Children & Families

About 1 in 5 children in Michigan live in poverty. Bridge will explore the reasons behind this disturbing result and the ideas to address it.


In Michigan emergency rooms, a chance missed in the opioid crisis

September 27, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Michigan lacks ER treatment with an opioid substitute that is saving lives in other states

Inspired by Parkland, a surge in young voter registration in Michigan

September 13, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Data obtained by Bridge show a spike in adults under 30 joining state voter rolls. But will young adults, who tend to vote Democratic, actually show up this fall? Or will they revert to form?

Timeline: President Trump’s efforts to repeal, dismantle Obamacare

September 11, 2018 | Bridge Staff

In light of news that the Affordable Care Act appears to be stabilizing in Michigan, here's a look back at all of the attempts by President Donald Trump to dismantle the program.

Wobbly but upright, Obamacare still standing in Michigan

September 11, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

While it’s taken some hits, the Affordable Care Act is proving resilient. Premiums in Michigan are expected to flatten next year after years of spikes.

Where Michigan governor candidates stand on Obamacare, other health issues

September 11, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Democrat Gretchen Whitmer and Republican Bill Schuette offer Michigan voters a clear choice on healthcare issues. And nowhere are their policy differences more stark than on the Affordable Care Act.

Child care for this baby costs more than the University of Michigan

August 28, 2018 | Ron French, Mike Wilkinson

Politicians have plenty to say about college costs. Yet child care expenses can have a bigger impact for many families and businesses. And Michigan has done little to help middle-and-low-income parents.

Preschool works wonders for Flint water crisis kids. But funding is running out.

June 6, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

An innovative –  but expensive preschool –  is showing dramatic gains for youths exposed to lead in Flint. Money for operations runs out next year.

Michigan Roulette: The rise of a deadly street opioid

May 16, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

A street version of fentanyl is now responsible for more overdose deaths in Michigan than prescription medications. And white, working-class communities surrounding Detroit have been hit hardest of all.

For opioid addicts in Michigan, online help when no doctor is near

May 16, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

A clinic in Ann Arbor tackles opioid addiction with the help of the Internet

Facing deportation, he needs a miracle. A Detroit church may provide one.

January 30, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

An immigrant housed in a Detroit church to avoid deportation and his supporters talk about fears, hopes and why they think their plan could work

Amid brutal flu season, who gets vaccinated? Check our Michigan map.

January 30, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Rural counties in Michigan and poor cities like Detroit are at the bottom for flu immunization

Raped and left on the road, she said #MeToo. Jurors said ‘No, not you.’

December 14, 2017 | Kidada E. Williams, Danielle L. McGuire

Michigan has made huge strides testing sexual assault evidence. But even in this era of reckoning, black women are deemed unworthy of rape.

Say her name: Shawana Hall. She is a hero.

December 14, 2017 | Kidada E. Williams, Danielle L. McGuire

Shawana Hall had a troubled life but persevered. She spoke up against all odds.

Price of specialty drugs spikes in Michigan

December 12, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

Michigan multiple sclerosis patients face a looming crisis in how to pay for medications that can cost upwards of $80,000 a year

CHIP health funding for Michigan children in jeopardy

December 5, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

After federal funds lapse for a popular program, insurance for more than 100,000 lower-income children is in limbo.

Flint lead pipe replacement could be jeopardized by CHIP stalemate

December 5, 2017 | Jim Malewitz

Michigan is spending $119 million in children's health funds to remove lead hazards from home.

Are teen prison rapes a violation of civil rights? A Michigan court is about to decide.

November 16, 2017 | Ron French

More than 900 juvenile prisoners have filed suit claiming they were harmed, some of them sexually, while being housed with adult inmates. Their case might never make it to a jury.

Detroit demo blitz linked to rising lead levels in children

November 13, 2017 | Joel Kurth, Mike Wilkinson

(With map) City’s former health leader charges that officials considered health concerns a ‘nuisance,’ and focused solely on tearing down blighted homes fast.

It’s not just Flint: Michigan lead levels up after long decline

November 13, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

(With new statewide lead map) ‘It’s really unknown why,’ Michigan’s chief medical officer tells Bridge.

Michigan seniors learn they CAN lose their home on a reverse mortgage

October 10, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

For older residents who don’t read the fine print, a reverse mortgage can hold unpleasant surprises.