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:

MIHEIP Newsletter Subscribe

2019 Maternal Infant Health Summit Waitlist Available

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), the Michigan Maternal Infant Quality Collaborative (MI MIQC), and the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (MI AIM), in partnership with national and local partners, invite you to a statewide conference. The primary goals of this conference are to create synergy and align priorities between public and private organizations, as well as provide educational opportunities that will allow members to keep abreast of the latest developments in the field.

Register Here

Abbreviated Summit Program

Questions about the Summit and registration can be sent to Shatoria Townsend at or Laura Drayton at

Summit Scholarships

A limited number of scholarships are available to attend.  Scholarships are primarity for community members and partners that express need.  Please contact Shatoria Townsend at if you have any questions or would like to apply.


Sponsorship Prospectus

If your organization is interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Shatoria Townsend at

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:
Laura Drayton, MPH  | Plan Implementation Coordinator


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:

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

View the recorded webinar by following this link: Community of Practice Webinar 1.15.19 
(Please note that this link is hosted in Dropbox, which may be blocked by your organization's network.  If you are unable to access the webinar, please try viewing it from your personal network.  We are working to embed the webinar on a different platform shortly!)

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 from 10:00am to 11:00am

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