LANSING, Mich. (Dec. 2, 2021) — Sen. Erika Geiss (D-Taylor) has issued the following statement after being named the 2021 Legislator of the Year by the Michigan Council for Maternal and Child Health, in recognition of her continued efforts to advance policies that improve the health and well-being of women, mothers, and newborns across our state:

“If we have learned anything over the past few years, it’s that our health care system was and, in some cases, continues to be woefully inadequate at creating equitable systems of care and delivery. Whether it’s expanding access to doula services for expectant mothers and childbearing individuals or improving health care outcomes for women in corrections facilities, I’ve been steadfast in my commitment to breaking down the systemic barriers that have held back Michigan’s children and families for far too long.

“To be recognized for these efforts is an honor, but there is so much more work to accomplish in bringing true equity to Michigan’s health care systems, particularly with maternal and child health, and specifically for those in traditionally underserved communities. I remain ready to work with my colleagues in the Legislature, community leaders, and health care organizations in continuing to forge a new path forward that prioritizes the health and wellness of these folks across our state.”