Birthing Hospitals Receive State Funding for Education and Home Visits

January 5, 2015

By J. Carlisle Larsen

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The money will be used for programs to reduce infant mortality… and bolster educational programs for pregnant women. The funds come from the state’s Maternal Infant Health Program...which also provides home visits to monitor newborn babies to help them thrive. Jennifer Smith is a spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Community Health. She says the program was designed to help the support the state’s lower-income population.

“It’s there to improve the health and wellbeing of our Medicaid-eligible pregnant women and infants, through an evidence based system. So, these programs are there to promote health and wellness in our youngest, most vulnerable residents.”

Smith says the infant mortality rate in the state is seven deaths for every one-thousand live births…with a high proportion of deaths occurring in Southeast Michigan. Facilities receiving the funding include Hutzel Women’s Hospital in Detroit…and Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor.

--J. Carlisle Larsen

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