Section of General Internal Medicine
Monica Peek, MD, MPH, FACP is an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago where she provides clinical care, teaches and does health services research in the area of health disparities. She received her medical degree and master’s degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins University, and completed her residency training at Stanford University Hospital. She then worked for the National Health Service Corps for two years at a community health center for the medically underserved in Ohio before relocating to Chicago.
Dr. Peek’s main research interest involves patient/provider communication, with an emphasis on shared decision-making (SDM) among racial/ethnic minorities with diabetes. Her current research projects include research exploring patient and provider SDM behaviors among patients with chronic diseases (e.g. diabetes), qualitative and quantitative studies exploring racial differences in shared decision-making among Latinos with diabetes, and research exploring associations between self-reported healthcare discrimination and diabetes.
Dr. Peek is the Principal Investigator of a multi-site intervention funded by an NIDDK R18 grant and the Merck Foundation to improve diabetes care and outcomes on the South Side of Chicago, a primarily working class African-American community with significant disparities in diabetes health outcomes such as lower extremity amputations. The intervention utilizes an integrated approach that includes culturally tailored patient activation training, a diabetes quality improvement collaborative (e.g. implementing care coordination), cultural competency/communication training for clinicians and enhanced community partnerships (e.g. utilizing food prescription/vouchers redeemable at local farmer’s markets and grocers).
As a member of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) program office Finding Answers: Disparities Research for Change, Dr. Peek led the systematic review of health care interventions to reduce disparities in diabetes care and outcomes. She has also been funded by RWJF and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) to explore racial differences in patient/provider communication and to pilot patient-empowerment interventions to enhance such communication among blacks with diabetes. In addition, Dr. Peek was part of the NIDDK strategic planning committee whose 2010 report ‘Advances and Emerging Opportunities in Diabetes Research’ set forth the diabetes research agenda for the next 5-10 years.
Dr. Peek also does research on the development and evaluation of community-based, culturally-tailored interventions to promote healthy behaviors and preventive care, including women’s health (i.e. breast cancer screening), physical activity and diabetes self-management.
Recent News Stories
Marshall Chin, MD, MPH & Monica Peek, MD, MPH to co-direct program aimed at reducing disparities in diabetes care
December 13, 2017- Center Director Marshall Chin, MD, MPH & Associate Director Monica Peek, MD, MPH have been selected to co-direct the National Program Office for the “Bridging the Gap: Reducing Disparities in Diabetes Care” initiative. The program aims to improve access to diabetes care in underserved U.S. communities. To learn more about the University […]
November 7, 2017- CCDTR Associate Director Monica Peek, MD, MPH is featured in a new blog from the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) titled “Diabetes Discoveries & Practice.” The blog includes national leaders talking about the importance of shared decision-making for patients with diabetes. You can visit the blog here.
May 2, 2017 – Last week, several CCDTR investigators and staff attended the annual meeting of the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) in Washington, D.C. CCDTR-affiliated investigators presenting and/or facilitating workshops at the meeting included Ashley Haddad, Arshiya Baig, Deborah Burnet, Neda Laiteerapong, Monica Peek, and Valerie Press. In addition to the presenters, several CCDTR […]
April 21, 2017 — Dr. Monica Peek has been elected as a Council member to the National Society of General Internal Medicine. The pass-the-gavel ceremony will take place on Saturday 4/22 at the SGIM annual meeting. Congratulations Dr. Peek for your outstanding leadership in internal medicine!
November 30, 2016 — The South Side Diabetes Project hosted its 5th Annual Diabetes Cook Off Contest at Washburne Culinary Institute at Kennedy King College on November 15, 2014. Hosted annually by the South Side Diabetes Project during National Diabetes Month, the cook off is a live competition judged by a panel of food, health, […]
Dr. Monica Peek is interviewed at the 2015 American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions about her team’s text-messaging program
June 8, 2015 – Dr. Monica Peek was recently interviewed about the text-messaging program her research team developed to improve diabetes care. In the interview, she discusses findings from the study. Click here to view the interview.
