Child abuse and neglect worsens in Michigan, causing major worries during COVID-19 

BY: - April 29, 2020

In almost every county in the state, the number of children subject to abuse and neglect has increased, according to a new report by the Lansing-based think tank the Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP). From 2010 until 2018, the most recent year of data, the number of children in families investigated for abuse or […]

Michigan sees COVID-19 deaths almost double in a day

BY: - March 25, 2020

Forty-three people have now died of COVID-19 in Michigan — up from 24 reported on Tuesday.  A statewide coronavirus hotline is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1-888-535-6136. Information can be found on the DHHS website or the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention website. There are […]


Coronavirus threatened to shut down March is Reading Month. So educators got creative.

BY: - March 21, 2020

A year ago, classrooms of students would be lined up in desks or sitting in circles on the floor while teachers read their favorite books aloud in celebration of March is Reading Month.  But this year, amid the COVID-19 pandemic that closed schools and libraries, everyone is getting creative to ensure that students are still […]

Detroit schools revamp free meal program during COVID-19 crisis

BY: - March 19, 2020

A steady line of Detroit adults stopped by Mackenzie Elementary and Middle School on Wednesday to take advantage of Detroit Public Schools Community District’s (DPSCD) free breakfast, lunch and educational enrichment offerings during the state-mandated closing in response to the coronavirus.  In all, the state’s largest school district serviced 26,000 students and families.  Monique Campbell […]

Hanna-Attisha: Any lead testing results in Flint kids underestimate exposure

BY: - March 18, 2020

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the Flint pediatrician, professor and advocate who was instrumental in exposing the severity of the city’s water crisis in 2015, appeared on “60 Minutes” with CBS Sunday to speak about her program for Flint children and what early lead testing results in her comprehensive study have looked like so far. “There is […]

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 […]