Health Quality and Equity

The Institute for Health Policy works collaboratively with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Michigan Medicaid managed care plans, and other partners on a variety of health care quality improvement projects. The IHP Health Quality and Equity Team blends the talents of staff members with over 75 combined years of diverse health care industry experience to conduct a broad range of projects in the areas of:

  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Chronic Disease
  • Managed Care Quality Improvement and Accreditation
  • Education

Consistent with the IHP mission, the Health Quality and Equity Team has the ability to translate research to non-academic settings, benefiting our partners and Michigan residents.


  • Debra Darling, RN, BSN
  • Sabrina Ford, PhD, LCP
  • Ariel Hawthorne, MPH
  • Laura Houdeshell-Putt, DrPH
  • Christine Karl, RN, BA
  • Kathleen Oberst, RN, PhD
  • Thomas Renwick, BA, JD
  • Elizabeth Richardson, MPP

If you would like more information about the activities of the unit or opportunities to collaborate, contact Sabrina Ford, PhD, LCP.