Chicago CARES to Prevent Diabetes

The Chicago Collaboration to Advance Reach, Equity and Systems to Prevent Diabetes is a multi-sector effort to expand access to evidence-based diabetes prevention programs and telehealth diabetic retinopathy screening in Chicago community areas that have a disproportionate burden of type 2 diabetes and lack sufficient preventive services. In partnership with the Chicago Department of Public Health, and funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Chicago CARES is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program.

E-Referral Systems

Implement systems to facilitate bi-directional e-referral between health care systems and CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs


Increase access to CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs to prevent type 2 diabetes

Advanced Training

Improve program quality through a learning collaborative, advanced training and support for lifestyle coaches


Advance Medicaid/payor coverage and build systems and infrastructure to support long-term programming

Teleretinal Diabetic Retinopathy Screening

Expand diabetic retinopathy screening via telehealth through practice transformation and a learning collaborative

Chicago CARES Year 1 Impact

New Diabetes Prevention Programs

Lifestyle Coaches Trained

Program Participants

Partner Organizations


Chicago CARES Partners

CDC-Recognized Lifestyle Change Program Provider Partners:

  • Advocate Health
  • Cook County Health
  • Erie Family Health Center
  • Erie Neighborhood House
  • Heartland Health Center
  • Howard Brown Health Center
  • Near North Health Service Corporation
  • Sinai Urban Health Institute
  • UI Mile Square
  • Universidad Popular

Systems Change and Support Partners

  • Age Options
  • American Medical Association
  • AllianceChicago
  • Chicago Department of Public Health
  • CountyCare
  • Health Management Associates
  • Illinois Department of Public Health
  • Kivvit
  • Leavitt Partners
  • Mercy Hospital and Medical Center
  • National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Wellcare Health Plans
  • West Cook YMCA

Learn More Today!

To learn more about the Chicago CARES to Prevent Diabetes program, contact Janna Simon, Director of the Center for Policy & Partnership Initiatives at 312-786-5365.