Through the Maternal and Infant Community Health Collaborative (MICHC) initiative, Mohawk Valley Perinatal Network is working to improve maternal and infant health outcomes for high-need, low income women and their families. Key priority outcomes include reducing:

  • Preterm Births, births occurring before 37 weeks gestation (of pregnancy);
  • Low Birth Weight, an infant weighing less than 2,500 grams at birth;
  • Infant Mortality, an infant death from the time of birth until the day of the infant’s first birthday; and
  • Maternal Mortality, death of a woman while pregnant or within 42 days of termination of pregnancy, due to complications of the pregnancy.


The Perinatal Network is collaborating with community partners to implement strategies to:

  • Find and engage high-need women and their families in health insurance, health care and other needed community services, such as mental health, substance abuse, and domestic violence;
  • Assess the woman’s needs and make referrals to services to address those needs;
  • Coordinate services across community programs; and
  • Promote opportunities for women and families to engage in healthy behaviors.


MICHC strategies and activities address maternal and infant health behaviors across the life course…

  • Preconception: staying healthy before pregnancy, whether or not a pregnancy is planned.
  • Prenatal: staying healthy during pregnancy.
  • Postpartum: staying healthy just after birth.
  • Interconception: staying healthy between pregnancies;


…and at multiple levels:

  • Individual/Family: using Community Health Workers to assist women and their families to access needed health and social services.
  • Community: working to improve community conditions and opportunities that make it easier for people to make healthy choices.
  • Organizational: working with health and social service agencies and other community organizations to promote healthy behaviors and improve access to resources and services.

Contact Us

Mohawk Valley Perinatal Network
3 Parkside Court, Building 2
Utica, NY 13501

Phone: 315-732-4657
Toll Free: 1-877-267-6193
Fax: 315-732-5640


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