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Photographs from Cinco de Mayo Celebration at International House

The University of Chicago Medicine International Programs and International House hosted a Cinco de Mayo celebration on May 6 at the International House Assembly Hall. Dr. Arshiya A. Baig, Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago Department of Medicine and CCDTR Core Investigator, spoke about healthcare initiatives in LATAM and among the Latino population.

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Photovoice Photography Exhibit

The “Through Your Lens/ A Través de Su Lente” exhibit displayed photographs taken by Latinx community members in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago and celebrated the journey of people living with diabetes in the community, on May 11th, 2019 at the OPEN Center for the Arts in Little Village.

This event was generously sponsored by the University of Chicago (UC) Office of Civic Engagement, UC Biological Sciences Division Office of Diversity and Inclusion, UC Section of General Internal Medicine, UC Urban Health Initiative, UC Pritzker School of Medicine Latino Medical Students Association, and Taller de Jose.

The event was also covered by the Pritzker School of Medicine.

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Using Photovoice to Promote Diabetes Self-Management in Latino Patients

Designing church-based programs to improve diabetes care among Mexican-Americans has the potential to have a broad impact and to decrease the health disparities. Dr. Arshiya Baig and her research team have led a project that is based in South Lawndale/Little Village, a Mexican-American neighborhood of Chicago. Little Village is a predominantly Mexican-American community that has a diabetes-related mortality rate higher than the national average and higher than the average across Chicago. Since the church has an important role in many Latino cultures and families, working with churches to address diabetes is one method of tailoring diabetes programs to this community. Many church-based programs have shown promise in improving health outcomes among minority communities, but data on church-based programs for Latino populations are scarce.

Picture Good Health is a bilingual church-based diabetes program. The program has eight weekly educational sessions that are held at one of the partner churches. The curriculum uses an innovative technique called “photovoice” where participants receive disposable digital cameras to document their lives with diabetes. These photos are then used in the class to guide a discussion on problem solving and provide training in self-empowerment.

Dr. Baig’s paper, ‘Using Photovoice to Promote Diabetes Self-Management in Latino Patients’, has been accepted for publication in Translational Behavioral Medicine. Photographs from the Photovoice project can be found here.

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

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.

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)).

Associate Director Arshiya Baig, MD, MPH awarded grant from the Office of Minority Health

July 26, 2017- Dr. Arshiya Baig has been awarded a grant from the Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the US Department of Health and Human Services for their “Partnerships to Achieve Health Equity” grant program for her study titled “Implementing Diabetes Group Visits in Midwestern Community Health Centers to Improve Diabetes Outcomes.” For the awarded study, she will be working in partnership with the Midwest Clinician’s Network, a member agency of over 120 health centers across 10 states, to implement a diabetes group visit and mobile text messaging intervention in 20 clinical sites. The project will impact low-income patients from racial ethnic minority groups who are in rural and urban areas.

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Dr. Arshiya Baig discusses “outside the box” diabetes interventions

At the American Diabetes Association’s 77th Scientific Sessions held June 9-13, 2017, in San Diego, CCDTR’s Arshiya Baig moderated a session called “Thinking and Working Outside the Box—Prevention and Intervention Approaches.” Medscape interviewed Dr. Baig about some of the studies presented during this session, including a mobile gaming app designed to improve health behaviors for overweight or obese adults and an occupational therapy intervention to improve quality of life and glycemic control among young adults with diabetes.

CCDTR Investigators Present at the Annual SGIM Meeting

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.

CCDTR researchers report disparities in diabetes screening for Asian Americans

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.