MPHI designed, develops, and hosts a web-based data collection tool for the Healthy Start Project, funded by the Intertribal Council of Michigan. The tool allows you to create a client, and then add different data collection forms to the client as they progress through the program. Only specific forms are available to different types of clients. Permissions are configured to only allow access to data needed. Search features allow users to search on first name, last name, site, healthy start ID, amongst others. Data download allows sites and application admins to download all of their data in an easy-to-manipulate Excel file. The application receives imports from the State of Michigan MIHP system, which reduces the need for double data entry into both systems. MPHI continues to partner with the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan to enhance and maintain the application. https://www.hsmidata.org
Women, Infants, and Children Education and Training
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides federal grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education. The program benefits low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, as well as infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk. Since 1998, MPHI has partnered with MDHHS, Michigan WIC to coordinate and host local provider regional training, live webcasts, specialized trainings and initiatives, and statewide annual conferences to maintain high levels of knowledge, training, and skillsets to best serve Michigan’s WIC eligible citizens. To learn more, visit: https://events.mphi.org/
Systems Level Approach to Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) – a Michigan Health Endowment Fund grant.
Community Partners in Saginaw and Marquette Counties are coming together to improve supports for families with babies with NAS. Representatives from child welfare, substance abuse disorder treatment providers, medical community, early childhood service providers, and persons with lived experience will assess and make strategic changes to existing services through formalizing collaborative processes and widespread staff education. A State Level Advisory Council contributes expertise and resources. “Lessons learned” and key resources will be shared through a Replication Guide.
Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Education
The goals of the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan’s Tribal Home Visiting project are to support the development of healthy, happy, successful American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) children and families through a coordinated, high-quality, evidence-based, home visiting strategy; and to expand the evidence base around home visiting programs for AIAN populations. MPHI's Center for Healthy Communities provides technical consultation and support for a mixed methods evaluation of an enhanced early learning curriculum; provides technical consultation and support on benchmark data collection, analysis, and reporting; and provides support for capacity building and training of staff on evaluation, benchmark data collection, analysis, reporting, data quality assurance, and quality improvement plan implementation.
Promising Practices to Reduce Infant Mortality Through Equity (PRIME)
This project is focused on supporting the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) infant mortality reduction efforts in African American and Native American communities. The work consists of providing 3-day Heath Equity and Social Justice Workshops, Learning Lab sessions, participation in committees and workgroups, and providing general technical assistance and consultation services to MDHHS related to equity and social justice issues within their work.
Healthy Start Evaluation
MPHI’s Center for Child and Family Health (CCFH) supports the Ingham County Health Department's (ICHD) Healthy Start program by designing a program-specific evaluation plan and creating a custom data collection system. The Healthy Start evaluation provides ICHD with near real-time information on program implementation, progress toward programmatic goals, and progress toward federal reporting requirements. The custom data collection system, used by first-line staff members at ICHD, allows for efficiency and precision when gathering evaluation data.
Rape Prevention and Education Evaluation
The Rape Prevention and Education program promotes primary prevention initiatives and supports local programs to address sexual violence through education, training, community mobilization, coalition building, and policy and social norms change efforts. Michigan’s RPE program funds five local programs through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ Sexual Violence Prevention (SVP) Grants Program. MPHI's Center for Healthy Communities is the program evaluator for RPE. The RPE evaluation examines how sexual violence prevention strategies were implemented across the state, as well as what changes in knowledge, attitudes, behaviors, policies, and practices have happened as a result of implementing these strategies.
Maternal Child Health Block Grants Needs Assessment Facilitation and Support
MPHI facilitates Michigan’s needs assessment activities under the federal Maternal Child Health Block Grant (Title V). The Title V Block Grant supports states in identifying and addressing the most pressing needs among women, infants, children, and adolescents. In order to guide their efforts, states complete a large needs assessment every five years, as well as annual updates. MPHI’s Center for Healthy Communities (CHC) supports the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in assessing the state’s Maternal Child Health through designing and facilitating both the five year and annual needs assessment activities. CHC’s approach to needs assessment under the Block Grant is participatory, relies on multiple levels and types of data, and engages partners from across the maternal child health system in interpreting data, identifying needs, and setting priorities. CHC guided the state-level needs assessment in 2015 using this approach, and guided all 45 local health departments through a needs assessment process in 2017. Other assessment activities have included identifying strengths and gaps in consumer engagement and establishing a performance monitoring strategy.