Hanna-Attisha: 80% of Flint kids exposed to lead in water have learning disorders

BY: - March 14, 2020

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha tells “60 Minutes” on CBS that early testing results show that 80% of children exposed to lead during the Flint water crisis will require services for a language, learning or intellectual disorder. The Flint doctor, who rang the alarm in 2015 about kids with high lead levels after the state-appointed emergency manager […]


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 […]

Trump’s poverty line changes could crush Michiganders ‘barely getting by’

BY: and - February 17, 2020

Low-income Michiganders could face cuts to federal food, health care and heating assistance programs under proposed regulatory changes from the President Trump administration. The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is pushing changes to how the government calculates the official definition of poverty in the United States. The technical recalculation could have major […]

DHHS Chief Gordon: Foster care should be ‘treated as a last resort’

BY: - February 15, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget includes investments her administration says would result in fewer kids being moved into the foster care system. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) would see a boost of $8.6 million, with $5.4 million coming from the state’s General Fund, to address problems that often lead […]

‘We have an emergency’: U.S. House panel examines Black mothers, babies dying in Michigan

BY: - January 29, 2020

WASHINGTON — Black mothers and babies are dying at staggering rates in Michigan and throughout the United States.   The national statistics are alarming: Black women are three to four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related issues than white women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). American Indian women are also […]


Column: Help us with this ’10-year challenge’ and #CountAllKids in the 2020 census 

BY: - January 18, 2020

A lot can change in a decade — as anyone who has seen the “10-year challenge” on social media knows. Children grow from toddlers to pre-teens, teenagers “glow-up” into twenty-somethings.  As kids throughout Michigan grow over the next 10 years, they’ll need schools and libraries to learn, clinics and hospitals to keep them healthy, and […]

More kids on Medicaid to get health care in school

BY: - January 2, 2020

A mountain of evidence proves it: Good health translates to better student performance. Children who have high blood pressure or are obese perform worse academically than others. Children with asthma miss far more school. Students who have healthy diets, who are physically active, who abstain from alcohol and illicit drugs, get better grades. With that in mind, more than […]

Report: Michigan kids have higher cancer, asthma rates than national average

BY: - December 9, 2019

Children in Michigan are facing higher rates of asthma and pediatric cancer than the national average, according to a new report from the Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN). The fact sheet was released Monday morning following a telephone press conference hosted by CEHN Executive Director Nsedu Witherspoon. CEHN is a national nonprofit that advocates for […]


Column: Flavored e-cigarettes sweetly lure kids into vaping and also mislead them to dismiss danger, studies suggest

BY: - September 26, 2019

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Sept. 15 that he plans to pursue emergency regulations to quickly ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, making New York the second state to consider such a ban. Cuomo’s action came only days after the Trump administration called for a ban on flavored e-cigarettes in an effort to […]


Column: Michigan is failing children with tattered safety net 

BY: - September 12, 2019

As state legislators approve budgets for Fiscal Year 2020, it seems unlikely that anything will be done to rebuild the tattered safety net for children living in deep poverty.  Despite ongoing high levels of poverty, the number of children receiving basic income assistance through the Family Independence Program (FIP) fell from 151,000 in 2009 to […]