May 11, 2015 – Dr. Monica Peek was quoted in a Medpage Today article entitled “ZIP Codes and Waistlines: Location, Location, Location.” The article discusses findings from a team of researchers not affiliated with the CCDTR who analyzed data from the Dallas Heart Study, a cohort of more than 3,000 adult residents residing in Dallas […]
April 27, 2015 – Last week, several CCDTR investigators and staff attended the annual meeting of the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) in Toronto, ON, Canada. CCDTR-affiliated investigators presenting and/or facilitating workshops at the meeting included Jennifer Cooper and Drs. Sara Baghikar, Arshiya Baig, Alyna Chien, Marshall Chin, Scott Cook, Elbert Huang, Monica Peek, […]
December 2, 2014 – Yesterday, CCDTR staff member Nyahne Bergeron represented the South Side Diabetes team in presenting their work at the 2014 Minority Health & Health Disparities Grantees’ Conference of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. The poster she presented was entitled “Integrating multi-level interventions to improve diabetes care and outcomes”. […]
December 2, 2014 – In observance of National Diabetes Month, the South Side Diabetes Project hosted its 3rd Annual Diabetes Cook Off Contest at Washburne Culinary Institute at Kennedy King College on November 15, 2014. This contest is an opportunity for amateur cooks from the community to compete and share great tasting, healthy recipes and […]
December 1, 2014 – On Friday, November 21, CCDTR Associate Director Dr. Monica Peek was featured in a post by Rolling Out in which she was interviewed about diabetes. Click here to read the post.
November 24, 2014 – CCDTR investigator Emily Laflamme and CCDTR Associate Director Dr. Monica Peek presented their poster at the 2014 meeting of the American Public Health Association. Their poster described the collaboration between the Chicago Department of Public Health and our Center. Dr. Monica Peek and Emily Laflamme with their CDPH-UC poster at the […]
November 20, 2014 – Yesterday, the Huffington Post Blog published a joint commentary written by CCDTR Associate Director Dr. Monica Peek, Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Bechara Choucair, and CCDTR Director Dr. Marshall Chin. Click here to read the blog post.
Picture Good Health and South Side Diabetes Projects Featured in UCM’s 2013 Community Benefit Report
November 3, 2014 – The Community Benefit Report for University of Chicago Medicine’s 2013 fiscal year was just released. CCDTR investigator Dr. Arshiya Baig and her Picture Good Health / Imagínate Una Buena Salud program were highlighted on pages six and seven of the report. The Picture Good Health program provides church-based diabetes education to […]
October 30, 2014 – Health Affairs has just published a blog post written by CCDTR Associate Director Dr. Monica Peek. The post is about an ecological study reporting on associations between neighborhood poverty and diabetes-related lower extremity amputations rates. Read the post here.
September 9, 2014 – Yesterday, the journal Health Affairs released videos about patient engagement that they produced in partnership with the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The three videos describe ways in which patients and practitioners make health care decisions in a patient-engaged manner. UCM’s mobile texting program, developed by a team of investigators including […]
August 15, 2014 – Dr. Monica Peek’s shared decision-making master class which she led at the 2014 meeting of the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) was promoted in the AADE’s Daily News last week. On August 8, she presented a master class about using shared decision-making to enhance empowerment among African American patients. To […]
June 6, 2014 – Dr. Monica Peek has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 Department of Medicine Diversity Award. The award is given in recognition of Dr. Peek’s outstanding research in health disparities research and her inspirational and enthusiastic mentorship of minority students. The award will be presented to her at the Departmental […]
CCDTR’s Text-Messaging Program Featured in Newsletter of The Alliance to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes
May 13, 2014 – The South Side Diabetes project’s text-messaging program was featured in Volume 13 of this year’s newsletters by The Alliance to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes. The newsletter was entitled “Using Cell Phone Technology to Improve Diabetes Care and Outcomes in Chicago.” Download the newsletter here. Access the Health Affairs publication mentioned in […]
Dr. Monica Peek wins leadership award at national meeting of the Society of General Internal Medicine
April 30, 2014 – CCDTR Associate Director Monica Peek received an award at the 2014 national meeting of the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) in appreciation of her exceptional leadership, and for her contributions and accomplishments in promoting SGIM’s mission in her role as the 2012-2014 Co-Chair of the SGIM Disparities Task Force. Congratulations […]
April 28, 2014 – As an alumnus of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program, CCDTR Associate Director Monica Peek was asked to write a short piece for the RWJF Human Capital Blog for National Minority Health Month. The blog has over 70,000 followers on Twitter. To read Dr. Peek’s post […]
March 31, 2014 – CCDTR Director Marshall Chin and Associate Director Monica Peek appeared in an article entitled “Separate but Unequal: The Disparities of Diabetes” in the March 2014 issue of Endocrine News, the leading magazine for endocrinologists. The article described the diabetes disparities that exist among minority populations and mentioned various interventions and initiatives […]
January 2014 – Every Thursday in October, November, and December of 2013, the Improving Diabetes Care and Outcomes on the South Side of Chicago project aired on CAN TV to talk about diabetes education and prevention. The 13-week 30-minute show was hosted by Jacinda Lockett and featured various guests, including CCDTR investigators Drs. Monica Peek […]
January 2, 2014 – On December 31, 2013, CCDTR Director Marshall Chin appeared in a post written by Lee-Lee Prina for the Health Affairs GrantWatch Blog. The post was entitled “Expanding the Health Care Workforce in the States; Clinics Partnering with the Community to Improve Diabetes Care” and reported on a webinar which took place […]
November 2013 – In observance of National Diabetes Month, the Improving Diabetes Care and Outcomes on the South Side of Chicago project (aka the South Side Diabetes Project) hosted its 2nd Annual Diabetes Cook Off Contest at the Washburne Culinary Institute. The cook off was an opportunity for ordinary cooks to compete and share their […]
November 21, 2013 – CCDTR Associate Director Monica Peek gave a presentation entitled “Overcoming Disparities in Diabetes Management: Real-World Strategies that Work” during a live webinar for the Diabetes Series Live. The video can be viewed here and the slides can be downloaded here.
