Health http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org en Childhood trauma knows no geographical boundaries http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/childhood-trauma-knows-no-geographical-boundaries <p></p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 16:21:00 +0000 Kimberly Springer 513 at http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org Childhood trauma knows no geographical boundaries What's this about car seats and race? http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/whats-about-car-seats-and-race <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new study about race and car seat safety was released today. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Since the press release came out, there's been <a href="http://the information about safety gets lost and the findings about race are getting overblown.">more focus on race and less on safety</a>.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 20:56:03 +0000 Sarah Alvarez 487 at http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org What's this about car seats and race? Childhood trauma leads to significant health problems later in life http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/childhood-trauma-leads-significant-health-problems-later-life <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-432ef170-e19f-d76a-97b5-4c88b4b9db57"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); background-color: transparent; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><b>How We Talk about Trauma</b><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Usually we think of childhood trauma in terms of the social and emotional issues that can manifest later in life. Wed, 23 Oct 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Zak Rosen 425 at http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org Childhood trauma leads to significant health problems later in life Dental care at school, no appointment necessary http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/dental-care-school-no-appointment-necessary <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Beneath a purple poster for the Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and between shelves of books, a third grader slides into the vinyl dentist’s chair.</span></p><p>For most of the year, this space is the library at Congress Elementary in Grand Rapids. But since school began last week, this corner of the library has been a dentist’s office.</p><p>"Okay, open up big, I want to see those new teeth," says d<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ental hygienist Julie Hilton. </span></p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 10:37:00 +0000 Dustin Dwyer 389 at http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org Dental care at school, no appointment necessary In the Story Booth: why don't guys like ZUMBA? http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/story-booth-why-dont-guys-zumba <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The <a href="http://www.cornerhealth.org/">Corner Health Center </a>in </span>Ypsilanti<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a place adolescents and the children of adolescents can get affordable, high quality health care. &nbsp;Staff and patients at the Corner are featured in <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/why-arent-teenagers-taking-advantage-no-cost-insurance">this story</a> about why more</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Medicaid-</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">eligible&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">teenagers in the state aren't getting signed up.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We also took <a href="http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/michigan-radio/ff720b6772c2/sign-up-for-the-state-of-opportunity-storytelling-booth">State of Opportunity's story booth </a>to the clinic this summer to talk to teenagers involved in a summer fitness program called "Turn the Corner."&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The stories are full of honesty, humor and a fair amount of well-deserved teenage&nbsp;skepticism. Listen in to Josh </span>Cornett<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Desiree Trim, and&nbsp;</span>Reyannah<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Nelson Chambers share stories about body image, guys who like &nbsp;</span>ZUMBA<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and society needing to give teens the benefit of the doubt. </span></p><p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This audio postcard &nbsp;was produced by Gabrielle Emanuel.&nbsp;</span></em></p><p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Sarah Alvarez 387 at http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org In the Story Booth: why don't guys like ZUMBA? Why aren't teenagers taking advantage of no-cost insurance? http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/why-arent-teenagers-taking-advantage-no-cost-insurance <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Earlier this year,&nbsp;</span>Jacquise<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Purifoy<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> had a problem many people are familiar with. </span>Purifoy<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is an attorney, but she was between jobs and tangled in health insurance red tape, so she and her daughter went without health insurance for about half a year.</span></p><p>Purifoy&nbsp;admits she may have "buried her head in the sand," a little bit. She also says a combination of pride and a desire not to take up scarce government resources kept her from seeing if she could qualify her 17-year old daughter Jasmine for <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,4612,7-132-2943_4860-35199--,00.html">Medicaid or MIchild</a>.</p><p>Purifoy thinks she probably could have qualified for one of these state and federally funded insurance programs that come at no-cost to the beneficiary. But instead s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he made sure to take her daughter for a full range of preventative doctor visits before her insurance ran out, and then just hoped there wouldn't be an emergency before she was insured again.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Then she got a call from Jasmine, who has asthma and a heart condition.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 04:06:00 +0000 Sarah Alvarez 381 at http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org Why aren't teenagers taking advantage of no-cost insurance? Gap Watch: Food Allergy risk in children tied to race and ethnicity http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/gap-watch-food-allergy-risk-children-tied-race-and-ethnicity <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Royal Oak based Beaumont Children's Hospital is trying to raise awareness about a kids health disparity that until now has not gotten much attention, the gap in food allergies.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 17:47:10 +0000 Sarah Alvarez 371 at http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org Gap Watch: Food Allergy risk in children tied to race and ethnicity Drug shortages are affecting children in the NICU http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/drug-shortages-are-affecting-children-nicu <p>Earlier this month, we came across <a href="http://www.washingtonian.com/articles/print/2013/05/22/children-are-dying.php?src=longreads">this article in the Washingtonian entitled "Children Are Dying."</a> It blew our minds. Could babies really be dying in neonatal intensive care units across the country because of drug shortages? We decided to check it out for ourselves to see if it was happening in Michigan.</p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 332 at http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org Drug shortages are affecting children in the NICU What the research is showing about talking to and about your kids http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/what-research-showing-about-talking-and-about-your-kids <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Reporting on a University of Connecticut study, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The Atlanti</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">c prettied up data on </span><a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/04/how-parents-around-the-world-describe-their-children-in-charts/274955/" style="line-height: 1.5;">how parents around the world describe describe their children</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sarah </span>Harkness<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Charles Super, researchers in human development, found that, according to </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The Atlantic</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, "Not only are Americans far more likely to focus on their children's intelligence and cognitive skills, they are also far less likely to describe them as 'happy' or 'easy' children to parent." </span>Harkness<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> called this focus nearly obsessive in that it ignores other aspects of early childhood development.</span></p></div><p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 13:41:05 +0000 Kimberly Springer 270 at http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org What the research is showing about talking to and about your kids Smoke if you got 'em: The President's plan to pay for preschool with higher cigarette taxes http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/smoke-if-you-got-em-presidents-plan-pay-preschool-higher-cigarette-taxes <p>Yesterday, the White House released its<a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/Overview"> budget proposal</a> for the coming fiscal year, and we got our first detailed look at how the President intends to pay for his plan to make preschool available to all four year olds in the country. Basically, he's going to make smokers pay for it.</p><p>First, some bullet points:&nbsp;</p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 16:50:23 +0000 Dustin Dwyer 266 at http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org Smoke if you got 'em: The President's plan to pay for preschool with higher cigarette taxes