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MIHA Successes: Using Data to Improve Maternal and Infant Health


MIHA results are used to improve our understanding of emerging health issues and monitor progress in improving the health of mothers and infants across California. These findings inform decisions, influence changes in public health programs and clinical practice, and assist program planners in targeting limited resources.

  Do you use MIHA data in your work? Please tell us how you use MIHA data to improve the health of mothers and infants in California.


MIHA provides data to meet reporting mandates

MIHA provides data for multiple reporting mandates across CDPH, including the Health Resources and Services Administration Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant, the primary funding source for State and Local MCAH Programs throughout California.


MIHA informs Zika Virus emergency response

Multistate data from MIHA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) highlight the need for strategies to increase access to contraceptive methods and related services, reduce the risk for unintended pregnancy, and minimize the number of pregnancies affected by Zika infection. State-based estimates of contraception use were provided for postpartum women at risk for unintended pregnancy.  

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    MIHA results inform efforts to enroll women who are eligible for but do not enroll in WIC during pregnancy

    MIHA data are used by state and local WIC program directors to inform grant writing activities and customize outreach strategies to address specific barriers to participation in WIC during pregnancy. A recent report provides new insights for State and Local WIC agencies seeking to increase enrollment during pregnancy among eligible women. Using 2010-2012 MIHA data, this report describes why eligible pregnant women do not participate in WIC. The percent of women reporting each reason for not participating is shown for the 10 counties with the most births in California and for subgroups by race/ethnicity and other characteristics. 

                            Making Connections: Understanding Women's Reasons for not Enrolling in WIC during Pregnancy, 2010-2012

    Multistate data from MIHA and PRAMS were used to estimate how many women were eligible for but not enrolled in WIC during pregnancy, and to describe their characteristics and risks. Results identify the scope of WIC outreach needed to include more eligible nonparticipants in WIC and whom to target. 

  • MIHA provides data to monitor infant feeding and care practices

    MIHA collects data used to monitor progress towards achieving Healthy People 2020 objectives for breastfeeding initiation, duration and exclusivity, and hospital and worksite support for breastfeeding mothers and infants. These data are used to celebrate successes and to identify opportunities to better protect, promote, and support breastfeeding in California.

  •             Workplace Breastfeeding Support in California Infographic


    MIHA findings used in developing oral health guidelines

    In 2009, the California Dental Association (CDA) Foundation and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, District IX, convened an expert panel to review the relationship between health and oral health status, treatment of oral diseases, and pregnancy outcomes. MIHA results describing who lacks sufficient oral health care and risk factors for not receiving that care in pregnancy were presented. As a result of the expert panel review, the CDA Foundation developed new evidence-based guidelines encouraging delivery of oral health care to women before, during and after pregnancy.

  • MIHA partners with CDC PRAMS to develop new Healthy People 2020 Objectives

    The development of nine Healthy People 2020 Maternal, Infant and Child Health Objectives allows California to compare the well-being of our maternal and infant population to national benchmarks. The new objectives address multiple maternal health factors prior to pregnancy, including preconception health discussions with providers, folic acid use, tobacco use, alcohol use and healthy weight. Additional objectives address postpartum contraceptive use, relapse of smoking postpartum, receipt of a postpartum visit, and placing infants on their backs to sleep.


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