Flint Community Schools, the Flint Registry to expand student screening program
FLINT, Mich. – Flint Community Schools, the Michigan Department of Education and Genesee Intermediate School District have announced a path forward for student screenings in the wake of the water crisis. Under the proposal, Flint Community Schools, the Genesee Intermediate School District and the Michigan Department of Education would expand their existing partnership with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha’s Flint Registry and the Genesee Health System’s Neurodevelopmental Center of Excellence to utilize their existing infrastructure to provide screening and medical treatment for children in Flint.
The expanded partnership goes before the federal court for approval, by way of a proposed partial settlement agreement in a pending lawsuit, on Thursday, April 12, 2018.
“We are pleased to reach an agreement on this important step forward in ensuring our students have the resources they need to minimize the effects of lead on their health, and we are grateful to be able to call on the expertise and partnership of Dr. Mona and the Genesee Health System in this matter,” said Diana Wright, Flint Community Schools Board President. “This agreement supports our primary focus—the health and well-being of each of our students.”
Upon parental consent, Children can be referred to the Flint Registry by a parent, doctor or teacher. The Registry will then evaluate the child and determine whether they are referred to the Neurodevelopmental Center of Excellence for additional medical screening or treatment.
“This effort supports our outreach for the Flint Registry, targeting those who went to school, daycare or worked in Flint during the crisis,” said Mona Hanna-Attisha, associate professor of pediatrics at Michigan State University and director of the MSU-Hurley-Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative. “We anticipate the registry will be a powerful tool to the lives of those exposed to lead-contaminated water.”
Under the agreement, the Michigan Department of Education would provide $4,139,571.51 in total to the Genesee Health System and the Flint Registry to fund the program. Flint Community Schools teachers and staff would receive training on the Registry, and the District would utilize its current parent coordinators, wellness centers and nursing offices to facilitate referrals.
Led by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the Flint Registry was created in an effort to connect residents to programs and other resources that serve to minimize the effects of lead on their health, while promoting wellness and recovery. The Registry is part of the Centers for Disease Control’s ongoing efforts across the country to reduce and prevent exposure to lead as part of its Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention program. The Flint Registry is currently in its pre-enrollment phase and is expected to be fully operational in September.