In response to the need to further develop the evidence base for intervention strategies and to address maternal and infant health outcomes in NYS, the NYSDOH has developed the Maternal and Infant Health Initiative (MIHI). The MIHI consists of two components: the Maternal and Infant Community Health Collaboratives (MICHC) and the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program.
Maternal and Infant Community Health Collaboratives (MICHC):
The MICHC initiative integrated and replaced the NYSDOH’s current community-based maternal and infant health programs - including the Comprehensive Prenatal – Perinatal Services Networks, the Community Health Worker Program, and the Healthy Mom – Healthy Baby Prenatal and Postpartum Home Visiting initiative - to develop multi-dimensional community-wide systems of integrated and coordinated community health programs and services to improve maternal and infant health outcomes. All MICHC grantees are expected to address maternal and infant health behaviors, supports, and service systems across three key life course stages: preconception, prenatal/postpartum, and interconception. Each grantee designs strategies tailored to the needs of their community including at the organizational/ system level and at the individual/family level.
Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV):
The MIECHV program supports expansion, enhancement and/or establishment of specific evidence-based home visiting programs that have been shown to positively impact maternal health, infant and child health, and child maltreatment outcomes. In NYS, the two evidence-based home visiting models currently available for grantees to select are Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) and Healthy Families New York (HFNY).