May 2013 – Dr. Monica Peek appeared on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry show discussing breast cancer screening and disparities. “The panel talked about the complicated politics of cancer, health care, and the ways race and class create such a disparity when it comes to treatment and health outcomes” Click on the links below to watch two […]
March 2013 – Dr. Monica Peek has been selected by the Society of General Internal Medicine as the 2013 Outstanding Junior Investigator of the Year in recognition of her accomplishments and contributions to the field of academic general internal medicine. Dr. Peek’s work focuses on health disparities, particularly as related to chronic disease management and […]
January 2013 – Drs. Marshall Chin and Monica Peek speak on WBBM News Radio about the South Side Diabetes program. – Program to Fight Diabetes on South Side Touted as Model
South Side Diabetes Program Hosts Its First Annual Diabetes Cook-Off and is Featured on The Jacinda Show
November 2012 – In observance of 2012’s National Diabetes Awareness Month, the South Side Diabetes team invited patients and community members to submit healthy recipes for the 1st Annual Diabetes Cook-Off. Twelve finalists were chosen to compete in a Top Chef-style competition at the Washburne Culinary Institute at Kennedy King College. Each finalist had an […]
October 2012 – Dr. Monica Peek was one of eleven women to receive the 2012 Egretha Award at the sixth annual African American Women’s Career and Business Conference on October 26th, 2012.
South Side Diabetes program, health centers and Walgreens team up to create food prescriptions to promote healthy eating
August 2012 – The Improving Diabetes Care and Outcomes on the South Side of Chicago project partners with community clinics and Walgreens to provide patients healthy, affordable food options on Chicago’s South Side through food prescriptions. Read more about the new partnership here.
February 2012 – Dr. Monica Peek has been named one of the first Bucksbaum Faculty Fellows for demonstrating a deep interest in the doctor-patient relationship and for her dedication to patient care, collaborative decision-making and clinical excellence.
Recent CCDTR Publications
Padela AI, Vu M, Muhammad H, Marfani F, Mallick S, Peek M, Quinn MT. Religious beliefs and mammography intention: findings from a qualitative study of a diverse group of American Muslim women. Psychooncology. 2016 Oct;25(10):1175-1182. doi: 10.1002/pon.4216. Epub 2016 Aug 4. PubMed PMID: 27424488.
Peek ME. Can mHealth Interventions Reduce Health Disparities among Vulnerable Populations?. Divers Equal Health Care. 2017 March 09; 14(2):44-45.
Peek M, Lo B, Fernandez A. How Should Physicians Respond When Patients Distrust Them Because of Their Gender? AMA J Ethics. 2017 Apr 1;19(4):332-339. doi: 10.1001/journalofethics.2017.19.4.ecas2-1704. PubMed PMID: 28430566.
