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Maternal & Infant Health

Maternal & Infant Health

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Division of Maternal & Infant Health

The Division of Maternal & Infant Health (DMIH) is home to an array of public health programs, initiatives and interventions aimed at improving the health and well-being of women, infants, families and communities.

To achieve further success in improving the outcomes for Michigan mothers, infants and families, we must make data-informed decisions, deploy strategies to address systemic racism and inequities in the social determinants of health, eliminate disparities facing women, engage extended families, caregivers, and fathers, and further develop and sustain strong collaborative partnerships.   

Maternal Infant Health Updates

Michigan Perinatal Quality Collaborative Advancing Healthy Births: Request for Proposals - 2024
To facilitate alignment with the Advancing Healthy Births plan and encourage collaborative efforts with the MI PQC and individual Regional Perinatal Quality Collaboratives (RPQCs), funding was awarded to community-based organizations and local programs, whose efforts focus on addressing disparate birthing outcomes and advancing healthy births. The Advancing Healthy Births: Request for Proposals was led by the RPQCs and made possible by one-time funding received through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Community & Family Town Halls - Upcoming Events
Michigan families and community members are encouraged to attend a Community & Family Town Hall meeting! Join your Regional Perinatal Quality Collaborative for a conversation about healthy births, families, and communities. Anyone interested in the health and wellbeing of Michigan families is welcome to attend.  

MDHHS Doula Registry 
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services maintains a Doula Registry where families can find a doula in their area. For more information, please visit the MDHHS Doula Registry.  

Advancing Healthy Births

With the sunsetting of the Mother Infant Health & Equity Improvement Plan, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is proud to release the 2024-2028, Advancing Healthy Births - An Equity Plan for Michigan Families & Communities. Continuing to strive towards the strategic vision of Zero preventable deaths and Zero health disparities, Michigan's plan focuses on sustainable actions and multifaceted approaches to improve outcomes for birthing people and their infants. 


Learn more about the Advancing Healthy Births Plan.

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Advancing Healthy Births

Advancing Healthy Births - An Equity Plan for Michigan Families & Communities (2024-2028) is a next step in working towards an equitable Michigan and requires action from all of us.

 

Town Hall Meeting with community members in Region 10

Get Involved

Stay updated on maternal & infant health in Michigan, attend an upcoming event and sign up for our emails.

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Our Programs and Initiatives

The Division of Maternal & Infant Health is home to an array of public health programs, initiatives and interventions aimed at improving the health and well-being of women, birthing people, infants, families and communities. Learn more about our Our Programs and Initiatives.

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Michigan Perinatal Quality Collaborative (MI PQC)

The Michigan Perinatal Quality Collaborative (MI PQC) improves perinatal outcomes and birth equity through collaboration with diverse partners. MI PQC is divided into nine Regional Perinatal Quality Collaboratives (RPQCs), each engaging families, communities, and stakeholders in data-informed quality improvement efforts.

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Partners and Resources

Michigan's diverse and expansive Maternal and Infant Health Partners and stakeholders work on an array of initiatives to improve Michigan's maternal and infant health outcomes. Many resources are available through these collaborative partnerships, including data, advocacy, and services for Michigan families.  

Dawn M. Shanafelt, MPA, BSN, RN

Director, Division of Maternal & Infant Health 

Director, Title V Maternal Child Health 

Michigan Department of Health & Human Services

ShanafeltD@michigan.gov

Maternal Infant Health Summit. Save the Date. June 17-18, 2024