A minority infant in west Michigan is two to four times more likely to die before the age of one than a white infant. WGVU’s Mutually Inclusive takes a look at the how and why.
“So, infant mortality varies dramatically across communities. And that’s something that people don’t quite understand, is infant mortality is a white-glove test for how well a community is taking care of it’s most vulnerable citizens.”
That’s Cathy Kothari, professor at Western Michigan University’s school of medicine.
The author of the Grand Rapids book of the year, A City within A City, held a speaking tour in Grand Rapids last week. Todd Robinson’s A City Within A City is a history of the African American community in Grand Rapids up until 1975. Mayor Rosalynn Bliss made it the Community Reading Project’s book of the year. Which may be part of why Robinson’s talks, including one at the LINC-up Gallery, were packed.