About Us

The Infant Health Action Team (IHAT) was created to reduce infant mortality, eliminate racial disparities in birth outcomes, and improve maternal and infant health. Using a racial equity lens, the IHAT promotes family health and well-being through the work of committees. The IHAT and its committees are open to anyone wishing to join or have a passion to serve.

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  • Reduce low birth weight and pre-term births
  • Reduce infant deaths by unsafe sleep
  • Address social determinants of health
  • Coordinate and collaborate with community partners

IHAT Progress Report for 2022-2023


Second Tuesday, every even number month, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., currently hybrid meetings.

Please contact barb.hawkins-palmer@kentcountymi.gov for more information.


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IHAT Coalitions & Committees

Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR)
The IHAT serves as the Community Action Team for FIMR, taking the Review Teams Recommendations and disseminating to the appropriate system or agency. Some recommendations are adopted by IHAT committees for implementation.