MDHHS announces new plan to improve health of infants and mothers
Goal is Zero Preventable Deaths. Zero Health Disparities.
- Health equity.
- Healthy girls, women and mothers.
- Optimal birth spacing.
- Full-term, healthy weight babies.
- Infants safely sleeping.
- Mental, emotional and behavioral well-being.
“While many people are doing great work to improve the lives of mothers, infants and families, the data shows there is much more we need to do,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS chief medical executive and chief deputy director for health. “The improvement plan will align partners, track metrics and make sure we are engaging a variety of community partners in this important work.”
Michigan has a higher infant mortality rate than the national rate, with 6.8 deaths per 1,000 live births. There are also significant disparities that exist across race, with black infants 2.8 times more likely to die before their first birthday than white infants. The plan emphasizes addressing both clinical and non-clinical factors, such as housing, racial biases, access to family planning and promoting safe sleep practices.
The Mother Infant Health and Equity Improvement Plan, along with additional information, is available at Michigan.gov/miheip.
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