Diabetes Ten City Challenge

Chicago, IL


The Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH), based in Chicago, offered participation in the Diabetes Ten City Challenge to its 90+ member companies, which have a combined 2 million covered lives, as part of its "Taking Control of Your Health" campaign, a multi-year effort to address diabetes and other conditions that represent a significant health issue across the diverse populations, neighborhoods and communities in the seven-county Chicago metropolitan area and beyond.

Program Facts

  • Over 200 program participants in Illinois and North Carolina
  • The City of Naperville, Hospira, Inc., Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago and Pactiv Corporation were the first MBGH member employers that elected to participate and began enrolling patients in the summer of 2007
  • MBGH has created common promotional materials for the program and assists member employers with program orientation, enrollment, implementation and ongoing support

Pharmacist Network

  1. The Illinois Pharmacists Association serves as pharmacy network coordinator and has established the local pharmacy network of over 200 pharmacists
  2. Pharmacists have been trained by college of pharmacy faculty from the University of Illinois (at Chicago) , Midwestern University (Downers Grove, Ill.), and Southern Illinois University (at Edwardsville)
  3. Pharmacists are certified in diabetes care using the American Pharmacists Association Diabetes Certification Program

Relevant Statistics

Population of Illinois: 9.5 million 
Population of Chicago: 2.1 million  

According to Illinois Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey and U.S. Centers for Disease Control:

  1. 10.8 percent of the Chicago population have been diagnosed with diabetes
  2. 8.8 percent of Illinois adults have been diagnosed with diabetes (2007), compared to 8 percent in the U.S. population
  3. 840,577 Illinois adults have been diagnosed with diabetes (2007) compared to 625,000 in 2002
  4. Each year, 200,000 people die of complications from diabetes, and an additional 100,000 are affected by blindness, kidney failure, heart disease and problems of the lower extremities, including amputations

For more information, view Chicago's factsheet.