Health http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org en Day care policies: Here's the one that's sending parents to the E.R. http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/day-care-policies-heres-one-thats-sending-parents-er <p>Here's the dilemma: You are one of the many American parents with a kid in day care. The kid gets a sniffle or a cold. The day care calls you to take them home. You have to take a sick day. And now, you have to get a doctor's note just to get your kid back into day care.&nbsp;</p><p>The need for that note is sending a lot of parents to the emergency room or urgent care unnecessarily, says Dr. Andrew Hashikawa, an emergency doctor at the University of Michigan. And those barely sick kids? There's no need to keep them out of day care.</p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 23:05:00 +0000 Megha Satyanarayana 614 at http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org Day care policies: Here's the one that's sending parents to the E.R. Guggenheim winner to study poverty, mental health and Native American culture http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/guggenheim-winner-study-poverty-mental-health-and-native-american-culture <p>Times are incredibly tough for Native American children. Poverty, unemployment and abuse are just some of the issues plaguing the nation's tribes, according to a <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/the-hard-lives--and-high-suicide-rate--of-native-american-children/2014/03/09/6e0ad9b2-9f03-11e3-b8d8-94577ff66b28_story.html">recent article</a> in the Washington Post. Here's an excerpt:</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 572 at http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org Guggenheim winner to study poverty, mental health and Native American culture Growing up in poverty and pollution http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/growing-poverty-and-pollution <p>In Michigan, thousands of kids suffer with diseases that are worsened by poverty and pollution. It's a combination that's costing society far more than most people know.&nbsp;</p><p>What issues do health experts think are causing these problems? Why&nbsp;haven't policy-makers come up with the money to fix these problems? What is the price of allowing these problems go ignored? We'll answer these questions in this hour long documentary, Growing Up in Poverty and Pollution.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Lester Graham 574 at http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org Growing up in poverty and pollution New documentary on growing up in poverty and pollution http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/new-documentary-growing-poverty-and-pollution <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Reports about pollution and environmental degradation can easily seem like something that happens </span><a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/137528332/air-pollution" style="line-height: 1.5;">somewhere else</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And when the impact isn't visible on the surface, the health effects can go unchecked and be devastating for children.</span></p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:39:42 +0000 Kimberly Springer 571 at http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org New documentary on growing up in poverty and pollution 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?