Mother Infant Health & Equity Improvement Plan


The 2019-2022 Mother Infant Health Improvement Plan (MIHIP) is now the Mother Infant Health & Equity Improvement Plan (MIHEIP) - more simply: the Improvement Plan.

Improvement Plan Draft 

The public comment period for the Improvement Plan is now closed.  Public comments are currently being reviewed.  Thank you to everyone that provided feedback.

The Improvement Plan builds on the existing momentum of the Infant Mortality Reduction Plan (IMRP) to improve the health of moms and babies in Michigan.  The Improvement Plan recognizes the disparities that contribute to poor maternal and infant health outcomes and promotes health equity as a priority.  It is innovative in its efforts to tailor interventions and bring clinical and community partners together to save lives.

The vision of the Improvement Plan is: Zero preventable deaths. Zero health disparities.


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 2016, 730 infants died before their first birthday. 


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, 2016)


Regional Initiatives

Regional Perinatal Quality Collaboratives (RPQCs) will serve as the backbone organizations during MIHEIP implementation.  Currently, there are 7 Regional Perinatal Quality Collaboratives (RPQCs) representing 8 of the Prosperity Regions in Michigan.  We are working toward establishment of an RPQC in every Prosperity Region to address each region’s largest concerns with individualized attention.

Each RPQC is charged with improving birth outcomes and reducing infant mortality in their region by performing at least one Quality Improvement project per fiscal year, according to the unique needs of their region.  The goal is to bring the community together through a cross-sector collaboration between health care professionals, community partners, families, faith-based organizations, Great Start Collaboratives, home visiting agencies, and others.

Examples of RPQC areas of focus:

  • Increase Perinatal Substance Use screening at first prenatal visit
  • Increase referrals to, utilization of and retention in evidence-based home visiting programs Increase early entry into prenatal care
  • Increase workforce knowledge of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) scoring tool and reducing stigma in care of mothers and babies affected by substance use in pregnancy


Contact Information:

Emily Goerge, MPH, MSN, RN  |  Perinatal Nurse Consultant


Town Hall Meetings

In 2018, the Maternal Infant Strategy Group (MISG) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) hosted town hall meetings throughout the state to introduce the Mother Infant Health Improvement Plan.  More the 500 people came together to provide feedback on the Plan that will be utilized in development and implementation.

To read the report for each of the town hall meetings, click on the links below:

June 20, 2018 – Northern Michigan Town Hall Meeting
Grayling, MI

July 25, 2018 – West/Southwest Michigan Town Hall Meeting
Grand Rapids, MI – satellite location in Kalamazoo, MI

August 16, 2018 – Southeast Michigan Town Hall Meetings
Detroit, MI – satellite location in Ann Arbor, MI

September 10, 2018 – Upper Peninsula Town Hall Meeting
Marquette, MI

September 25, 2018 – Mid-Michigan Town Hall Meeting
Saginaw, MI – satellite locations in Caro, MI and Bad Axe, MI


What can you do?

To stay updated on the Improvement Plan, please subscribe to our newsletter:

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2019 Maternal Infant Health Summit 

More than 500 attendees came together for the second annual Maternal Infant Health Summit, held March 12-13 in East Lansing.

Plenary presentations were recorded and are avaiable for viewing here: 2019 MIHS Plenary Presentations

PDF files of Summit plenary sessions are available for download below:

Tuesday Lunch Plenary  |  Michigan is Creating the Blueprint for Zero Preventable Deaths and Zero Health Disparities, featuring Herman Gray, MD, MPA, FAAP

Wednesday Closing Plenary  |  Raising Soleil, shared by Wanda Irving, MPA

Wednsday Closing Session  |  What's Being Done in Michigan to Improve Maternal Health, featuring Robert Sokol, MD and Amy Zaagman, MPA

PDF files of Summit breakout sessions are available for download below:

Theme A  |  Eliminating Maternal Mortality: Using AIM Patient Safety Bundles to Achieve Improved Outcomes

Part 1, featuring Lisa Kane Low, PhD, CNM, Jody Jones, MD, FACOG, and Robert Flora, MD, MBA, MPH

Part 2, featuring Charisse Loder, MD, MSc and Betsy Hardy, RN, MSN

Theme B  |  Strategies to Reduce Preterm Birth: Integrating Clinical and Community Practice to Improve Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes

Theme C  |  Substance Use, Mental Health, and Trauma: Strategies for Improving Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes

Café Conversation 101  |  MI AIM: The Data is in the Details, featuring Jennifer Thompson-Wood, MSN, RNC-OB, BC-EFM, ACNS-BC, Andrew Syrek, BS, CSSYB, and Robert Flora, MD, MBA, MPH

Café Conversation 102  |  Electronic Screening and Brief Intervention for Substance Use in Pregnancy, featuring Steven Ondersma, MD

Café Conversation 103  |  Human Trafficking: What Every Health Practitioner Needs to Know, featuring Aleksandra Andjelkovic, LMHC, LPC

Café Conversation 104  |  Obstetrics Initiative (OBI) 2019: Optimizing care and support in the first stage of labor to reduce the cesarean delivery rate, featuring Daniel Morgan, MD

Café Conversation 105  |  Utilizing HEDIS Measures to Improve Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes, featuring Debra Darling, RN, BSN, Sheila Wilson, MBA, BSN, RN, CCM, and Jennie Nowak, LMSW

Café Conversation 106  |  Let's Have a REAL Conversation: Breastfeeding and Safe Sleep, featuring Colleen Nelson, LMSW, Patti Kelly, LMSW, MPH, and Jennifer Day, IBCLC

Café Conversation 107  |  Perinatal Smoking Cessation and Tobacco and Marijuana's Impact on Babies, featuring Derek Bair, MD and Michelle Klein, RN, MA, PHC

Café Conversation 108*  |  Recognizing Implicit Bias and Interpersonal Discrimination in the Care of Pregnant Moms: A Self-Assessment, featuring Renee Canady, PhD, MPA and Denise Evans, MA

Café Conversation 109  |  Meaningful Community Engagement for Health and Equity, featuring Kenyetta Jackson, MPH, and Mildred Johnson


Become a MIHEIP Ambassador

We are currently piloting a MIHIP Ambassador Program to get input from the community.  If you are interested in sharing your feedback on the MIHEIP and being an advocate for improving maternal and infant health in your community, please apply to be an Ambassador:

Apply to be a MIHEIP Ambassador

For more information about the MIHEIP Ambassador Program, please contact:
Lauren Eby  |


Community of Practice Webinars

The Mother Infant Health and Equity Improvement Plan will host a series of Webinars to provide more information about the Plan, its initiatives, and implementation.  To view previously recorded webinars, please click the links (highlighted in blue):

January 15, 2019 from 10:30am to 12:00pm

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 from 11:00am to 12:00pm

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 from 10:00am to 11:00am

Thursday, September 5, 2019 from 10:00am to 11:00am

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 from 10:00am to 11:00am

To participate in the Community of Practice Webinars, please register here: COP Webinar Registration