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About Us

The Maternal Infant Health Program nurtures health and wellness throughout pregnancy and infancy by partnering families with caring, trusted, and knowledgeable home visitors who serve the goals and needs of each family. 

Our Vision is that all babies, families, and communities in Michigan are healthy and thriving.

Maternal Infant Health Program MIHP Who Are We

Home Visits 

When you enroll in the Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP), you will work with a nurse and a social worker who will help you connect with your doctor, your health plan, and providers in your community. The nurse and social worker will visit you in your home while you are pregnant and for a period after your child is born. MIHP is the only home visiting program in Michigan that serves Medicaid-eligible pregnant people, infants and their families.

We hope you will check us out!

What MIHP Participants are Saying

They gave me all the info I needed to be a good mom.

- MIHP Mom Participant

They gave me encouragement and a caring smile and helped me with postnatal depression.

- MIHP Mom Participant

My life has been enriched through the hundreds of women and families that have opened up to me about their struggles and successes, and have allowed me to support, encourage, and challenge them in this part of their journey.

- MIHP Agency Social Worker

MIHP Providers

Maternal Infant Health Program services are delivered by a statewide Michigan network of nearly 100 certified providers, including the following:

Independent Agencies
Local Health Departments
District Health Departments
Federally Qualified health Centers
Hospital Systems
Native American Tribes

Our History

In the 1980s, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) initiated Maternal and Infant Support Services to support pregnancy and infant health in the Medicaid population. From 2004 - 2009, the program was redesigned as a population health model. Participants no longer needed to be screened to determine eligibility - all pregnant and infant Medicaid participants became eligible. From 2009 - 2015, evidence-based interventions and standardized processes were introduced. From 2015 through the present, processes continue to be improved through continuous quality improvement and evaluation.

Our Partners

In addition to our Medicaid partner, the Maternal Infant Health Program collaborates with many community partners!

Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
Community Mental Health (CMH)
Early On
Great Start
Food Pantries
Child Protective Services (CPS)
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)
Local Health Departments (LHD)
And Many More

Quality Focus

To provide the best and highest quality of care to our MIHP families to meet their needs and expectations through continuous quality improvement at all levels of service, including:

Policy and Program Operation

  • Policy
  • Quality Strategy
  • Operations Guide

Evidenced Based Program

  • Published Quasi-Experimental Research

State Aggregate and Legislative Reports

  • Provider Specific Reports
  • Certification Reports

Provider Oversight

  • Certification Reviews
  • Administrative Reviews
  • Billing Data Reviews

MDHHS MIHP Staff

Dawn Shanafelt
Director, Division of Maternal and Infant Health

Dan Thompson
Section Manager, Perinatal and Infant Health

Cherie Ross
Manager, Maternal Infant Health Unit

Suzette Burkitt-Wesolek
Quality Improvement Specialist

Joni Detwiler
Public Health Consultant

Chelsea Low Darling
Public Health Consultant

Maria McGinnis
Nurse Consultant

Connie Frantz
Departmental Analyst

Maria Garcia
Departmental Technician

Arielle Moore
MIHP Secretary

MIHP Reviewers:
  Pat Fralick
  Deanna Kelly
  Kathy Schoenberger
  Sherry Zietz

Contact Us

Mailing Address
Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP)
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
P.O. Box 30195
Lansing, Michigan 48909-7695

Email Address
MIHP@michigan.gov

Phone Number
(833) MI4-MIHP (833-644-6447)

Fax Number
(517) 763-0366

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