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Maternal Infant Health Action Committees Overview
As an important next step in achieving the Mother Infant Health and Equity Improvement Plan (MIHEIP) strategic vision of zero preventable deaths and zero health disparities, we are convening Action Committees aligned with the priorities of the MIHEIP.
The Action Committees will convene content experts aimed at impacting system change by informing policy and putting proven practices into action. By working together to identify priority related recommendations, strategies, and plans to be implemented throughout Michigan, we will improve the MI mothers, their infants, and families.
Maternal Infant Health Action Committees
Enhancing access to the social determinants of health, identifying and actionably addressing systemic inequities, and distributing resources equitably, will help move Michigan residents toward optimal health and toward achieving the MIHEIP strategic vision of zero preventable deaths and zero health disparities. This Action Committee has the potential to create powerful and impactful change through assuring data-driven interventions are aimed at addressing disparities and working to remove obstacles to health.
Through knowledge of infant safe sleep practice, open discussions about risk reduction, and guaranteeing every infant has a safe place to sleep, sleep-related deaths can be prevented. This Committee will work to engage and collaborate with families and caregivers, community organizations, and other entities to significantly impact the infant mortality rate in Michigan by employing innovative initiatives to reduce the number of sleep-related deaths.
The health of girls and women prior to, during, and after pregnancy is critically important. Through participation with this Action Committee, efforts can be made to ensure health is integrated into all facets of policy and decision making, work to increase the implementation of community-based preventive services and linkage with clinical care, as well as ensuring a focus on prevention within healthcare systems and in communities. Therefore, making every effort to ensure that women enter pregnancy in the best possible state of health and receive optimal care and support.
Maternal mental and behavioral health can significantly impact overall health outcomes for mom and baby. It is well known that many women and children experience Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), which can increase their risk for substance use, depression, anxiety, and other long-term health complications. Mental, emotional, and behavioral well-being are dependent upon many considerations including having healthy relationships, feeling connected to a community, and having the ability to access mental and behavioral services when needed. This Action Committee will help reduce the risk of adverse outcomes for both moms and babies by identifying complex needs of communities and in turn promoting new and innovative solutions.
Planning for pregnancy is a critical piece in ensuring healthy outcomes for mothers and their babies. Spacing pregnancies at least eighteen months apart has been proven to improve the health and well-being of both mothers and their infants. Increasing use and access of pre/inter-conception care, as well as assuring access to family planning services, can result in ample birth spacing and intendedness. This Action Committee will work to achieve healthy pregnancies and infants through equipping women and their partners with knowledge and access to comprehensive, high-quality family planning resources and services.
Ensuring the health of mothers and babies requires preparation well before pregnancies begin. It is imperative that the preconception and inter-conception periods be supported through chronic disease prevention, identification of behavioral health needs and linkage to clinical and community resources. This Action Committee will work to achieve full term and healthy weight babies through promotion of inclusive medical screening, cervical length screening and treatment, reducing the rate of primary cesarean section, and addressing behaviors, such as smoking and substance use disorder, that may result in preterm and/or low birth weight babies.
This Committee works to empower parents, communities, and professionals to join together and use their voices to educate and inform policymakers who, in turn, make laws, write regulations, and implement policies affecting the health of mothers, infants, and families.