care Model, and regional/national learning sessions) on diabetes care and outcomes in health centers across the country. Community health center and safety net research continues to be a core area of study for the center. Learn more

Diabetes Decision Making

The University of Chicago community possesses unique strengths in decision analysis, cost effectiveness analysis, and shared decision-making and the CCDTR brings those areas of expertise to bear on diabetes translation research. Learn more

Geriatric Diabetes

One of the greatly understudied areas in diabetes translational research is determining how to care for older people with diabetes. Despite the fact that 40% of people with type 2 diabetes are 65 years of age or older, little research has been devoted to identifying how to ideally account for the heterogeneity of this population when developing diabetes care plans. The CCDTR is a leading national center for the study of geriatric diabetes. Learn more

Health Disparities and Minority Populations

Disparities reduction is a passion of virtually all CCDTR investigators, staff, and partners. Much of our work addresses disparities using the community-based participatory research (CBPR) model, in which academia and community are equal partners in all aspects of the research process. Our personnel bring a rich variety of experience implementing and evaluating community-based interventions. This page highlights some of the key ongoing initiatives and projects that facilitate the work of diabetes translation researchers seeking to reduce disparities in Chicago as well as regionally and nationally. Learn more

Health Policy

Health policy plays an important role in our mission of improving the lives of people with diabetes through research. We think of policy broadly, in terms of formal governmental structures and processes, as well as the activities of the private sector that influence how health care is accessed and delivered. Several CCDTR projects aim to inform health care policy: Learn more