Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP)
Model effectiveness research report last updated: 2019
Evidence of model effectiveness
This model meets the criteria established by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for an “evidence-based early childhood home visiting service delivery model” for the general population, but does not meet the criteria for tribal populations.
The Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP) serves pregnant women and infants up to 18 months old who live in Michigan and receive Medicaid. The model aims to reduce rates of maternal and infant morbidity and mortality by promoting healthy pregnancies, positive birth outcomes, and healthy growth and development for infants. Home visiting is offered by a team composed of a licensed social worker, a registered nurse, an infant mental health specialist, a lactation consultant, and a registered dietitian. MIHP is designed to supplement regular prenatal and infant care by offering tailored education and counseling, care coordination, and referrals. The model serves mothers and infants separately based on their respective needs. MIHP maternal services include an assessment visit and up to nine additional monthly visits to implement the plan of care during pregnancy. Mothers are also eligible to receive care as needed up to 60 days postpartum. MIHP infant services also include an assessment and up to nine additional monthly visits in the first year of the child’s life. If needs persist, the infant may be eligible for an additional nine visits, but services must conclude before the infant reaches 18 months of age. Each home visit must last at least 30 minutes. For more information, please read the Model Overview.