The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced that Michigan State University (MSU) will receive approximately $3.2 million to establish a registry of Flint residents who were exposed to lead-contaminated water from the Flint Water System from 2014-2015 in order to connect them to programs designed to minimize the effects of lead on their health. The funds are the first installment of a 4-year, $14.4 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registries (ATSDR).

The registry effort is being led by Mona Hanna-Attisha, M.D., M.P.H., director of the MSU-Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative. Implementation of the Flint Registry will be carried-out in collaboration with a broad partnership including leadership form the City of Flint, Greater Flint Health Coalition, educators, clinicians, and stakeholders that serve Flint residents. Dr. Hanna-Attisha notes that:

The registry will be a powerful tool to understand, measure, and improve the lives of those exposed to the contaminated water. The more people who participate in the registry, the more powerful this tool will be for Flint and for communities everywhere that continue to suffer from preventable lead exposure.

Mona Hanna-Attisha, M.D. M.P.H.

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha tends to a Patient

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 registry will allow residents to share how they are doing. In addition, the registry will evaluate the effectiveness of health, educational, environmental and community services that can improve the health and development of exposed participants.

Enrollment into the Flint Registry will begin in 2018, however those interested in pre-enrolling are encouraged to fill-out the form on the homepage so that designated representatives may follow-up to assist with enrollment.

Funding for this work was made possible in part by Grant #NUE2EH001370 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The views expressed in this material do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.