The study reports African-American babies are twice as likely to be born with low birth weight and three times as likely to die within the first year of life. It also shows African- American and Hispanic children have a higher chance of suffering from medical problems such as asthma, diabetes, and obesity.
Authors of the study say we have made progress in getting all children healthcare insurance but more needs to be done to fill in this gap. They say health officials need to target minority families.
They also say just enrolling families in health insurance programs like Medicaid and MI Child, isn't enough. We need to make sure there are doctors in their community to provide care.
State health officials say they are working with the Michigan surgeon general to improve the healthcare of all children, including targeting minority children.