State of Michigan Releases Health Improvement Plan for Mothers and Infants

The state of Michigan wants to improve the health of mothers and their babies.

The Mother Infant Health and Equity Improvement Plan focuses on six major topics.

These include equal health treatment, optimal birth spaces and safe sleeping for babies.

The plan also wants to fix issues like housing, racial inequalities and access to family planning.

State officials say Michigan’s infant mortality rate is 6.8 deaths per 1,000 live-births.

The national average in 2017 was 5.8 deaths per 1,000 live births according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Michigan officials also say there is a significant gap between ethnicities.

They say African American babies are 2.8 times more likely to die before their first birthday than Caucasian infants.

For more information on the plan, click here.