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MIHP for All: Exploring the Impact of Universal Maternal and Infant Home Visiting on Health Outcomes

This project supports the Youth Policy Lab, along with researchers at Michigan Medicine (MM) and staff from Michigan Medicine’s Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP), to jointly explore a set of research and policy questions designed to help understand ways to improve maternal and infant health outcomes in Michigan. The research investigates the impact of offering home visiting universally to all women, regardless of insurance status, on participation rates and the health outcomes of mothers and babies. Prior research suggests that offering social services universally can reduce stigma, increase program awareness and have a substantial impact on participation rates. This study will provide policymakers and program administrators useful information in their collective quest to improve the health of mothers and babies in Michigan.

Robin Jacob, Institute for Social Research