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MSU-Hurley Children's Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative (PPHI)

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In January 2016, Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital formed the Pediatric Public Health Initiative (PPHI) to address the Flint community’s population-wide lead exposure and help all Flint children grow up healthy and strong.

The initiative brings together experts in pediatrics, child development, psychology, epidemiology, nutrition, toxicology, geography, education, and community and workforce development. Hurley Hospital is joined by MSU College of Human Medicine, MSU Extension, MSU College of Education and several other MSU Colleges.

PPHI is divided into five work teams: Child and Health Development, Nutrition, Exposure Assessment, Health Informatics, and Child Health Policy and Advocacy. These teams work closely with the PPHI Parent Partner Group and the PPHI Flint Kids Advisory Group.

The initiative is led by Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP, director of the pediatric residency at Hurley Children's Hospital and associate professor of pediatrics at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

“The creation of this Pediatric Public Health Initiative will give Flint children a better chance at future success. This initiative will bring in a team of experts to build a model pediatric public health program which will continue to assess, monitor and intervene to optimize children’s outcomes,” said Dr. Hanna-Attisha.


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Julie Barrett
Office Coordinator
MSU-Hurley Children's Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative

Media Contacts

Geri Kelley
MSU College of Human Medicine

Michael Burnett
Hurley Children's Hospital

MSU College of Human Medicine
Hurley Childrens Hospital