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Evaluating the impact of a community diabetes coalition on systems change targeting minorities with diabetes in Chicago

Lee Losey, MPH1, Aida L. Giachello, PhD2, Dinah Ramirez, RN3, Neil Bosanko, BA4, Olivia Hernandez5, and Catalina M. Ramos, MD2. (1) Midwest Latino Health Research Center, University of Illinois, 1640 West Rosevelt Road, Suite 636, Chicago, IL 60608, 312-355-4751, llosey1@uic.edu, (2) Midwest Latino Health Research, Training and Policy Center, University of Illinois at Chicago, Midwest Latino health Res. Ctr, 1640 W. Roosevelt Rd. #636, Chicago, IL 60608, (3) Healthy South Chicago, 91st & Houston, Chicago, IL 60617, (4) South Chicago Chamber of Commerce, 2938 E. 91st St., Chicago, IL 60617, (5) Centro Juan Diego, 8812 S. Commercial Ave., Chicago, IL 60617

Objective: To evaluate the impact of the Chicago Southeast Diabetes Community Action Coalition (CSDCAC), a CDC REACH 2010 initiative, on systems change targeting minority access to health care services and healthy foods.

Methods: A coalition of community agencies, health care providers and The Midwest Latino Health Research, Training and Policy Center of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Jane Adams School of Social Work are working with restaurants, grocery stores, social service agencies, and health care providers to reduce disparities in minority diabetes outcomes. The coalition is attempting to create a healthier environment through systems change to increase access to healthy foods and health care services in minority communities.

Expected Results: Quantitative and qualitative data are being collected to measure the impact of interventions to increase the sale of fruits and vegetables in local stores, increase healthy options at local restaurants, and increase access to appropriate health care services to underserved minorities through referrals, collaboration and policy changes. Preliminary data indicates that some stores have increased sales of fruits and vegetables. Policy work and the development of an interagency referral network are expected to increase access to healthcare services for underserved minority populations.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the session, the participants will be able to

Keywords: Diabetes, Access

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

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The 132nd Annual Meeting (November 6-10, 2004) of APHA