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Tracking the Flint water crisis' health effects

steve carmody
Michigan Radio

Several events are scheduled Thursday to look back at the beginning of the Flint water crisis. There’s also one looking forward.  

On April 25th, 2014, the city’s drinking water source was switched to the Flint River. But improperly treated river water damaged pipes, releasing lead into Flint’s drinking water.

Dr. Mona Hanna Attisha revealed Flint’s tap water was exposing the city’s children to elevated levels of lead. She saysa special registry is helping to see if efforts to mitigate exposure to the lead is working.

“It’s about identifying folks that were exposed and most importantly getting them connected, and supported and counted…and following them long-term to see how they’re doing,” says Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha.

The Flint Registry is modeled after other public health registries like the World Trade Center Disaster Registry.

The registry has pre-enrolled more than 6,000 Flint residents. It’s hosting sign up events across the city on Thursday.

Flint Registry Sign-Up Day

10 am to 8 pm in various locations

Flint City Hall 

10 am - 4 pm

1101 Saginaw St.

Flint, MI 48502 

Greater Holy Temple 

10 am - 2 pm

6702 Dort Hwy, 

Flint, MI 48505

Flint Registry Offices

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

11 am - 7:30 pm

200 East 1st St.

Flint, MI 48502

Latinx Technology & Community Center

4 pm - 8 pm

2101 Lewis St, 

Flint, MI 48506

Mott Art, Eats & Beats

4 pm - 6 pm

Mott Community College Event Center

1401 E Court St, Flint, MI 48503

To enroll and learn more, visit flintregistry.org, email flintregistry@hc.msu.edu, or call (833) GO-FLINT.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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