$500,000 in funding for two Flint health centers - WNEM TV 5

$500,000 in funding for two Flint health centers

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Two Flint health centers are getting a financial boost in response to the lead water crisis.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell today announced $500,000 will be split between Hamilton Community Health Network, Inc., and Genesee Health System for emergency supplemental funding.

The money will help hire additional personnel and provide more lead testing, treatment, outreach and education.

“We are focused on supporting the people of Flint by helping to ensure they have access to clean water and the health services they need to mitigate the effects of lead exposure,” said Burwell. “This additional funding will allow health centers in Flint to enhance their lead testing efforts and quickly hire more staff for community outreach and to better meet the needs of the people they serve.”

Burwell made the announcement after touring Hamilton Community Health Network, Inc. on Thursday. Burwell also met with community leaders and elected officials, including Gov. Rick Snyder, about the federal government’s response and recovery effort.

Last week, during a meeting with members of House Democratic leadership and the Michigan delegation, Burwell and HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Dr. Nicole Lurie confirmed that HHS anticipates being able to quickly approve a number of requests, including a major Medicaid coverage expansion for children and pregnant women in Flint that would include blood-lead level monitoring, behavioral health services nutritional support, and comprehensive targeted case management, among other services.

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