Regional Initiatives

Regional Perinatal Quality Collaboratives (RPQCs)

Regional Perinatal Quality Collaboratives (RPQCs) act as the backbone organizations of the Mother Infant Heath & Equity Improvement Plan (MIHEIP). There are 9 Regional Perinatal Quality Collaboratives (RPQCs), representing every Prosperity Region in Michigan. Each RPQC convenes regular meetings with diverse stakeholders 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


Join Us at a Town Hall Meeting

2019 Town Hall Meetings

The Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS), in collaboration with leadership from Regional Perinatal Quality Collaboratives and local partners, will be hosting a series of town hall meetings to gather community input and support for the Mother Infant Health & Equity Improvement Plan.

We need your voice to help get healthy outcomes for all moms and babies in your community.  We're using data and storytelling to create strong partnerships that support Michigan families and lead to the best possible outcomes for moms & babies.

Who should attend: families, community leaders, public health, clinicians, behavioral health professionals, housing authorities... everyone has a part in maternal infant health.


Region 1

  • Thurs, Sept 5, 5:30 - 7:30pm

Regions 2 & 3

  • Tues, Sept 10, 5:30 - 7:30pm

Region 4

  • Thurs, Sept 19, 5:30 - 7:30pm

Region 5

  • Fri, Sept 13, 12:00 - 2:00pm

Region 6

  • Tues, Sept 17, 5:30 - 7:30pm

Region 7

  • Thurs, Sept 12, 12:00 - 2:00pm

Region 8

  • Weds, Sept 11, 5:30 - 7:30pm

Region 9

  • Weds, Sept 18, 5:30 - 7:30pm

Region 10- Oakland County

  • Thurs, Sept 19, 6:00 - 8:00pm

Region 10- Macomb County

  • Tues, Sept 24, 6:00 - 8:00pm

Region 10- Wayne County

  • Thurs, Sept 26, 5:00 - 7:00pm


Past 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


For more information on the MIHEIP or associated programs, please contact:

Ninah Sasy, MSA

Senior Maternal Child Health Strategist