Dear friend of public health,
The crisis in Flint, Michigan, is a wake-up call about how our infrastructure is putting us at risk. Across our country there are an estimated 6.5 million lead pipes in aging water systems, and millions of older homes are filled with lead-based paint. APHA is dedicated to expanding the conversation to encompass all the areas of potential lead exposure and giving you the tools to help prevent another crisis.
- Flint and Lead: The Water-Public Health Connection, March 16, 2016, 1 p.m. EDT
- Public Health's Legal Authority and Safe Drinking Water, April 5, 2016, 1 p.m. EDT
- Working Together to Address Lead Exposure in our Communities, week of April 25, 2016
- AJPH research on lead exposure in water, housing, consumer products and more. Includes the research by Flint pediatrician Mona Hanna-Attisha, whose work confirmed the crisis.
- News articles from The Nation’s Health covering research findings, case studies and prevention programs.
- Lead reports, issue briefs, fact sheets and publications.
- APHA policy statements.
Advocate and help the people of Flint:
Unfortunately, Flint may be just the tip of the iceberg. APHA will continue to advocate for upstream actions, such as infrastructure upgrades, environmental health services and policies and programs that will ensure our homes and communities downstream have healthier environments. Please participate, share and advocate to help APHA create the healthiest nation in one generation.
Georges C. Benjamin, MD