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Regional Town Hall Meetings
In 2018 & 2019, the Regional Perinatal Quality Collaboratives (RPQC’s), the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), and the Maternal Infant Strategy Group (MISG) hosted town hall meetings throughout the state to gather community input and support for the Mother Infant Health and Equity Improvement Plan (MIHEIP).
Town hall meetings provided an opportunity for communities to voice their opinions on the MIHEIP and on services, policies and systems which effect mothers and babies in their communities. The valuable feedback received in these meetings helped inform the creation of the MIHEIP; shifting the focus towards Health Equity and Social Determinants of Health and building on a strength-based approach.
Common Themes Across All Regions
Common themes across all regions included the need for consistent messaging, care coordination, awareness and access to available resources and services. Families and organizations across Michigan stated the need for universal home visiting and inclusivity of all family types including Fathers. Communities recognized the growing need to address social determinants of health, stigma, and unconscious biases.
Using data and storytelling, MDHHS hopes to create strong partnerships that support Michigan families and lead to the best possible outcomes for moms & babies, we will continuously strive to include family's voices in our work.
2019 Town Hall Meetings
Throughout September 2019, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the Regional Perinatal Quality Collaboratives (RPQC’s) hosted 11 town hall meetings across the Great State of Michigan, in the following locations:
Region 1 - Marquette
Regions 2 & 3 - Alpena
Region 4 - Grand Rapids
Region 5 - Saginaw
Region 6 – Caro + 6 satellite locations ?
Region 7 - Lansing
Region 8 - Kalamazoo
Region 9 - Ann Arbor
Region 10 – Pontiac, Clinton Township & Detroit
2018 town Hall Meetings
Upper Peninsula - Marquette
Northern Michigan - Grayling
West/Southwest Michigan -Grand Rapids + satellite location in Kalamazoo
Southeast Michigan - Detroit + satellite location in Ann Arbor
Mid-Michigan - Saginaw + satellite locations in Caro, and Bad Axe