Improving Diabetes Care and Outcomes on the South Side of Chicago
We aim to reduce widely documented disparities in diabetes, to increase awareness of diabetes issues, and to empower the South Side community to use its knowledge, partners and resources to combat this disease.
Announcing the 6th Annual Diabetes Cook Off
In observance of National Diabetes Month, The Improving Diabetes Care and Outcomes on the South Side of Chicago (aka the South Side Diabetes Project) announces its 6th Annual Diabetes Cook Off Contest, taking place on Saturday November 18, 2017 at the Washburne Culinary Institute located at 740 West 63rd St, Building U, on the South Side of Chicago!
The Cook Off is an opportunity for ordinary cooks to compete and share their best diabetes-friendly, healthy recipe and to demonstrate that healthy, diabetes-friendly food can be delicious, affordable, and enjoyed by the entire family. Recipes in four categories, side dish, entrée, dessert, and snack, will be judged for a grand prize of $1,000 cash and many other great prizes!
Dr. Monica Peek Elected as SGIM Council Member
Friday April 21, 2017 – The Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) has announced that Dr. Monica Peek has been elected as a Council Member-at-Large at the 2017 Annual Meeting. Congratulations to Dr. Peek for your outstanding leadership in internal medicine!
Examining Issues of the American Health Care Act
Dr. Marshall Chin recently authored two pieces examining issues with the American Health Care Act (AHCA). For KevinMD.com, he expressed concerned regarding the AHCA and why he and organizations like SGIM oppose it:
“One reason so many clinicians and organizations such as SGIM oppose the AHCA is that we see the effect of poor access to quality health care on real people. In fact, seeing this pain and hardship, clinicians ultimately do whatever they can to care for these patients under less than ideal circumstances. We have no choice when we see people suffering. It is a moral imperative for us, as it should be for our society.”
And Dr. Chin answered questions regarding the costs of health care under the AHCA on Wallethub.com:
“The biggest problem with the AHCA is that it would hurt a lot of people, including people age 50-64, many working class individuals, the poor, rural residents, and people with chronic illnesses.”
Check out the 2015 Diabetes Cook Off Video!
Drs. Marshall Chin and Monica Peek Joint Commentary with Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Bechara Choucair
Photo Credit: Tamara Barnes, imatpixx.com
Drs. Marshall Chin and Monica Peek wrote a joint commentary with Commissioner Bechara Choucair, published in the Huffington Post Blog, on the collaborations between the Chicago Department of Public Health and University of Chicago. Read more about these efforts, such as identifying community “hotspots” of preventable diabetes-related hospitalizations with the CCDTR; and community engagement and collaborations through Food RX and grocery store tours with Walgreens, Save-a-Lot, and the 61st Street Farmer’s Market.
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Learn more about the Food RX program
Learn more about our community collaborations.
Learn more about our grocery store tours.
Oluseyi Fayanju Receives an Honorable Mention at the 2014 Summer Research Forum
August 2014 – Oluseyi Fayanju and the South Side Diabetes Team received a Honorable Mention at the Pritzker School of Medicine’s Summer Research Program Awards Ceremony. Oluseyi joined the South Side Team this summer as a part of the Summer Research Program, mentored by Drs. Marshall Chin and Monica Peek.
His project was titled, “Variation in Perceptions of Diabetes Quality Improvement Among Clinic Staff: A Case Study of Six Chicago Clinic,” authored by Oluseyi Fayanju, Yue Gao, Robert Nocon, Nora Geary, Daniel Rowell, Marshall H. Chin, MD, MPH, and Monica E. Peek, MD, MPH.
S.T.A.R.S. on the South Side of Chicago Recognition Award – Joshua Pickens
August 2014 – Joshua Pickens is an Empowered Patient on the South Side of Chicago and the project’s Star for Summer 2014. Mr. Pickens is a graduate of the Diabetes Empowerment Program, a trained peer-to-peer nutritional tour guide, and a dedicated supporter of the South Side Diabetes Project!
Click here to read more about Mr. Picken’s Award
Click here to read more about the Diabetes Empowerment Program
S.T.A.R.S, Supporting, Training, And Recognizing Success, are Community Members, Empowered Patients, and Patient Advocates that we spotlight quarterly for outstanding commitment to the South Side Diabetes Project. The S.T.A.R.S. are bright examples of the ways we can empower and improve our communities.
July Twitter Chat with Finding Answers – American Diabetes Association
The Improving Diabetes Team participated in July’s #EquityChat, a monthly twitter chat hosted by Finding Answers. American Diabetes Association joined July’s chat to discuss diabetes disparities, health equity research, and diabetes care management.
Dr. Marshall Chin on MPR News and WREG Memphis
Following his national radio tour earlier in 2014, Dr. Marshall Chin has made two recent appearances in the media to discuss health disparities and the community & research organizations working to change them.
MPR News – The Daily Circuit
Dr. Chin was a guest on Minnesota Public Radio’s (MPR News) The Daily Circuit for a discussion on the current state of healthcare disparities hosted by Kerri Miller.
WREG Memphis – News at Nine
While in town to deliver a keynote speech at the Healthy Memphis Common Table Annual Meeting, Dr. Chin stopped by WREG News at 9 for an interview on minority health and the South Side Diabetes Project.
Texting Study Featured in Alliance to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes Newsletter
The project’s text messaging study was recently highlighted in the Alliance to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes Newsletter. The innovative program used automated text messages to help patients with diabetes care management.