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MSU-Hurley Children's Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative


Dr. Mona Hanna-AttishaIn early 2016, Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital announced a new Pediatric Public Health Initiative 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, and the initiative includes the Genesee County Health Department and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.ment of Health and Human Services.

The intent is to address the Flint population-wide lead exposure from multiple fronts and provide the tools and resources for the assessment, continued research and monitoring, and interventions necessary for improving children’s health and development.

The foundation for this new initiative leverages MSU’s recently expanded Division of Public Health, supported by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, which has brought new public health researchers to Flint and MSU College of Human Medicine’s 45-year medical education collaboration with Hurley Medical Center.

The joint venture is led by Mona Hanna-Attisha (ABOVE) MD, MPH, FAAP, director, pediatric residency at Hurley Children’s Hospital and assistant professor of pediatrics at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

The Pediatric Public Health Initiative will employ evidence-based interventions for inclusion in its response to the Flint water lead exposure. Three overarching areas are education, nutrition and medical/health. MSU Extension nutrition staff members are working with Hurley Medical Center to provide nutrition education, including recipes high in iron, calcium and Vitamin C—all of which help block the absorption of lead into the body – and have held cooking demonstrations at the Flint Farmers’ Market. In addition, MSU Extension has shared these recipes through its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) education classes. 

The MSU College of Human Medicine Division of Public Health supports the Pediatric Public Health Initiative at its downtown Flint location.


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

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MSU College of Human Medicine

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