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.

Drs. Marshall Chin’s and Monica Peek’s National Minority Health Month Blog Posts

As a part of National Minority Health Month, Dr. Marshall Chin and Dr. Monica Peek have contributed to two blogs: the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) Human Capital Blog and Health Affairs Blog.

RWJF Human Capital Blog
In her post, Monica discusses the South Side Diabetes Project in response to the question: What are the challenges, needs, or opportunities for health systems to effectively serve minority communities?

Click here to read Dr. Peek’s post.
Click here to read more posts from RWJF’s Human Capital Blog.

Health Affairs Blog
In Dr. Chin’s post, he highlights examples for increasing the quality of health care and reducing disparities with the roll out of the Affordable Care Act.

Click here to read Dr. Chin’s post.
Click here to read more posts from Health Affairs Blog.

Community Health Focus Hour, Doctor on Call


Dr. Monica Peek hosted Doctor on Call, a Community Health Focus Hour, on WVON 1690AM. The three part series discussed concerns effecting the Chicago South Side community, especially related to diabetes. See below for links to all three episodes, including websites and contact information for all the guests.

Episode 1 – A “Peek” on Diabetes.
Diabetes Empowerment and Health Resources on the South Side of Chicago.
Episode 2 – Let’s Spread the Love.
Heart Disease and Diabetes Prevention and Management in the African American Community.
Episode 3 – If You Eat “Wise”, You Can Lose a Size.
Health, Nutrition, and Cooking Tips and Resources on the South Side of Chicago.

You can also subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or follow us on SoundCloud to stay up to date with new shows from April, May, and June.

Health Disparities and the Affordable Care Act 


Dr. Marshall Chin is wrapping up a national radio tour with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Finding Answers Program. The tour, which ran January through March, was entitled “How Can We Make Sure That Disparities in Health Care Improve Under the Affordable Care Act?” Dr. Chin discussed the Finding Answers Program in addition to the South Side Diabetes Project.

Click here to see a full list of appearances.
Read a short article from CBS 3 in Philadelphia.
Listen to Dr. Chin’s appearance on The Craig Fahle Show on WDET Detroit.

How Text Messages Can Help Patients with Diabetes


Project Affiliate and Investigator Shantanu Nundy’s text messaging study was recently featured by Health Affairs. The study’s focus on connected healthcare through text messaging demonstrates an exciting opportunity for physicians to keep connected with patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes. The findings show that text messaging is a helpful tool for empowering patients in their diabetes self-management.

Click here to see the full article.
Listen to Shantanu’s Interview on WTOP.
Watch the webcast of Shantanu’s Health Affairs presentation. (Begins at 216:20)

Improving Diabetes Care and Outcomes on the South Side of Chicago is teaming up with Walgreens and Experimental Station to launch “Food Rx.” This initiative will help people with diabetes improve their eating habits by overcoming two major hurdles when shopping for food: access and affordability. For more information about our Food Rx program, click here.

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