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We're listening. We're learning. Feeding MI Families.

September 27, 2023

This document is the result of surveying 781 families from Battle Creek, Detroit, Grand Rapids and (through a non WKKF funding source) several rural counties. Additionally 105 in-depth interviews were conducted. The families worked with the grantee (Univ of MI) to co-create the policy recommendations in this KP. One of the recommendations is for expanded programs like Double Up Food Bucks - which is an initiative that WKKF has supported for several years. We shared the attached brief with state legislators that we spoke with during Legislative Education Day. 

Food Systems

Federal Child Care Relief Funds: Increased Access and Supported Providers

August 1, 2023

This report notes that the COVID-19 relief funds and federal childcare relief funds will be concluding in September 2023 and September 2024, and how that might impact the children and families in the four states of Michigan, Louisiana, New York and Virginia. It also outlines key themes in what the funding accomplished and how the funds have been used in each state. Laying out the worst-case scenarios and challenges families and their children will have to endure when the relief resources end.

What Will it Take to Achieve Funding for All Michigan Students? $4.5 Billion Needed to Close Funding Gaps

April 12, 2023

Report details the amount needed for MI school funding to reach an adequate level required under the law ($4.5B, which includes $1.6B for free, universal preschool) and explains which changes to the school funding formula would create the biggest and most equitable improvements.

Early Childhood Education

2023 State of WIC Report: Building the Bridge to a Healthier Future

February 22, 2023

The 2023 State of WIC Report: Building the Bridge to a Healthier Future, supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, outlines progress on WIC modernization efforts; growing participation due to remote services; WIC's swift responses to the infant formula crisis; USDA proposed food package changes to improve nutrition security; and WIC's role in advancing health equity. The report brings together existing research and data to describe how the WIC program works and its positive impact on low-resourced families. The many useful facts and figures of the report are supplemented by quotes sharing the lived experiences of WIC participants and testimonials from WIC providers.

Maternal and Child Health

Growth Occupations: Opportunities for More Equitable Participation in Detroit’s Growing Economy

February 1, 2023

An analysis of growing occupations and the state of equitable participation in them in Detroit.

Making Mexican History in Battle Creek Website

January 15, 2023

Educational website teaching Mexican and Latino history in Battle Creek, MI.

GSRP Assessment Tool: Version 1

October 31, 2022

This is Version 1 of the GSRP Assessment Tool. The purpose of this tool is to provide a self-assessment of the capabilities and risk factors for a potential GSRP funding recipient. The scoring rubric of the assessment tool serves to provide a range of risk exposure elements related to compliant and sustainable GSRP funding in addition to identifying priorities for capacity-building training and technical assistance activities.

Early Childhood Education

Substance Use Disorder During Pregnancy and Postpartum

June 12, 2022

In this brief, the public health concern of substance use during pregnancy is discussed, with examination of both the history of treating substance use and the stigma attached. It highlights the need for comprehensive healthcare that combines substance use and mental health care in the context of maternity care.

Breastfeeding: Removing Barriers and Supporting Equitable Outcomes

February 17, 2022

This brief discusses the root causes of the disparities in breastfeeding initiation and duration rates for Black and Indigenous families--including unconscious biases and systemic racism--and where opportunities exist to improve the systems that are intended to serve families. Community-based programs that are successfully reaching women of color to provide breastfeeding support are also discussed.

Covering More of Michigan's Children

November 1, 2021

For over a decade, Michigan has had the ability to be more inclusive and enroll thousands more of the state's children in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) but has not yet opted to do so. Specifically, these children are "lawfully residing," or lawfully present immigrants who meet Medicaid or CHIP state residency and income requirements, yet have lived in the United States for fewer than five years. Federal law requires lawfully residing immigrants to live in the country for five years before they can enroll in some public programs. The 2009 Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA), however, gave states the Immigrant Children's Health Improvement Act (ICHIA) option to waive the five-year waiting period for Medicaid and CHIP for lawfully residing children (up to 21 years old) and/or pregnant people.

Food Finance Detroit: A Landscape Map for Financing Detroit’s Local Food System

July 20, 2021

With funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, CDFA is researching how development finance agencies can become more engaged in local and regional food systems. CDFA aims to advance opportunities and leverage existing financing streams to scale local and regional food systems by increasing access to healthy foods and creating new living wage and accessible jobs in communities across the country. 

Community Engagement; Food Systems

The State of WIC Report: Healthier Pregnancies, Babies, and Young Children during COVID-19

February 10, 2021

The inaugural State of WIC report is a unified resource for WIC providers, researchers, health professionals, non-profit organizations, and others to showcase the scope and depth of WIC services and recommendations to strengthen the WIC program, including in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The report brings together existing research and data into one document to tell a complete story on the impact of WIC. It includes data profiles for each WIC state agency, including Indian Tribal Organizations and US Territories. The facts and figures of the reports are supplemented by quotes sharing the lived experiences of WIC participants and testimonials from WIC providers.

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