Arshiya Baig

General Internist and Assistant Professor

Arshiya A. Baig, M.D., M.P.H. is a practicing general internist and Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago in the Department of Medicine. She joined the University of Chicago in 2008 after completing the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at UCLA and as U.S. Fulbright Scholar in Bogotá, Colombia. Dr. Baig sees patients in the Primary Care Group at the University of Chicago and attends on the wards at the University of Chicago Medical Center and at Mercy Hospital. Her research focuses on improving diabetes outcomes among Latinos with diabetes.

Her research is based in South Lawndale, a predominantly Mexican-American neighborhood of Chicago with a high diabetes-related mortality rate. Dr. Baig has partnered with two churches in South Lawndale and founded the Little Village Community Advisory Board which is comprised of key stakeholders in South Lawndale who have an interest addressing diabetes within their community. To date, she and the Board have developed a church-based diabetes program: Picture Good Health/Imagínate una Buena Salud. She and her research team are currently piloting the program in churches in Chicago and evaluating its impact on diabetes outcomes among Latinos with diabetes. (You can READ MORE about Picture Good Health/Imagínate una Buena Salud on the Kovler Diabetes Center blog.)

Dr. Baig has given training to community members in South Lawndale on diabetes, attended community health fairs at churches, and mentored undergraduates, medical students, and medical residents on community-based research projects and projects involving Latino health. She is also leading a survey of health centers in the Midwest assessing the services provided to Latino patients with diabetes. She is currently a consultant to the Asian Health Coalition in their effort to expand and evaluate peer-led community-based diabetes education programs to underserved Asian communities in Chicago. She has also worked as a consultant for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in assessing the use of health information technology in reducing diabetes disparities among minority populations. Dr. Baig is supported by a K23 Career Development award from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Her projects have received grant funding from the University of Chicago Diabetes Research and Training Center and the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA).

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