New York State's 2013-2017 Prevention Agenda reflects the New York State Department of Health's (NYS DOH) commitment to investing in programs that work, and prioritizing best practice strategies with demonstrated impact. Improving maternal and infant health outcomes is a focus area of this blueprint as a means toward promoting healthy women, infants, and children.
NYS DOH's introduction of Maternal and Infant Community Health Collaboratives (MICHC) reflects this enhanced focus on evidence-based and best practices and strategies. MICHC grantees now are addressing maternal and infant health behaviors, supports, and service systems across 3 key life course stages: preconception, prenatal/postpartum, and interconception. Such work takes place at both the community/organizational level and the individual/family level. Drawing upon evidence-based and best practices, MICHCs support achievement of the following outcomes:
- High-need women and infants are enrolled in health insurance
- High-need women and infants are engaged in primary and specialty health care services
- The risk factors of high-need women and infants are identified and addressed through timely and coordinated counseling, management, referral and follow-up
- Within communities, there are supports and opportunities in place that support high-need women engage in and maintain healthy behaviors