The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced $351 million in funding to 56 states, territories, and nonprofit organizations through its Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV Program) and approximately $23 million in funding to three new programs aimed at improving maternal health outcomes.
The MIECHV Program funds support communities to provide voluntary, evidence-based home visiting services to women during pregnancy, and to parents with young children up to kindergarten entry.
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) administered the grants, in partnership with the Administration for Children and Families (ACF).
The MIECHV Program supports pregnant women and families, particularly those considered at-risk, as they raise children who are physically, socially, and emotionally healthy and ready to succeed.
In addition to the MIECHV Program awards, HRSA is providing new funding to spark innovation, support maternal health service delivery, and address the high rates of both maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity (SMM) in the U.S.
HRSA is also granting $2.6 million through a cooperative agreement to implement the Supporting Maternal Health Innovation (Supporting MHI) Program, which will serve as a national resource center and provide capacity-building assistance to HRSA's maternal health grantees.
Plus, HRSA is awarding approximately $1.8 million through a cooperative agreement for the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) – Community Care Initiative, which supports the development and implementation of non-hospital focused maternal safety bundles within community-based organizations and outpatient clinical settings across the country.
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