People who were impacted by the Flint Water Crisis will soon be able to participate in a voluntary secure registry which will aim to connect them to programs and other resources that serve to minimize the effects of lead on their health while promoting wellness and recovery. Enrollment into the registry will begin in fall of 2018, however pre-enroll now to get the most up-to-date information! Visit flintregistry.org for more information.
The goal of the Registry is to identify individuals exposed to the Flint Water Crisis and to support them by connecting them to resources in the community designed to keep them healthy. This is a way to empower the residents of Flint to get the information they need about the impact of the Water Crisis on their health. Visit flintregistry.org for more details!
Anyone who was impacted by the Flint Water Crisis can join, including individuals who went to school in Flint, went to day care in Flint, worked in Flint or live(d) in Flint.
Your data will be kept confidential and secure. Information from the registry will be made available as aggregate reports to the community and health professionals and may be published or presented at professional meetings, but the identities of all participants will always remain anonymous. Information from the registry will not be shared outside the registry team with employers, schools, insurers, government or anyone else unless you provide consent.
The registry will share how the people exposed to the Flint crisis are doing as a whole and that data can be used to plan programs and advocate for additional resources.
The registry will document how you are doing – specifically in the areas of health, development and ongoing environmental exposure to lead. The Registry will help identify the services in the community that you are eligible for and connect you to those services.
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.
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.