Goddu AP, Raffel KE, Peek ME. A story of change: The influence of narrative on African-Americans with diabetes. Patient Educ Couns. 2015 Aug;98(8):1017-24.PubMed PMID: 25986500; NIHMSID: 701770; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4492448
Sathe NA, Nocon RS, Hughes B, Peek ME, Chin MH, Huang ES. The costs of participating in a diabetes quality improvement collaborative: variation among 5 clinics.Joint Comm J Quality Safety. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2016 Jan; 42(1): 18–25. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4861630
Lu CY, Vinci LM, Quinn MT, Wilkes AE, Chin MH, Peek ME. Using feedback to change primary care physician behavior. J Ambul Care Manage. 2015 Apr-Jun;38(2):118-24.PubMed PMID: 25748260; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4356021
Goddu AP, Roberson TS, Raffel KE, Chin MH, Peek ME. Food Rx: a community-university partnership to prescribe healthy eating on the South Side of Chicago. J Prev Interv Community. 2015;43(2):148-62. PubMed PMID: 25898221; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4416784
Peek ME, Ferguson MJ, Roberson TP, Chin MH. Putting theory into practice: a case study of diabetes-related behavioral change interventions on Chicago’s South Side.Health Promot Pract. 2014 Nov;15(2 Suppl):40S-50S. PubMed PMID: 25359248;PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4217132.
Nundy S, Mishra A, Hogan P, Lee SM, Solomon MC, Peek ME. How do mobile phone diabetes programs drive behavior change? Evidence from a mixed methods observational cohort study. Diabetes Educ. 2014 Nov-Dec;40(6):806-19. PubMed PMID:25278512; NIHMSID: 701781; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4492449
Chin MH, Goddu AP, Ferguson MJ, Peek ME. Expanding and sustaining integrated health care-community efforts to reduce diabetes disparities. Health Promot Pract. 2014Nov;15(2 Suppl):29S-39S. PubMed PMID: 25359247; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4415354
Padela AI, Peek M, Johnson-Agbakwu CE, Hosseinian Z, Curlin F. Associations between religion-related factors and cervical cancer screening among Muslims in greater Chicago. J Low Genit Tract Dis. 2014 Oct;18(4):326-32. PubMed PMID:24914883; Pubmed Central PMCID: PMC4530503
Raffel KE, Goddu AP, Peek ME. “I Kept Coming for the Love”: Enhancing the Retention of Urban African Americans in Diabetes Education. Diabetes Educ. 2014 Feb13;40(3):351-360. PubMed PMID: 24525568; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4401578
Nundy S, Dick JJ, Chou CH, Nocon RS, Chin MH, Peek ME. Mobile phone diabetes project led to improved glycemic control and net savings for Chicago plan participants.Health Aff (Millwood). 2014 Feb;33(2):265-72. PubMed PMID: 24493770; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4034376
Chien AT, Chin MH, Alexander GC, Tang H, Peek ME. Physician financial incentives and care for the underserved in the United States. Am J Manag Care. 2014Feb;20(2):121-9. PubMed PMID: 24738530; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4110893
Nundy S, Lu CY, Hogan P, Mishra A, Peek ME. Using Patient-Generated Health Data From Mobile Technologies for Diabetes Self-Management Support: ProviderPerspectives From an Academic Medical Center. J Diabetes Sci Technol. 2014 Jan1;8(1):74-82. PubMed PMID: PMC4454095
Peek ME, Wilson SC, Bussey-Jones J, Lypson M, Cordasco K, Jacobs EA, Bright C,Brown AF. A study of national physician organizations’ efforts to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities in the United States. Acad Med. 2012 Jun;87(6):694-700. PubMed PMID: 22534593; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3785372.
Peek ME, Tang H, Alexander GC, Chin MH. National prevalence of lifestyle counseling or referral among African-Americans and whites with diabetes. J Gen Intern Med. 2008Nov;23(11):1858-64. PubMed PMID: 18683005; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC258569
Tung EL, Peek ME, Makelarski JA, Escamilla V, Lindau ST. Adult BMI and Access to Built Environment Resources in a High-Poverty, Urban Geography. Am J Prev Med. 2016 Nov;51(5):e119-e127. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2016.04.019. Epub 2016 Jun 7. PubMed PMID: 27288290; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5067168.
Steve SL, Tung EL, Schlichtman JJ, and Peek ME. Social Disorder in Adults with Type 2 Diabetes: Building on Race, Place, and Poverty. Curr Diab Rep. 2016 Aug;16(8):72.
