Collaborations and Research

U-M SPH Flint Water Task Force

The U-M SPH Flint Water Task Force seeks to examine the public health, scientific, policy, and legal options for preventing a reoccurrence of the Flint water crisis tragedy.

Our goal is to partner with the Flint community, local, state, and federal agencies, and other UM faculty, to investigate the best, sustainable set of solutions to protect the health of Flint residents. The Task Force will seek robust solutions that are durable rather than quick solutions that may gain immediate media attention but might not be the right approach for protecting the community’s health. While the Task Force will consider short-term options, its focus will be on devising longer-term strategies to prevent similar tragedies from occurring.

For more information, please contact Mona Munroe-Younis, Program Manager, Flint Initiatives in the U-M SPH Office of Student Engagement and Practice. She can be reached at and (734) 764-3404.

Research Partnerships

U-M SPH faculty and researchers are participating in a number of activities that pertain to the crisis in Flint. We will continue to update this list as additional projects take shape.

Collaborators Project Summary  
U-M Flint / HMP An SPH lecturer is offering legal expertise regarding public health emergencies, environmental public health, regulatory and statutory authority as part of U-M Flint's Winter Course: Flint's Water Crisis.
Lecturers Employee Organization The Lecturers Employee Organization collected money for the water crisis in Fall 2015. The water was distributed in December. 
HBHE HBHE faculty are collaborating with the Genesee County Health Department to collect data on water issues as part of the Speak to Your Health Community Survey. This data encompasses tap water quality (taste, smell, appearance), what residents use for drinking water, why they buy bottled water, and difficulty in paying water bills. 
SPH Practice Office The Michigan Public Health Training Center, at the request from the Genesee County Health Department, held a webcast on the new Legionella ASHRAE 188 Guidelines.  The presenter was Janet Stout from Special Pathogens Lab. Watch it here.

Additionally, this University Record article outlines the plans for a number of research partnerships between U-M and Flint area agencies and organizations.