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)

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  |


What can you do?

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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