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Amber Bellazaire

Amber Bellazaire

Amber Bellazaire joined the Michigan League for Public Policy as a policy analyst in June of 2019. Her work primarily focuses on state policy and budgets affecting Michigan’s Medicaid programs. Previously, Amber worked at the National Conference of State Legislatures tracking legislation and research related to injury and violence prevention, adolescent health, and maternal and child health.

COMMENTARY

Column: This is our best shot at defeating COVID-19

By: - April 12, 2021

Dr. Anthony Fauci has been asked whether the United States is “turning a corner” and can soon expect to see an end to the coronavirus pandemic. He has refrained from saying that is so. And I get it! No matter how much we want to believe that this summer will be entirely different compared to […]

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Column: Broadening postpartum coverage could boost maternal health

By: - August 27, 2020

About five months ago, I became a mom.  I met my daughter in the early hours of the morning, and the days since have been the best and hardest of my life. It has been a time of healing and rapid learning. A time when feelings of exhaustion, wonder and frustration mingle and fluctuate, sometimes […]

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Column: How I learned to accept the unexpected in pregnancy

By: - February 28, 2020

In about one month, I will give birth for the first time. I’m at the stage of pregnancy when getting in and out of my car feels celebratory. Sometimes I have heartburn. Occasionally, my feet and ankles swell. Mostly though, I feel excited to meet my baby, someone who for months has felt real only […]

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Column: Sex education needs less fear, more information to be effective

By: - December 27, 2019

I have only vague memories of my high school sex ed class. I remember sandwiched between a chapter on healthy eating and daily physical activity, a few pages of text and troubling photos highlighting the risks of untreated sexually transmitted infections (STIs). That’s about it. Abstain or be afraid of what could happen. Absent from […]

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Column: We know Medicaid work requirements won’t work

By: - December 7, 2019

Punitive and problematic Healthy Michigan Plan work requirements are set to take effect on Jan. 1, putting the health care it provides for over half-million residents in jeopardy.   And while lawmakers continue to ignore concerns from Healthy Michigan Plan enrollees, medical professionals, state and national health advocates, and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the lack of legislative […]