The UP MOM Program
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 UP MOM 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.
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.
UP MOM Model Consortium
The Upper Peninsula Maternal Opioid Misuse Model (UP MOM) is comprised of a consortium of stakeholder organizations in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (UP) to implement the Community Health Worker (CHW) Model for Care Coordination. The model continues to be implemented at key locations throughout the region for the vulnerable population of pregnant and post partum women who have experienced Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). By providing oversight, training opportunities, and access to a collaborative network of service provider organizations, the goals of the UP MOM Model Program are to remove barriers to receiving treatment, and thereby, improving patient engagement in treatment and ultimately, health outcomes for mothers and infants.
The intent of the program is to provide a dedicated coordinator for pregnant Medicaid beneficiaries who are struggling with OUD. Through the utilization of a CHW, beneficiaries will be enrolled in existing support programs identified through the UP MOM program CHW and other assistance programs. The CHW will also assist in identifying parenting education, housing, and transportation needs of the enrollee after pregnancy through the first 12 months after birth.
UP MOM Workgroups
Organizations are invited to the county specific workgroups hosted monthly. Workgroup meetings are being held virtually at this time. To learn more or join, click the button below.