Friday, April 22, 2011
- Ken Sikkema, Public Sector Consultants and former Senate Majority Leader on this week's broadcast edition of Michigan Public Radio's "A Look at the Week in State Politics".
Mr. Sikkema's comments were in response to a discussion about the legislature's proposal to force poor families to purchase their children's back-to-school clothes at thrift stores.
The full broadcast, which also discussed the school aid budget and other topics, can be listened to at:
“(MIHP) provides services for at-risk pregnant women and infants up to their first birthday,” says Michelle Schau, MSW, program coordinator.
“For the patients we’re privileged to serve, ‘at risk’ may mean they have limited or no financial resources to access the basic goods and services they need. To be eligible, patients must qualify for Michigan Medicaid.
“Although the program is completely voluntary, many women who choose CFC for prenatal care, choose to seek services of the (MIHP). Many patients lack adequate family support, whether emotional, physical or financial. We tailor our services around the needs of our patients. Education, case management and parenting classes are free of cost for our patients,” Schau said.
There are three disciplines involved in MIHP services.
Social workers provide case management. Registered nurses provide patient education, including what to expect during pregnancy, delivery and after birth. Dietitians provide guidance on eating well during pregnancy and following birth and education and proper nutrition for infants.
“This program really makes a difference in the quality of our patients’ lives,” says Mary Middleton, executive director. “Every time we deliver a healthy baby, it’s a success.”www.dowagiacnews.com/2011/04/21/maternal-infant-health-program-recertified/