Michigan is getting $14.4 million in federal funding for a home-visiting program that's designed in part to reduce infant mortality in the state.
Money for the Michigan Department of Community Health's Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program was announced Monday. It's from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for federal fiscal years 2013 and 2014.
The program is designed to promote maternal, infant and early childhood health, development, and safety; school readiness; and strong parent-child relationships.
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 newly announced money is in addition to $3.2 million that Michigan previously received for the program in 2012.