Regional Initiatives

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


Regional 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