The Flint Registry announces an increase in “Thank You” checks, in efforts to get more residents signed up as the new year approaches. The Flint Registry was created to support those impacted by the Flint Water Crisis. The “thank you” checks increase are for a limited time only and are increasing from $25 to $50 for December through January 2020. The increased ‘thank you’ checks are only valid for individuals who fully complete their Flint Registry enrollment between December 1, 2019, and January 31, 2020. The increased $50 “thank you” check is not eligible for previous enrollees who completed their survey before December 1. Checks may take up to 8-12 weeks to arrive in the mail.
Newly Elected Mayor Sheldon Neeley paid the Flint Registry a visit to learn more about the program. Mayor Neeley met with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, Director of MSU-Hurley Children’s Pediatric Public Health Initiative. Dr. Mona, the whistleblower pediatrician who first drew attention to the city’s water crisis, at the launch of the Flint Registry in 2018.
Mayor Neeley also met with Dr. Debra Furr-Holden, Director of Division of Public Health and Associate Dean for Public Health Integration, and they discussed possibilities of future partnership and how the City of Flint could better serve its community. Dr. Furr-Holden and the Division of Public Health faculty have led major research initiatives and partnerships in the city of Flint to promote healthy equity and improve public health. Since 2015, the Division of Public Health has generated over $63 million in external funding and employs almost 120 full-time Flint residents.
To sign up for the registry you can visit www.flintregistry.org or email FlintRegistry@hc.msu.edu, or call (833) GO-FLINT.
Several members of the Flint Center for Health Equity Solutions team were thrilled to join Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha and a large crowd for the kick-off celebration of the FlintRegistry.org
Luther Evans (Dissemination and Implementation Science Core), Yvonne Lewis (Administrative Core), and others received mention from PI Debra Furr-Holden as Debra addressed the audience of senators, congressmen, Mayor Karen Weaver, Little Miss Flint, and over 100 others today at the Flint Farmer’s Market.
Headed to APHA? Flint, Michigan will have a large presence at the 2018 APHA annual conference. Make sure you visit Michigan State University Division of Public Health and Master of Public Health Program exhibition table, #943. Also check out the Flint Book to find dates and times over 20 sessions, happening at APHA, that are talking about Flint.
The most creative Executive Assistant, Tae Blair, worked for hours to make costumes for the Flint Staff to be… drum roll… the “Spice Girls.” See, each apron has an iron-on spice. John’s has an iron-on “Old Spice” (deodorant). Tae, herself, wore a cardigan sweater with the letter “B” all over it. Can you guess what her costume represented?
Hanna-Attisha, M., Lanphear, B., & Landrigan, P. (2018). Lead Poisoning in the 21st Century: The Silent Epidemic Continues. American Journal of Public Health, 108(11), 1430–1430. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2018.304725
“What we’re seeing is a coming together, with our shared values supporting us, to collectively utilize our resources,” says Furr-Holden, who came to MSU from Johns Hopkins University. “Our interventions focus on strengthening partnerships with community stakeholders, including community-based organizations and our local government, to address issues such as food access, public safety and community development in Flint.”
From the Article: “Dr. Lawrence said the key aspect of CRM is building awareness for trauma informative approaches.” CRM stands for “Community Resiliency Model, a model that trains community members to focus on skills and approaches that help people balance their reaction to trauma or stressors.”
“It’s being mindful that people go through things that we may not go through and it may mean they react in ways that we don’t expect,” she said. “Stressors will never go away, but now we have skills in our tool boxes to be able to respond.” Click here to read more!