Michigan Maternal Mortality Surveillance (MMMS) Program - Action

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Image of black mother and her baby (Photo Credit: The Naomi and Ruth (NAR) Project)

One of the most significant programs to emerge from previous MMMS recommendations is the MI-AIM (Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health) project. MI-AIM is the Michigan public-private partnership initiative that is part of a major national program to reduce preventable maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity. The AIM Program was initiated by the Council on Patient Safety in Women's Health Care. The Maternal and Child Health Bureau in the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has supported the AIM initiative. Thirteen states and more than 667 hospitals have implemented maternal safety best practices to improve the quality and safety of maternity care.

In Michigan, the focus is on improving care for maternal hemorrhage and hypertension, as well as increasing birth spacing to prevent high-risk pregnancies. To address these concerns, Michigan used the obstetric hemorrhage and severe hyperstension AIM bundles to establish guidelines into practice with a standard approach.

 

The Michigan Mortality Surveillance (MMS) Program provided recommendations that helped to guide the development of the 2020-2023 Mother Infant Health and Equity Improvement Plan (MIHEIP). The MIHEIP brings together maternal and infant stakeholders as well as private and public partners to improve health outcomes and reduce disparities for mothers and infants in Michigan. Understanding that there are many environmental and social factors that influence maternal and infant health, the MIHEIP focuses on reducing the disparity between women and infants of color in comparison to women and infants of non-color.  Cross-sector work is needed to improve health outcomes overall and reduce disparities. 

The MIHEIP six primary priorities are:

  • Health Equity
  • Healthy Girls, Women & Mothers
  • Optimal Birth Spacing & Intended Pregnancies
  • Full Term, Healthy Weight Babies
  • Infants Safely Sleeping
  • Mental, Emotional & Behavioral Well-Being

For your convenience, the MIHEIP and the MIHEIP Appendices are available for download at www.michigan.gov/MIHEIP.

As we experience improvements in maternal and infant health, it’s important to align our small victories so that we can achieve our ultimate goal of Zero Preventable Deaths and Zero Health Disparities.

 

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