MDHHS seeks public comment on Mother Infant Health and Equity Improvement Plan; deadline is March 11

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Feb. 28, 2019

CONTACT: Lynn Sutfin, 517-241-2112

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is seeking public comment on its Mother Infant Health and Equity Improvement Plan, which will be a focal point of the second annual Maternal Infant Health Summit, March 12-13, at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing. 

The 2019 Mother Infant Health Equity and Improvement Plan is a comprehensive statewide population health plan. It was developed by MDHHS in collaboration with a broad range of maternal and infant health stakeholders and the guidance of the Maternal Infant Strategy Group. The Improvement Plan’s vision is: Zero preventable deaths. Zero health disparities. 

The plan promotes health equity as a priority throughout its initiatives by identifying marginalized populations and addressing persistent health disparities. Its grassroots approach incorporates direct feedback from communities, including mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, grandparents, faith-based organizations and other community groups.

A critical intervention to help prevent maternal mortality included in the plan is Michigan Alliance for Innovation in Maternal Health (MI AIM) safety bundles. Safety bundles help fully equip hospitals with actionable protocols, necessary equipment, staff education and drills to prevent and adequately treat severe maternal events. MI AIM designated hospitals will be recognized at the March Summit for implementing safety bundles at their facilities.

Comments on the plan must be received by 5 p.m. on March 11, and can be submitted to MDHHS-FamilyHealthServices@michigan.gov.

For more information about the Summit and the Improvement Plan, visit Michigan.gov/MIHEIP.

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