Child Health

Parent and child talking in the kitchen

Conversation with Parents on Race Can Improve Black Adolescents' Mental Health

Q&A with Riana Elyse Anderson

Black parents' experiences of racial discrimination can negatively affect their children's psychological outcomes—but talking about these experiences and improving racial socialization competency could help prevent these negative outcomes, according to a new study by a University of Michigan researcher. Read more

A closeup of baby feet.

Widely Used Herbicide Linked to Preterm Births

New research from John Meeker

Exposure to a chemical found in the weed killer Roundup and other glyphosate-based herbicides is significantly associated with preterm births, according to a new University of Michigan study. Read more

Child grabbing strawberries off of a counter

COVID-19 Exposed Weakness in Ensuring Healthy Food Access in Child Care

Q&A with Kate Bauer

When child care programs across the country closed due to COVID, millions of children lost access to the healthy food they had been receiving through the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program, exposing the weakness in our country's systems for ensuring young, low-income children have access to healthy food. Read more

A child receiving a vaccination.

Unique Policy Challenges for Children's Health Care Access

New analysis from N'dea Moore-Petinak

Since 2016, the rate of uninsured children in the US has begun to rise for the first time since the adoption of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in 1997. A new paper published this week in JAMA Pediatrics analyzes new and existing threats to children’s access to health insurance. Read more