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.
MCMCH Celebrates Governor’s Attention to Maternal and Child Health in State of the State Address
Members of the Michigan Council for Maternal and Child Health praised the strategies Governor Whitmer proposed in her State of the State speech to address the high rates of maternal and infant mortality in our state.
call to extend Medicaid coverage from 60 days to 12 months postpartum for
mothers will save lives. For pregnant
women covered by Medicaid, the clock is ticking on their insurance coverage
once their baby is born. Once their postpartum coverage ends, many women become
uninsured or have a lapse in coverage and gaps in needed care. This is
especially concerning given that one in three pregnancy-related deaths occur in
the postpartum period. According to Michigan’s
most recent Maternal Mortality Surveillance Program report, among the reviewed
pregnancy-related deaths, 52.5 percent were determined to be preventable; among
the reviewed pregnancy-associated, not related injury cases, 44.1 percent were
deemed to be preventable.In 2018, Medicaid
covered 46 percent of all births in Michigan.
“Providers and hospitals are working hard to address immediate causes of loss such as preeclampsia, obstetric hemorrhage, cardiomyopathy and other cardiovascular disease,” said Rosalyn Maben-Feaster, MD, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology with Michigan Medicine and member of MCMCH’s Executive Board. “It’s time for us to also implement policies that prevent losses in the ‘fourth trimester’ when we know women are at risk of pregnancy-related complications and behavioral health conditions, including suicide and overdose.”
Governor Whitmer also highlighted the need for access to contraception and to invest more in evidence-based home visiting programs for pregnant women and new families. Most importantly, she noted the unacceptable disparities in Michigan’s maternal and infant mortality rates with Black women three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes and Black infants more than twiceas likely to die as their white counterparts.
“As advocates for public policy that supports healthy mothers and children, we applaud Governor Whitmer’s announcements today,” said Amy Zaagman, MCMCH executive director. “We thank her for putting the human future of our state on the same platform with our infrastructure and workforce challenges. We look forward to working with the administration and the Legislature on these common sense ways to improve outcomes for moms and babies.”
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.
- Infant and maternal health (includes the state Mother Infant Health Improvement Plan details)
- Mental Health
- ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences)
- Oral Health