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 3rd Annual Diabetes Cook Off!
Saturday, November 15, 2014



In observance of National Diabetes Month, The Improving Diabetes Care and Outcomes on the South Side of Chicago announces its 3rd Annual Diabetes Cook Off Contest on November 15, 2014 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 recipes and demonstrate that healthy, diabetes-friendly food can be deliciousand affordable. Recipes in four categories, side dish, entrée, dessert, and snack, will be judged for a grand prize of $500 cash and many other great prizes!

Click here to learn more and submit a recipe!

Oluseyi Fayanju Receives an Honorable Mention at the 2014 Summer Research Forum

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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


Mr. Pickens STARS

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.

Click here to read the complete transcript from July’s Equity Chat.
Click here to read more about Finding Answer’s Equity Chats.

Dr. Marshall Chin on MPR News and WREG Memphis

SSD12cropFollowing 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.

Click here to listen to the full interview.

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.

Click here to see the video of his appearance.

Texting Study Featured in Alliance to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes Newsletter


Peek Texting Study

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.

Click here to see the newsletter.
Click here to read the full article in Health Affairs.