Improving Diabetes Care and Outcomes on the South Side of Chicago aims to:
- Reduce widely documented disparities in diabetes,
- Increase awareness of diabetes issues, and
- Empower the South Side community to use its knowledge, collaborators and resources to combat this disease.
The project is an exciting, multifaceted approach to address diabetes disparities regionally.
Read the overview of our project and then explore our site for more details about each component of our work.
We collaborate with six clinics on the South Side of Chicago, who are working hard to improve diabetes care and outcomes for their patients.
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This is a research project
Because we want to understand what works?and what doesn?t? to improve diabetes care and health outcomes, this is a research project. We?re not testing any new medicines, but we are evaluating new ways to help people with diabetes live healthy lives. Our research measures how much we are improving and evaluates why that might be. For example, we survey patients in our classes to find out if they?re feeling better (e.g. feel more confident taking care of their diabetes), and monitor blood pressure and diabetes control to see if they have improved. All the work involved in Improving Diabetes Care and Outcomes on the South Side of Chicago is approved by the University of Chicago Institutional Review Board (IRB), the group responsible for ensuring that all research is safe for the people involved.