LANSING -- (WKZO) A new kids count report issued Monday Morning says kids in minority families and in certain parts of the state are not getting the right start on life. Calhoun and Berrien counties in our area were singled out by health officials as in need of improvement.
Too many low birth weight babies are being born because of poor prenatal care, and too many pregnant moms are smoking during their pregnancies.
They recommend approval of a health care exchange to implement the Affordable healthcare act.
They also recommend the state fund the recommendations of the 2011Summiton Infant Mortality.
They say the state should also strengthen safety net programs like cash assistance and food stamps, two programs they just cut back.
Kalamazoo County ranks 41st among Michigan’s 83 counties when it comes to prenatal care and birth weights. There are fewer pregnant teens these days in the county, but the trend over the last ten years is for more unwed mothers. Calhoun County ranked 72nd, near the bottom.