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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.






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 a statewide home visiting program in Michigan that serves Medicaid-eligible pregnant women, infants and their families. We hope you will check us out!



What MIHP Participants are Saying 

Friendly, Caring People

"They gave me all the info I needed to be a good mom."MIHP What They are Saying Testimonials   

- MIHP Mom Participant


Help with Depression

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

- MIHP Mom Participant



Career Enrichment through MIHP

"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 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


Two female celebrating pregnancy. One is pregnant and the other is kissing her tummy.










Supporting Healthy Families!

  • 15,968 Women Served During Fiscal Year 2018
  • 20,599 Infants Served During Fiscal Year 2018



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


Our Quality Promise

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


The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Maternal Infant Health Program 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
Public Health Community Liaison


Alissa Borowiak
Public Health Nurse Consultant
Connie Frantz
Departmental Analyst
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
Phone Number
(833) MI4-MIHP (833-644-6447)


Fax Number
(517) 763-0366


Link to MDHHS Publications

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