Type 1 
Diabetes Lounge Sponsored by Kovler

On April 28, more than 65 guests and 10 vendors attended the Type 1 
Diabetes Lounge educational luncheon on “Type 1 Diabetes: Innovation in Care and Research” at the Glenview Golf Club. This event is a first of its kind in the North Shore of Chicago targeting adults living with Type 1 diabetes and providing critical education and support on managing diabetes throughout the lifespan.

This event was very well received by the vendors and attendees alike.  Many commented how there is not education like this in the North Shore that specifically targets Type 1 diabetes. Additionally, the intimate setting to hear Amy and Lou speak was a main draw. Kovler Diabetes Center sponsored the event, which included a vendor showcase and presentations by Kovler team members, Lou Philipson, MD, PhD, and Amy
 Hess-Fischl, MS, RD, LDN, BC-ADM, CDE.  Dr. Philipson presented the “Frontiers in Diabetes Research”, and Amy spoke to attendees on diabetes management as well as providing the seminar “Beyond Carb Counting: Advanced Tips & Tools.”

Many attendees were parents of
 teens/adults living with diabetes, as well as many adults with type 1
 diabetes.  Someone drove all the way from Peoria, IL!

The North Shore is a critical outreach area for Kovler (for patient referrals as well as fundraising) and this event was an effective outreach to key stakeholders.  Vendors were thoroughly impressed by attendees including Eli LillyDexComRocheMedtronicBayer, to name a few.

“Kovler Diabetes Center is proud to participate in educational events like this,” said Peggy Hasenauer, MS, RN, Executive Director of Kovler Diabetes Center. “By partnering with a longstanding organization like Type 1 Diabetes Lounge, we are able to provide a broader understanding of current diabetes research and advances, while also providing practical and easy tips that attendees can apply in their everyday lives.”

You can find more pictures from the event on our Facebook page!


Diabetes Initiative Inspires Physicians and Community Leaders

Dr. Arshiya Baig of the University of Chicago Medical Center

Dr. Arshiya Baig

A University of Chicago Medicine physician is taking special steps to help the Latino population in Chicago fight back against diabetes. Little Village is a predominantly Mexican-American neighborhood in Chicago that has a diabetes-related mortality rate higher than the national average and the average in Chicago. Arshiya Baig, MD, General Internist and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago Department of Medicine, has established a unique program to involve local churches in educating Latino Americans about diabetes.

“Since the church has an important role in many Latino cultures and families, working with churches to address diabetes is one method of tailoring diabetes programs to this community,” Dr. Baig said.

Picture Good HealthWith community members and two partner churches — St. Agnes of Bohemia and Our Lady of Tepeyac — she launched Picture Good Health/Imagínate una Buena Salud, a bilingual, eight-week educational program. The curriculum uses an innovative technique called “photovoice” where participants receive disposable digital cameras to document their lives with diabetes. These photos are then used to guide classes in problem solving.

Participants also have access to exercise groups within the churches. The program also includes a patient navigator service that assists participants in finding a local primary care physician.

“We motivate our participants to live a healthy lifestyle and provide them with tools to do that in a fun, creative, and supportive atmosphere,” Dr. Baig said.

Louis H. Philipson , MD, PhD, Director of the Kovler Diabetes Center was a mentor to Dr. Baig. He noted that her work reaches a population that sometimes faces obstacles in receiving health care.

“Dr. Baig is doing important work to better understand the impact of diabetes in the community and to help devise ways to improve the lives of people with limited access,” he said.

In reality, much of diabetes care and management happens outside of the clinic, Dr. Baig noted. Additionally, an important aspect of the Latino culture is its emphasis on family and community. With this program, the participants can invite family members for a graduation party on the last day of class.

Kovler Diabetes Center and Picture Good Health Program

Participants in the "Picture Good Health" program

“The family gets to celebrate the participant’s achievements and see how much they have learned,” she said. Monica Peek, MD, General Internist and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago Medicine, said the project holds great promise.

“Dr. Baig’s work uses innovative, culturally-tailored approaches to address a much-needed health issue in the Mexican-American community,” Peek said. “We’re excited about her work and its ability to improve the lives of people with diabetes here in Chicago, as well as serve as a model for others throughout the country.”

The program is currently being piloted at the two partner churches to assess its impact on diabetes control. “It gives me great pride to know that my colleagues and I are working with the Hispanic community, specifically within Chicago, to improve diabetes management and awareness,” Dr. Baig said.

This article appeared in the latest edition of Kovler Connection.  For more information on Picture Good Health, please contact the study team at 773-702-0770 or read these earlier blog posts about this program.