Tung EL, Peek ME. Linking community resources in diabetes care: a role for technology? Curr Diab Rep. 2015 Jul; 15(7): 614. PMID: 25994856
Peek ME, Ferguson M, Bergeron N, Maltby D, Chin MH. Integrated community-healthcare diabetes interventions to reduce disparities. Curr Diab Rep. 2014 Mar; 14(3): 467. PMCID: PMC3956046
Nundy S, Dick JJ, Solomon M, Peek ME. Developing a behavioral model for mobile phone-based diabetes interventions. Patient Educ Couns. 2013 Jan; 90(1): 125-32. PMCID: PMC3785373
Peek ME, Gorawara-Bhat R, Quinn MT, Odoms-Young A, Wilson SC, Chin MH. Patient trust in physicians and shared decision-making among African-Americans with diabetes. Health Commun. 2013; 28(6): 616–623. PMCID: PMC3766485
Nundy S, Dick JJ, Goddu A, Hogan P, Lu E, Solomon MC, Bussie A, Chin MH, Peek ME. Using mobile health to support the chronic care model: Developing an institutional initiative. Int J Telemed Appl. 2012; 2012: 871925. PMCID: PMC3523146
Nundy S, Surati M, Nwadei I, Singal G, Peek ME. A web-based patient tool for preventive health: Preliminary report. J Prim Care Community Health. 2012 Oct 1; 3(4): 289-94. PMCID: PMC3718287
Peek ME, Harmon S, Scott S, Eder M, Roberson TS, Tang H, Chin MH. Culturally tailoring patient education and communication skills training to empower African-Americans with diabetes. Transl Behav Med. 2012 Sep; 2(3): 296-308. PMCID: PMC3717912
Peek ME, Wilkes AE, Roberson TS, Goddu AP, Nocon RS, Tang H, Quinn MT, Bordenave KK, Huang ES, Chin MH. Early lessons from an initiative on Chicago’s south side to reduce disparities in diabetes care and outcomes. Health Aff (Millwood). 2012 Jan; 31(1): 177-86. PMCID: PMC3697906
Wilkes AE, Bordenave K, Vinci L, Peek ME. Addressing diabetes racial and ethnic disparities: Lessons learned from quality improvement collaboratives. Diabetes Manag (Lond). 2011 Nov; 1(6): 653–660. PMCID: PMC3339626
Peek ME, Nunez-Smith M, Drum M, Lewis TA. Adapting the Everyday Discrimination Scale to Medical Settings: Reliability and Validity Testing in a Sample of African-American Patients. Ethn Dis. 2011 Autumn; 21(4): 502–509. PMCID: PMC3350778
Dick JJ, Nundy S, Solomon MC, Bishop KN, Chin MH, Peek ME. Feasibility and usability of a text-message-based program for diabetes self-management in an urban African-American population. J Diabetes Sci Technol. 2011 Sep; 5(5): 1246–1254. PMCID: PMC3208889
Peek ME, Wagner J, Tang H, Baker D, Chin MH. Self-reported racial/ethnic discrimination in healthcare and diabetes outcomes. Med Care. 2011 Jul; 49(7): 618–625. PMCID: PMC3339627
Peek ME, Tang H, Cargill A, Chin MH. Are there racial differences in patients’ shared decision-making preferences and behaviors among patients with diabetes? Med Decis Making. 2011 May-Jun; 31(3): 422–431. PMCID: PMC3482118
Baig AA, Wilkes AE, Davis AM, Peek ME, Huang ES, Bell DS, Chin MH. The use of quality improvement and health information technology approaches to improve diabetes outcomes in African American and Hispanic patients. Med Care Res Rev. 2010 Oct; 67(5 Suppl): 163S–197S. PMCID: PMC3144751
Peek ME, Odoms-Young A, Quinn MT, Gorawara-Bhat R, Wilson SC, Chin MH. Racism in healthcare: Its relationship to shared decision-making and health disparities: Response to Bradby. Soc Sci Med. 2010 Jul; 71(1): 13–17. PMCID: PMC3244674
Peek ME, Odoms-Young A, Quinn MT, Gorawara-Bhat R, Wilson SC, Chin MH. Race and shared decision-making: Perspectives of African-Americans with diabetes. Soc Sci Med. 2010 Jul; 71(1): 1–9. PMCID: PMC2885527
Peek ME, Wilson ST, Gorawara-Bhat R, Odoms-Young A, Quinn MT, Chin MH. Barriers and facilitators to shared decision-making among African-Americans with diabetes. J Gen Intern Med. 2009 Oct; 24(10): 1135–1139. PMCID: PMC2762499
Peek ME, Quinn MT, Gorawara-Bhat R, Odoms-Young A, Wilson SC, Chin MH. How is shared decision-making defined among African-Americans with diabetes? Patient Educ Couns. 2008 Sep; 72(3): 450–458. PMCID: PMC3339628
Peek ME, Cargill A, Huang ES. Diabetes Health Disparities: A Systematic Review of Health Care Interventions. Med Care Res Rev. 2007 Oct; 64(5 Suppl): 101S–156S. PMCID: PMC2367214