Dr. Arshiya Baig has been selected as the 2015 Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) Midwest Award winner for Advocacy and Community Service. Dr. Baig has worked on community-based participatory research projects to improve healthcare delivery to low-income, uninsured minority communities in partnership with faith-based organizations in Los Angeles and Chicago. Her main research interest is in the use of faith-based interventions to mitigate Latino diabetes disparities. She has collaborated with churches and community groups in South Lawndale, Chicago, to test a church-based diabetes self-management program on diabetes control and management among Latinos. She has also led a survey of health centers in the Midwest assessing the services provided to Latino patients and provider knowledge of Latino culture.
Dr. Baig was selected from among many outstanding nominees by the SGIM Midwest Awards Selection Committee. She accepted the award at the annual Midwest SGIM regional meeting in Cleveland, OH.
April 29, 2015 – Findings from CCDTR investigator Dr. Arshiya Baig’s Picture Good Health study were just published online by the Journal of General Internal Medicine. The Picture Good Health program is a church-based diabetes education program for Latinos with diabetes which was tested in a randomized controlled pilot study in collaboration with the Little Village Community Advisory Board. Although the pilot study did not demonstrate improvements in A1c in the intervention group as compared to the enhanced usual care group during the six-month follow-up period, the program did lead to changes in decreased high fat food consumption and increased participation in exercise among the low-income Latino adults with diabetes who were assigned to the intervention group.
Click here to access the JGIM article published online on Springer Link’s website.
Click here to read the University of Chicago Medicine’s press release about the findings.
Click here to read the University of Chicago Medicine Science Life blog about the findings.
Click here to read an article in Medscape‘s Medical News Section about the findings.
February 16, 2015 – CCDTR investigator Dr. Arshiya Baig was recently featured in a post for the Huffington Post’s Religion blog. Aamir Hussain, the author of the post, interviewed Dr. Baig about research findings involving her church-based diabetes education program, Picture Good Health. Click here to read the post.
November 3, 2014 – The Community Benefit Report for University of Chicago Medicine’s 2013 fiscal year was just released. CCDTR investigator Dr. Arshiya Baig and her Picture Good Health / Imagínate Una Buena Salud program were highlighted on pages six and seven of the report. The Picture Good Health program provides church-based diabetes education to Latinos with diabetes in the South Lawndale / Little Village neighborhood of Chicago.
CCDTR investigators Drs. Monica Peek and Marshall Chin and their South Side Diabetes Project were also highlighted on page six of the report. The South Side Diabetes Project provides diabetes education to African Americans in the south side of Chicago.
The report includes comments from Dr. Baig, who serves as principal investigator of the Picture Good Health study, and from former project manager Nora Geary of the South Side Diabetes project.
Click here to read the 2013 Community Benefit Report.
October 15, 2014 – Yesterday, Health & Medicine Policy Research Group held their fifth awards celebration to honor individuals and organizations whose work exemplifies their mission to promote social justice and challenge inequities in health and health care. Picture Good Health Class Leader Samuel Villasenor won the Emerging Leader award after being nominated by CCDTR Investigator Arshiya Baig for his exceptional leadership as part of the Picture Good Health church-based diabetes education program in the Little Village community. Congratulations Samuel on this outstanding achievement!
Click here for more information about the HMPRG Awards.
September 17, 2014 – WBEZ’s Shannon Heffernan reported on Latino health in Chicago. She highlights our Picture Good Health church-based diabetes education program. Click here to hear the piece that aired. The segment about our program starts at 1:34 and goes through 2:20.
Friday, February 7, 2014 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
2014 Health Disparities and Social Justice Conference
The Picture Good Health Team will join Taller de José, their partnering social service agency in Little Village, in leading a workshop at the 2014 Health Disparities and Social Justice Conference. The focus of the conference this year is Latino health. Taller de José will be presenting their model of accompaniment and will describe how it is similar to but potentially a more holistic approach than the patient navigator model to reducing health disparities. Amanda Benitez, project manager of Dr. Arshiya Baig’s Picture Good Health program and the Local Patients, Local Stories provider training program, will discuss our Center’s partnership with Taller de José in addressing diabetes disparities among Latinos in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago through these two programs.
8th Floor Conference Center
1 E. Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60604
To register for the conference, go to the DePaul 2014 HDSJ Conference webpage and click where it says “Please register here!”
December 2013 – University of Chicago blog Science Life published an article about the town hall meeting Dr. Arshiya Baig and her community partners held in Little Village in early November to discuss the main findings from her pilot project Picture Good Health.
Click here to read more about the town hall meeting that took place.
Click here to read the Science Life post entitled “A Commitment to Fight Diabetes in Little Village”.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Please join Dr. Arshiya Baig and the Little Village Community Advisory Board on Tuesday, November 5th for a Town Hall Meeting about the Picture Good Health church-based diabetes program. The Picture Good Health program was pilot-tested by the Little Village Community Advisory Board and the University of Chicago Department of Medicine during 2011-2013. At the town hall meeting, a panel of people involved in the study will share their perspectives about the program, results of the research study will be presented, and there will be an opportunity for the community to discuss what should come next.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
St. Agnes of Bohemia Parish – Bishop Manz Hall
2658 S. Central Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60623
Meeting is from 6:30-7:30pm
Come early or stay late to get information from local collaborators and
to get your blood pressure screened for free!
Light refreshments will be served.
For more information and to RSVP, please contact Amanda Benitez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meeting hosted by the Little Village Community Advisory Board and the University of Chicago, with generous support from Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, the Cook County 7th District Health Task Force, and Walgreens Pharmacy.
Click here to download the flyer in English and Spanish.
April 2013 – At the SGIM national meeting this month, Dr. Neda Laiteerapong will give a presentation on her Health Center Value study entitled “Health Centers Care for a Sicker Population With Fewer Clinic Visits and Fewer Hospitalizations.”
Dr. Arshiya Baig will also be presenting about the main findings from her pilot study Picture Good Health: A Church-Based, Self-Management Intervention for Mexican-Americans with Diabetes.
To read more about the event, click here.