By Dawn Humphrey Personal Health Services Supervisor for CMDHD OSCEOLA COUNTY\u00a0\u2014\u00a0Central Michigan District Health Department offers the Maternal and Infant Health\u00a0Program for women who are currently pregnant and for infants up to 1 year of age who are\u00a0enrolled in or are eligible for Medicaid insurance coverage. Visits are offered by experienced and\u00a0caring registered nurses, social workers and registered dietitians in the office, in the family\u2019s\u00a0home or other site most beneficial for the clients. The staff in the MIHP program provides parenting and childbirth education as well as\u00a0health, nutrition and infant and maternal bonding information. The goal of MIHP is to educate and\u00a0assist families to get to know all of the resources available to them in their communities and help\u00a0them access these services when needed. MIHP visits can be combined with WIC visits for\u00a0convenience. It has been shown by recent research that participation in MIHP does the following: n Pregnant women receive prenatal care earlier and more often n Infants receive well child care earlier and more often n There is a positive relationship between being on MIHP and having a healthy baby MIHP offers referrals and payment for childbirth education classes and parenting classes.\u00a0Staff can assist clients in accessing transportation help through their medicaid health plans as well\u00a0as providing some transportation assistance not covered by their health plan. Clients who\u00a0participate in MIHP value having someone to support them outside of their medical visits for care. Please contact your local Central Michigan District Health Department branch office for\u00a0more information.