health disparities http://michiganradio.org en Disturbing statistics about infant mortality reflect Michigan's health disparities http://michiganradio.org/post/disturbing-statistics-about-infant-mortality-reflect-michigans-health-disparities <p></p><p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Too many babies are dying in Michigan.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">That’s not speculation – that’s based on some disturbing statistics. And even now, in 2013, those statistics say that a baby’s chance of living past his or her first birthday <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/three-reasons-why-disparities-exist-infant-mortality-rates" target="_blank">can largely depend on the color of the baby’s skin.</a>&nbsp;</span><br style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">In Michigan, the infant mortality rate has been <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/trying-make-sense-michigans-high-infant-mortality-rate" target="_blank">persistently higher</a> than the national average.</span><br style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">More specifically, a baby born to a black mother is almost three times more likely to die before its first birthday than a baby born to a white mother.&nbsp;</span><br style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Michigan Radio's Dustin Dwyer <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/michigans-most-disturbing-disparity" target="_blank">reported in August</a> about Michigan's infant mortality disparity for<a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/" target="_blank"> State of Opportunity</a>:</span></p><blockquote><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Using a three-year moving average for Michigan’s mortality rate for</span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">African-American babies, we would be behind every advanced nation, tucked between countries like Malaysia and Syria.&nbsp;</span></p></blockquote><p> Tue, 14 May 2013 20:57:17 +0000 Stateside Staff 12565 at http://michiganradio.org Disturbing statistics about infant mortality reflect Michigan's health disparities Wayne v. Washtenaw, a case of drastic health disparities http://michiganradio.org/post/wayne-v-washtenaw-case-drastic-health-disparities <p></p><p>Men who live on one side of Rawsonville&nbsp;Rd. have a life expectancy that's six years longer than men on the other side.</p><p>In fact, the life expectancy for males in Washtenaw County is the equivalent of Switzerland, while in Wayne County it's the equivalent of Syria.&nbsp;</p><p>Ron French is a contributing writer for Bridge Magazine, and recently published a story about the health disparities between Wayne and Washtenaw counties, and spoke with us about what he found.</p><p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 20:57:34 +0000 Stateside Staff 12256 at http://michiganradio.org Wayne v. Washtenaw, a case of drastic health disparities State of Opportunity: Michigan's most disturbing disparity http://michiganradio.org/post/state-opportunity-michigans-most-disturbing-disparity <p>In Grand Rapids, African American infants are just<a href="https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2091rank.html"> slightly more likely to survive to their first birthday </a>than infants born in the Gaza Strip. Six years ago, Grand Rapids had the worst <a href="http://www.mdch.state.mi.us/pha/osr/annuals/Infant%20Deaths%202010.pdf">infant mortality rate</a> in the state. Today, it is sixth.</p> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 16:29:53 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8867 at http://michiganradio.org State of Opportunity: Michigan's most disturbing disparity "Dying before their time" in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/dying-their-time-detroit <p>Detroit residents over 50 are hospitalized more often and die earlier than people in other parts of the state.</p><p>That&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.daaa1a.org/DAAA/media/Dying%20Before%20Their%20Time%20II%20-%202012%20Final%20Report.pdf">according to a new report</a>, &ldquo;Dying Before Their Time II: The Startling Truth of Senior Mortality in Detroit and Other Urban Michigan Communities.&rdquo;</p><p>The difference between those two groups is starkest in the 50-59 age bracket.</p> Tue, 03 Jul 2012 00:22:11 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 8121 at http://michiganradio.org