Experts in Flint work to help lead-exposed children

Experts in Flint are coming together to help the children in the city who were affected by lead poisoning.

The pediatric public health initiative will provide support and services to children and families impacted by the crisis.

Hurley Children’s Hospital and Michigan State University are partnering to run the programs.

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is leading the project.

“We feel that is a unique opportunity to build a model public health program where we can actually try to prevent some of these long term consequences.”

Lead exposure can cause cognition, development and behavior problems in children. There is no cure.

“We want to bring all these great minds together and to see what we can do to mitigate the impact of this exposure,” Mona-Attisha said.

Experts in child development, psychiatrics, pediatrics and other field will be working with Hurley and MSU to help Flint’s Children for as long as they need it.

The Genesee County Health department and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services will also be working on the initiative.