Michigan Right Start 2009 – 2014
Listed below are narratives ONLY
Right Start in Michigan’s Legacy Cities: Inequity Begins at Birth, 2014
As Michigan retools for a post-industrial economy, it must address the needs of its legacy cities. These cities have borne the brunt of the state’s long sustained economic decline and dwindling resources, but they continue to be the home for a substantial share of young children. On a range of indicators of maternal and infant well-being babies born to women living in these cities are much worse off than those born in the out-county areas.
Right Start in Michigan and Its Great Start Collaboratives 2013: Trends in Maternal and Infant Well-Being
From the very beginning of life, children experience vastly different circumstances. Public policy can ease or exacerbate these disparities. The sustained public health and education campaign to reduce teen pregnancy and birth shows the success of such focus over the past two decades. By 2011, the state’s teen birth rate was half of what it was in 1990. In other areas of maternal and infant well-being, Michigan has not seen such progress.
Right Start in Michigan 2012: A Closer Look at Maternal and Infant Well-Being Unequal opportunity begins at birth. Not all Michigan babies are born in good health, and the risk of an unhealthy birth is greater among low-income and less-educated mothers. Women who have grown up in poverty and its attendant deprivations are also more likely to suffer from health problems before becoming pregnant. Inequalities in family and community resources often compound the birth inequities that then intensify during early childhood. Full report | News release
Right Start in Michigan–2011: Michigan Mothers and Their Babies: Overview and Trends 2000-2009 As Michigan seeks to revitalize its economy, the well-being of the next generation of students, citizens, parents and workers must be strengthened. Despite the state’s population loss in the last decade, most people who are born in Michigan stay in the state to be close to their families and friends. Full report | Executive Summary | Press release: Teen births down, unwed births up
Right Start in Michigan–2010: The Other Half Recent Michigan birth records reveal broad inequities among Michigan communities for mothers and their infants. Racial disparities persist and some key measures present troubling trends. Read more | Talking points
Right Start in Michigan–2009: Maternal and Infant Well-Being in County Groups Efforts to improve the lives of young children so more of them can enter school eager to learn and ready to succeed must begin at the beginning–by improving the chances for more infants to have a healthy start. Read more | Executive summary