2020 - 2023
In September 2019, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced the release of the 2020-2023 Mother Infant Health & Equity Improvement Plan (MIHEIP).
The MIHEIP Integrates interventions across the maternal-infant dyad promoting a holistic approach to care that encompasses health and wellbeing for both mom and baby.
This work follows several Infant Mortality Plans, building off years of successful work across Michigan, and addressing the gaps which have persistently left behind the most vulnerable groups of women and infants across our state.
Efforts to reduce maternal and infant mortality and improve health outcomes cannot only focus on clinical interventions. They must address the underlying causes of maternal and infant mortality and acknowledge the underlying drivers of inequity, including poverty, racism, and discrimination.
Zero Preventable Deaths
Mothers and babies are dying from preventable causes. Approximately 90 women die each year in Michigan during pregnancy, at delivery, or within a year after the end of her pregnancy. In 2017, 762 infants died before their first birthday. (Source: MDHHS, Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics, Summary of 2017 Infant Death Statistics, November 2018)
Zero Health Disparities
Women of color are more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than White women. Infants born to women of color are more likely to die before they reach their first birthday. (Source: MDHHS, Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics, 2018)
Six Primary Priorities of the MIHEIP
To achieve the vision of the MIHEIP, upstream preventative measures should be employed to ensure that girls and women are healthy and in a supportive social and physical environment; inclusive of acknowledging and addressing mental and behavioral health concerns, as well as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Throughout pregnancy, access to prenatal care is key; cross-sector collaborations are needed to ensure that women have access to life-saving interventions and resources. Postpartum care is needed to ensure that mothers and infants have access to care and continue to thrive.