Region 1 Perinatal Care System Collaborative

The Upper Peninsula Perinatal Collaborative was formed in July of 2017 to support the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ (MDHHS) Regional Perinatal Care System goal of ensuring mothers and babies are healthy and thriving across our region.  A motivated and diverse group of stakeholders from across the region, representing Community Mental Health agencies, Federally Qualified Health Centers, Early Childhood Education and Early/Head Start Program agencies, the Michigan Public Health Institute, Tribal Health and Human Services, Health Departments, Planned Parenthood, Upper Peninsula Health Plan, Upper Peninsula Health Care Solutions and  its network of member hospitals and hospital-affiliated clinics, are active participants of the Collaborative.

The Region 1 Collaborative is pleased to join the existing Regional Perinatal Care System Initiatives across the state, and support the shared goal of improving birth outcomes for mothers and babies, including the elimination of health disparities across its 15-county region.  Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) and maternal opioid use have emerged as key priority areas for our region, as the Upper Peninsula has the highest incidence of NAS in Michigan. The planning phase of the Regional Perinatal Collaborative, supported by funding from the MDHHS began in late 2017 and focuses on building a locally linked, coordinated network to support the highest standards of health for mothers and their babies in the UP.

2017-18 project activities include:

  • Convening the UP Regional Perinatal Collaborative regularly and recruiting people, who represent organizations germane to our goals, to add to our roster of over 80 members.
  • Researching, funding and promulgating workforce development opportunities that are pertinent to NAS and perinatal care for collaborative members.
  • Through a partnership with the Michigan Public Health Institute, complete a multi-faceted cross-system needs, resources and opportunities NAS assessment for Marquette County.

Compilation, distribution and maintenance of resource directories targeted at mothers and families, health care providers, and service agencies in the Upper Peninsula.

Contact us to learn more about the Region 1 Collaborative effort.