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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Advocacy Alert: Send Stories to Support Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies
The administration's budget proposal includes a strong investment in maternal and child health  and MCMCH will be working throughout the budget season to discuss the need for these investments with legislators. We need your help. 

Specifically we are interested in highlighting:
 - how the current 60 day limit on postpartum Medicaid coverage has impacted continuity of care and disrupted treatment (especially interested in a substance use disorder focus);
 - the need for mental health services among pregnant and postpartum women, with emphasis on the prevalence and the shortage of appropriate services and providers; and
 - how home visiting (any model) has contributed to improved outcomes and could reach additional families with more funding, better coordination and referral.
 
These accounts can be from the perspective of providers who work with women, infants and families every day and recognize challenges for just one family or for many or it can be from the perspective of the individual.  

Please send stories to us at info@mcmch.org. Our collective voice makes a difference in advocacy!
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2020 State of the State: 
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.

The 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 twice
as 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.”

Download MCMCH's full press release here.

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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 MCMCH is generously supported by our members some of which include: