The public health crisis in Flint related to elevated lead levels in the water has generated national attention. The School of Public Health is working with community groups and agencies in Flint, state and local officials, and the University of Michigan-Flint, to address the crisis through partnership-based interventions. Many SPH faculty members are conducting research and are members of committees, task forces, and other local groups addressing the issues. Students, staff, faculty, and alumni are participating in community-coordinated volunteer efforts as well.
U-M SPH seeks to continue in our role as a durable partner with our colleagues and fellow citizens in Flint. We are seeking the best solutions, in collaboration with others who share the same goals.
Our role at the School of Public Health has four major components:
- To focus on public health in the community, in a partnership context. We have longstanding partnerships with community organizations, agencies, and the state health department, as well as U-M-Flint, and we work directly with them on our on-site interventions, to make sure we meet the community's needs.
- To advance and disseminate the science behind the issues. Our researchers are working on various projects relating to the public health crisis.
- To provide education and training. Efforts are underway to host training seminars, webinars and other educational opportunities, including collaborating on a public course at U-M Flint addressing the crisis.
- To provide expertise and perspective to the public by speaking publicly and through the media about the public health crisis.
We have compiled the following resources and information relating to these areas of focus. We will continue to add details to this website as they become available. For information on water and filter distribution sites, please visit michigan.gov/flintwater. Call 211 locally if you need transportation assistance or if you have other questions.
* Learn more about the mural at the top of this page, created by the youth of Flint as part of the Youth Empowerment Solutions (YES) program.