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As Detroit and the rest of Michigan  continue to struggle with troubling infant mortality rates, a new report urges leaders to tackle systemic issues like racism and poverty while extending postpartum Medicaid coverage.

The report — released  late last week by the Michigan League for Public Policy — also recommends expanding home visiting programs and restoring tax credits for low to moderate income earners to improve the health of mothers and their babies.

“I don’t think we can look at rates of mortality or morbidity and say that we’re doing any of this in an excellent way,” Amber Bellazaire, the report’s author, said in an interview. “This is, in part, a call to action.”

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