Program for Equity in Adolescent & Child Health

Research and improvement are the processes; equity is the outcome

Welcome to the Program for Equity in Adolescent & Child Health (PEACH)!

PEACH is an innovative research and improvement program committed to improving equity in pediatric care and experience. We take an interdisciplinary, data-driven approach to identifying inequities and use quality improvement expertise to develop systems-level approaches to eliminating any inequities identified. PEACH is supported by 12 clinical departments/divisions in the School of Medicine, along with Mott Hospital, the Office for Health Equity and Inclusion, Poverty Solutions, and several other units at the University of Michigan.  In addition, this project was made possible by funding provided by the Children's Foundation.

If there is an equity issue you’ve thought about, observed, or experienced and want to work with PEACH to evaluate and address it, please share your idea here and we will reach out to schedule a meeting with you.

Note that residents and fellows are welcome to work with PEACH but require a committed faculty or senior staff mentor to serve as a co-lead on the project and share responsibility for its completion.

If you’re curious about the project guidelines or want to know more about PEACH and what’s involved in exploring an equity issue, we would love to hear from you!

4.23.24 work-in-progress session

A recent University of Michigan research study demonstrated that Michigan Medicine providers disproportionately tested newborns of Black mothers for exposure to drugs during pregnancy compared to other races. As part of its mission to foster equitable treatment for all patients, the Perinatal Joint Practice Committee approved and implemented a policy to guide meconium test-ordering for drug exposure during pregnancy. Maria Skoczylas, MD, and her team aim to further investigate and reduce the disparities in testing.