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Early Childhood Advisory Council



The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), Bureau of Maternal and Child Health, is pleased to announce a Request for Applications (RFA) to support community-based programs to improve maternal and infant health outcomes for high-need women and families in targeted communities, and to reduce racial, ethnic and economic disparities in those outcomes. 

According to a letter recently released by Rachel deLong, Director of the Division of Family Health at the NYS Department of Health:


"The Request for Applications consists of two components. 

Component A: Maternal and Infant Community Health Collaboratives (MICHC)
integrates and replaces NYSDOH's current community-based perinatal health programs - including the Comprehensive Prenatal - Perinatal Services Networks, Community Health Worker Program, and the Healthy Mom - Health Baby Prenatal and Postpartum Home Visiting initiative - to develop multi-dimensional community-wide systems of integrated and coordinated community health programs and services to improve maternal and infant health outcomes. The MICHC program will support collaborative development, implementation and coordination of evidence-based and/or best practice strategies designed to achieve a set of performance standards, including:

  • Enrolling high-need women and infants in health insurance;
  • Engaging high-need women and infants in health care and other supportive services appropriate to their needs;
  • Identifying and addressing the medical, behavioral and psychosocial risk factors of high-need women and infants through timely and coordinated counseling, management, referral and follow-up; and
  • Ensuring supports and opportunities within the community to help high-need women to be engaged in and maintain healthy behaviors and reduce or eliminate risky behaviors.

Approximately $13.79 million is available to fund approximately 20-25 MICHC projects, with annual funding per project ranging from a maximum of $200,000 to $1,200,000, based on the level of need in the geographic target area and the scope of the proposed project.

Component B: Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV)
 will support expansion, enhancement and/or establishment of specific evidence-based home visiting programs that have been shown to positively impact maternal health, child health and child maltreatment outcomes, i.e. Nurse Family Partnership and Healthy Families New York. The MIECHV program focuses on implementation of evidence-based home visiting programs as a specific effective strategy for improving outcomes for high-need women and families, and is driven by three overarching goals:

  • Improve pregnancy outcomes for high-need women and babies.
  • Improve children's health and development.
  • Strengthen family functioning and life course."

If you have any questions, please contact Fran Mazzariello, Bureau of Maternal and Child Health at .  

For more information and to view the RFA, please click here.

Thank you for your interest in the Early Childhood Advisory Council. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact:

NYS Early Childhood Advisory Council



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