In brief

MDHHS invites public comment on Title V Block Grant application

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) invites the public to comment on the Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Services Block Grant application. Title V of the Social Security Act of 1935, as amended, provides funding to states to improve the health of mothers, infants and children, including children with special health care needs.

Per federal requirements, a five-year needs assessment was completed in 2015 and a summary is included in the application. Based on the needs assessment, the seven priorities for the State of Michigan for fiscal years (FY) 2016-2020 are aimed at improving the health of the MCH population:

• Reduce barriers, improve access and increase the availability of health services for all populations.

• Support coordination and linkage across the perinatal to pediatric continuum of care.

• Invest in prevention and early intervention strategies.

• Increase family and provider support and education for children with special health care needs.

• Increase access to and utilization of evidence based oral health practices and services.

• Foster safer homes, schools, and environments with a focus on prevention.

• Promote social and emotional well-being through the provision of behavioral health services.

These priorities are linked to seven national performance measures and four state performance measures across five federally-identified population domains: women/maternal health, perinatal/infant health, child health, adolescent health and children with special health care needs.— G.G.

Michigan First Responders deserve appreciation during national EMS Week

LANSING — National Emergency Medical Services Week is the perfect time to honor Michigan’s 27,000 EMS providers who provide life-saving services 365 days-a-year, the Michigan Association of Ambulance Services announced today.

May 19-25, is the 45th annual National EMS Week, a time to show appreciation for the members of emergency medical teams who provide lifesaving care to Michigan residents 24 hours-a-day/7 daysa week. EMS Week recognizes members of EMS teams who provide quality emergency care that dramatically improves the survival and recovery rate of those who experience illness or injury.

“EMS practitioners are on the front lines of emergency medicine, helping Michiganders get the medical care they need, no matter when or where help is needed,” said MAAS Executive Director Angela Madden. “EMS Week is an excellent time to show our gratitude for the vital public service they provide residents 365 days-a-year.”

Michigan currently has 27,000 EMS providers, 831 life support agencies and more than 2,400 licensed life support vehicles, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ Bureau of EMS, Trauma and Preparedness.

The Michigan Association of Ambulance Services is a statewide trade association representing and advocating for ambulance services. Last year, MAAS members were responsible for nearly 900,000 or 63 percent of ambulance transports in Michigan. MAAS members also provide community paramedicine, ER diversion and 9-1-1 services in several areas of Michigan.

Details: Visit www.miambulance.org. — G.G.