The New York Times: The States That College Graduates Are Most Likely to Leave

“Lots of talented young people all over the country are eager to see new sights — what is different, and a problem for Michigan is that we have an unusually low rate of immigration,” said Charley Ballard, a regional economist at Michigan State University, in an email. Nov 22, 2016 — The New York Times

Jenny Kinne

Jenny Kinne

Jenny Kinne

Jenny Kinne joined the League staff as community engagement specialist in 2016. Prior to joining the League, she worked for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, serving as West Michigan community organizer, where she built volunteer programming and community training initiatives to foster political activism.

Jenny holds a Bachelor of Arts in international relations and literature from American University.

Contact: jkinne@mlpp.org

 

Wood TV: Study: More pregnant women in Michigan smoking

Study: More pregnant woman in Michigan smoking The Michigan League for Public Policy’s annual report on maternal and child health shows that the number of women smoking while pregnant increased 18 percent between 2008 and 2014. Nov 17, 2016 — Wood TV

WILX: Report shows more pregnant women are smoking in Michigan

The latest Kids Count report shows more pregnant women are smoking in Michigan.

The number is up 18% statewide in the last 6 years. It’s up 64% in Jackson, 166% in Lansing. The head of the Kids Count project says the best way to lower that rate is to keep people from starting smoking in the first place. She wants the state to help out more. Nov 17, 2016 — WILX

Helping all kids get the right start

As someone working in this field, I am far too familiar with the importance of maternal health to child development. During my pregnancy, I was constantly stressing myself out trying to make sure that I was eating all of the right things, exercising enough, gaining enough weight—but not too much. I tried my best—with all of my resources and supports—to increase the likelihood of a healthy birth. It’s hard to imagine smoking during my pregnancy—even back in 2008 when my daughter was born. Yet, in Michigan nearly one in five births in 2014 was to a mother who smoked during her pregnancy. That’s actually an increase from 2008.

Why, in 2014, were so many expectant moms smoking and why has it increased? The Right Start: 2016 Annual Report on Maternal and Child Health – Mothers Smoking During Pregnancy Increased Since 2008, Disparities Exist by Race & Place reveals that state efforts targeted to help pregnant women quit smoking are very minimal. Tobacco Settlement dollars continue to be redirected to support unrelated activities and the tobacco industry spends nearly $190 on marketing for every $1 dollar spent by the state on smoking prevention. The American Lung Association grades Michigan an “F” in funding for smoking prevention and cessation and for access to these programs. (more…)

Lansing State Journal: Putnam: Alarming trend in smoking while pregnant

There’s been a jaw-dropping jump in the percent of pregnant women in Michigan who smoke, and Lansing and Meridian Township have some of the biggest increases across the state.

A new report out today by the Kids Count project at the Michigan League for Public Policy documents the trend. Nearly one in three Lansing women smoked during pregnancy. Nov 17, 2016 — Lansing State Journal

MLive: More Michigan women are smoking during pregnancy, Kids Count report say

Smoking among pregnant women in Michigan is on the increase, a worrisome trend that correlates to an increase in premature births, according to a Kids Count report released today. About 21 percent of expectant women were smokers in 2014 compared to 18 percent in 2008, said the report, which was produced by the Michigan League for Public Policy. Nov 17, 2016 — MLive

WLNS: Study: Mothers smoking during pregnancy on rise in state

The rate of expectant mothers in Michigan who reported smoking while pregnant increased by 18 percent between 2008 and 2014, according to a new report released today. Preterm births (less than 37 weeks gestation) also increased 20 percent statewide during that same time period. Nov 17, 2016 — WLNS

Public News Service: Report: Pregnant Michiganders Smoking at Alarming Rates

Smoking during pregnancy can cause a multitude of negative health outcomes for a child, yet pregnant women in Michigan are lighting up at higher rates now than they were several years ago. There has been an 18 percent increase in the smoking rate among pregnant women since 2008, according to data released Thursday by the Michigan League for Public Policy. Nov 17, 2017 — Public News Service

New report shows 18 percent rate increase statewide in pregnant women smoking

For Immediate Release: November 17, 2016

Contact: Alex Rossman
arossman@mlpp.org
517.487.5436

Smoking, other maternal and child health factors worse by race and geography

LANSING—The rate of expectant mothers in Michigan who reported smoking while pregnant increased by 18 percent between 2008 and 2014, according to a new report released today. The number of preterm births (less than 37 weeks gestation) also increased significantly over the time period, with the rate going up by 20 percent statewide.

This information and other surprising data are found in the Michigan League for Public Policy’s Right Start: 2016 annual report on maternal and child health, which reviews eight indicators on maternal and child health from 2008 to 2014 for the state, by race, by county and for 22 of the state’s larger cities and townships. In 2008, 21,966 Michigan mothers, or 18 percent of all births, reported smoking during pregnancy. That number increased to 24,273 and 21 percent of births statewide in 2014. Smoking during pregnancy is associated with preterm births, babies with low birthweight, infant deaths and other complications. (more…)

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