Funds Provided for Lead Exposure Follow-up in Flint, MI

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Funds Provided for Lead Exposure Follow-up in Flint, MI
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Awards $3.2 Million for a Registry of Residents
This week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that Michigan State University (MSU) would receive approximately $3.2 million to establish a registry of Flint residents exposed to lead-contaminated water from the Flint Water System during 2014-2015. A registry is a collection of information about individuals, usually focused around a specific diagnosis or condition.

MSU will use the funds in partnership with the City of Flint leadership and other community organizations, clinical partners and educators, and stakeholders that serve Flint residents. They will do the following activities:

  • address community health concerns related to lead exposures;
  • monitor health outcomes among registrants; and
  • expand efforts to reduce and eliminate lead in the community.

The 2016 Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act authorized funding for the registry, which will collect baseline and follow-up information from eligible residents. The funds are the first installment of a 4-year, $14.4 million grant.

HHS Secretary, Tom Price, M.D., explained that the funding for this initiative “is a continuation of the Trump Administration’s commitment to support the affected or at-risk residents of Flint, Michigan, who have been exposed to lead-contaminated drinking water.”

Lead exposures are a well-known hazard for adults. In children, lead exposure can result in serious effects on IQ, ability to pay attention, and academic achievement. The Flint registry will link registrants’ data on exposure, health, and key childhood developmental milestones with their participation in services through a voluntary referral network.

CDC Director and Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D., also commented, committing CDC’s support to the Flint Lead Exposure Registry as part of CDC’s “ongoing efforts across the country to reduce and prevent exposure to lead.”

Learn more about CDC’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program.

CDC also has information for children about lead contamination via the Ready Wrigley activity book series.

You can read the release in its entirety by clicking here.

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