infant mortality

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Two community groups hope to start a conversation about infant mortality in Kalamazoo County. They're holding two public forums about the link between racism and the county's high death rate for black babies.

Cradle Kalamazoo Focuses On Infant Deaths

Dec 3, 2018
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A group in Kalamazoo hopes to cut the area's high infant mortality rate for poor and minority families.

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(MPRN-Lansing) Infant death rates in Michigan are down overall. But race and income still seem to make a difference in whether children live past their first birthday. 

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The CEO of YWCA Kalamazoo says “In 30 years we don’t want to be talking about infant mortality in Kalamazoo.” Grace Lubwama says Cradle Kalamazoo will include a new hotline to help connect pregnant women to resources. 

Smoking By Pregnant Mothers See A Spike

Nov 17, 2016
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(MPRN-Lansing) More Michigan mothers are smoking while pregnant. A new report from the Michigan League for Public Policy shows between 2008 and 2014 the rate of expectant mothers smoking increased by 18 percent in Michigan.