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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.

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People who are currently experiencing opioid use disorder (OUD), being treated for OUD, and are in recovery or remission and;

People who are pregnant

People who are less than or equal to 12 months post partum,

People living in Marquette, Chippewa, or Delta Counties. 

A community health worker is a frontline public health worker who has a unique understanding of the pregnant and postpartum individual experiencing opioid use disorder (OUD). This trusting relationship enables the worker to serve as a liaison between health and social services and the individual to improve the health outcomes of mom and infant. Any health care professional may request the assistance of a CHW to coordinate:

  • Ongoing medical or social service appointments
  • Completing forms for transportation, housing, clothing, and food assistance
  • Family education and supportive parenting groups
  • Referral coordination upon discharge

Anyone can refer to the UPMOM program. If you are part of the health care team, it is likely that your patient may be interested in multiple programs and resources. To refer the individual to all resources, you may use the Universal Referral Form by clicking the button below. 

Please indicate in the notes that the individual has a history of OUD or would like to be connected with UPMOM. 

If you are interested in the UPMOM program, you may confidentially connect with a coordinator to assist you in enrolling and getting the assistance you need for a healthy pregnancy and support after baby is born. The coordinator is also referred to as a Community Health Worker and she will work with you to navigate things like housing, utilities and bills, food assistance, prenatal appointments, outpatient appointments or transportation. 

To get started, click the “Connect Me” button below. 

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.