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The UP MOM Program

Upper Peninsula Maternal Opioid Misuse Model (UP MOM)
The Upper Peninsula Maternal Opioid Misuse (UP MOM) program supports the needs of the whole person allowing women to focus on a healthy pregnancy and well-being after birth for both mom and infant.

The UPMOM Program utilizes a Community Health Worker (CHW) Model to provide support for women who are pregnant and up to 12 months postpartum and who have had a history of, or are currently experiencing, opioid use disorder (OUD). Each woman is screened for Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) by their CHW to identify needs, refer to assistance, and follow the enrollee to remove barriers to health. This allows women to focus on a healthy pregnancy and well-being after birth and on, providing for the well-being of the whole family.

Research evaluating the impact of CHW’s during pregnancy has demonstrated potential benefits such as; reduced Emergency Room utilization, reduced NICU stay, increased breastfeeding initiation, and improved access to preventative and social services targeting maternal and infant health outcomes.

Social Determinants
All UPMOM enrollees are screened for SDoH needs. The three most common needs identified are:

  1. Transportation
  2. Housing
  3. Communication (phone/internet)

UP MOM Model Consortium
The program is guided by a consortium of stakeholders and partners including:

    • Upper Peninsula Health Plan (UPHP)
    • Marquette County Health Department
    • Michigan Opioid Collaborative (MOC)
    • Delta Menominee Public Health
    • LMAS District Health Department
    • Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan
    • OSF St. Francis Hospital
    • Chippewa County Health Department
    • MyMichigan Health Center Sault
    • Western U.P. Health Deparmtent
    • Northcare Network
    • Great Lakes Recovery Center (GLRC)
    • UP Health System – Marquette
    • Housing organizations
    • Local parenting groups

Results & Expansion
Marquette County was the first region in which the UPMOM Model services became available. In less than a year, the program has already demonstrated an impact on a number of key health metrics:

    • Improved timeliness of obstetrics (OB) care
    • Increased compliance with medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder
    • Increased participation and engagement in home visiting programs
    • Decreased NICU admission for symptoms of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS)
    • Reductions in aggregate risk scoring
    • Reduced health care costs

The UPMOM Model has expanded and is now available in 8 UP counties! Persons residing in Baraga, Chippewa, Delta, Gogebic, Houghton, Keweenaw, Marquette or Ontonagon County are now eligible to participate.

Perinatal Substance Use Disorder Workgroup
Individuals are invited to the Regional 1 Perinatal Quality Collaborative PSUD Workgroup meetings hosted bi-monthly. Workgroup meetings are being held virtually at this time. To learn more or join, click here. Link coming soon!