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Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP)

MIHP is a program for all Michigan women with Medicaid health insurance who are pregnant and all infants with Medicaid. It is a benefit of their insurance.  MIHP provides support to promote healthy pregnancies, good birth outcomes, and healthy infants.

Throughout the state, MIHPs are administered in rural and urban communities through federally qualified health centers, hospital based clinics and private providers as  well as through local and regional public health departments. Services include:

· Maternal and infant health, psychosocial and nutrition assessment completed by nurse, social worker, or nutritionist

· Registered Nurse, Licensed Social Worker and Registered Dietician team development of beneficiary care plans

· Coordination of MIHP services with the beneficiary’s medical care provider and Medicaid Health Plan (who assist and supplement that care)

· Registered Nurse, Licensed Social Worker and Registered Dietitian home or office visits provided with interventions based on the beneficiary’s plan of care

· Transportation services arranged if needed

· Referrals are made to local community services  (e.g., mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence, basic needs assistance) as needed

· Referral to local childbirth education or parenting classes

What do Participants Say About the MIHP?

Helpful Information and Resources

• “The free transportation was nice and it was great

having someone here to answer my questions.”

    • “Learning what to expect when I was pregnant.”
    • “Learning about infant development. They spent more time with me explaining things than the doctor did.”
  • “They gave me all the info I needed to be a good mom.”

• “I liked that they offer the convenience of coming to my home. I didn’t have to take the children out.”

• “The home visits when I was pregnant and couldn’t drive were the best.”

Friendly, Caring People

• “I liked that they showed that they cared about how the baby and I were doing. They always made me feel very important.”

• “Just having someone to talk to who understood what I was going through.”

• “They gave me encouragement and a caring smile, and helped me with postnatal depression.”

• “The staff was super-friendly and understanding. I will miss them very much.”

• “In my opinion, everyone should be in this program.  It is really helpful and I love my MIHP women who came out to visit me.”

A program that helps women take care of themselves and their babies.
MIHP is a program for women covered by Medicaid during pregnancy and up to 60 days after birth, and infants covered by Medicaid. Formerly known as Maternal Support Services/Infant Support Services (MSS/ISS), MIHP provides social support, information, and care coordination services to promote healthy pregnancies, good birth outcomes, and healthy infant development.
MIHP programs are certified, monitored, and funded by the Michigan Department of Community Health and are intended to supplement regular prenatal and infant care by medical providers (doctors, nurse midwives, nurse practitioners and physician assistants).
How can MIHP assist me in providing the best possible care for my pregnant and infant Medicaid patients?  MIHP providers are multidisciplinary teams of qualified nurses, social workers, dietitians and infant mental health specialists (if available) who will:
1. Conduct a comprehensive risk assessment across multiple domains, including health risks, smoking, alcohol use, drug use, stress, depression and mental health, social support, abuse/violence, basic needs, breastfeeding, infant development, and infant health and safety.
2. Develop a care plan for your patient, based on your input and the risk assessment results.
3. Communicate with you about your patient’s status.
4. Follow-up with your patient through home or clinic visits.
5. Provide care coordination for your patient, including referrals to community services.
6. Provide your patient with access to transportation to medical appointments, WIC, substance abuse treatment, childbirth and parenting education classes.
7. Provide educational interventions for your patient.