Mich. gets $14.4M for home-visiting program

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is getting $14.4 million in federal funding for a home-visiting program that’s designed in part to reduce infant mortality, officials announced Monday.

The money is for the Michigan Department of Community Health’s Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program, and is being provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for federal fiscal years 2013 and 2014.

“This expansion grant is Michigan’s opportunity to further support prevention-focused home visiting in a number of at-risk Michigan communities,” James K. Haveman, MDCH director, said in a statement. “Expanding Michigan’s home visiting efforts is one of the key strategies identified in the effort to reduce our infant mortality rates.”

Michigan officials in recent years have worked to call attention to infant mortality in the state and come up with ways to reduce the problem.

The Home Visiting Program is designed to promote maternal, infant and early childhood health, development, and safety; school readiness; and strong parent-child relationships.

The newly announced money is in addition to $3.2 million Michigan received for the program in 2012, the state said.

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Online:

http://www.michigan.gov/homevisiting

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