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Flint doc: health initiative like ‘building a plane while flying it’

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha photo
Mark Bashore
Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha discussed the Flint water crisis yesterday in Lansing.

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is likely the best known medical figure associated with the Flint Water Crisis. Her work confirmed that Flint residents, many of them children, had ingested dangerous levels of lead after 2014’s switch to Flint river water. We talk with her, and also learn more about the governmental roots of the water emergency from MSU political science professor Joshua Sapotichne.

A trio of MSU researchers gathered yesterday in Lansing to discuss aspects of the Flint water crisis. In its monthly public policy forum, the university’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research gave guest speakers a chance to discuss the responsibilities of state and local governments in addressing the water emergency and the work being done regarding the health of Flint residents.

Current State talks with two of the speakers: Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, who’s become renowned as a whistle-blower in the Flint crisis and  head of the recently launched Pediatric Public Health Initiative involving MSU and Flint’s Hurley Hospital, and Michigan State political science professor Joshua Sapotichne.

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