Behavioral Health and Diabetes Care in Community Health Centers

Patients who receive care at community health centers suffer disproportionately from diabetes and mental health disorders. To date, little research has examined how patients with comorbid diabetes and behavioral health problems are cared for in community health centers.

In collaboration with Midwest Clinicians’ Network, we are surveying behavioral health leaders and primary care providers at 130 community health centers in 10 states across the Midwest. Our goals are to:

  1. Understand primary care providers’ attitudes, knowledge, and behaviors regarding behavioral health care for patients with diabetes.
  2. Understand current practices and services for patients with comorbid diabetes and behavioral health problems.
  3. Identify provider- and clinic-level barriers to caring for patients with comorbid diabetes and behavioral health problems.

Principal Investigator: Neda Laiteerapong, MD, MS
Research Team:
Erin Staab, MPH
Michael Quinn, PhD
Cynthia Shaefer, PhD, RN
Stacey Gedeon, PsyD
Amanda Campbell
Deborah L. Burnet, MD, MA
Marshall H. Chin, MD, MPH

Funding Sources:
NIDDK P30 DK092949 Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research.
NIH CTSA UL1 TR000430 UChicago Center for Research Informatics REDCap project