Advocacy for public policy that improves maternal and child health outcomes since 1983.
The Michigan Council for Maternal and Child Health (MCMCH) has worked with administrators, legislators, policy-makers, coalitions, communities, and advocates to shape and influence state policy affecting women, infants, children, and families in Michigan. With a policy agenda crafted by the Executive Board, MCMCH has called for and succeeded in securing the establishment or expansion of policy and programs that have a meaningful impact on maternal and child health outcomes.

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MCH News of Note (1-15-20)
Inaugural Birth Equity Education Project Report: Doulas Improve Birth Outcomes
MCMCH has released the first in a series of reports with the goal of educating a broader audience of stakeholders and decision makers about opportunities to improve outcomes and promote health equity.

Doula Services for improving Birth Outcomes examines the history and current work of doulas, the lack of recognition many face in clinical settings and the structures they operate within, including community-based doula programs. Doulas have shown to be an empowering and effective resource to reduce racial disparities in birth outcomes.

The report is part of the Birth Equity Education Project, produced by MCMCH in partnership with the Institute for Health Policy at Michigan State University. MCMCH was awarded a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for the project, which will produce a series of knowledge products focused on key strategies to reduce racial disparities in maternal and infant health outcomes.

MCMCH has an accompanying policy guidance document--Advancing Doulas in Michigan--that outlines several policy considerations to enhance the availability and viability of doulas.

Policy Brief Resources Available
MCMCH, in partnership with the Michigan Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics, annually produces policy briefs as a resource for policymakers, providing background, data, and contact information to facilitate a dialogue between legislators and advocates.

The briefs, in infographic form, are designed specifically to give both background and timely policy priorities in key topic areas of children's health: immunizations, infant and maternal health, mental health, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and oral health. The briefs are intentionally basic in content to help those practicing in the field begin a dialogue with new and returning legislators who will have many issues to digest. We've also completed a "101" level primer on Medicaid and Children's Special Health Care Services specific to Michigan.
 
The structure of the infographics allows you as the messenger to provide more details based on your expertise. These types of early interactions can be invaluable in establishing you as well as MCMCH and our partners as key resources on child health issues. 
Primers on Medicaid and Children's Special Health Care Services may be downloaded here.

 

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