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Flint doctor who blew the whistle on lead to get award

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Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha (Source: WNEM) Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha (Source: WNEM)
FLINT, Mich. (AP) -

A doctor hailed as a champion in the Flint water crisis is getting an award from AARP Michigan.

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is the winner of the 2016 Stephen Gools award for social change. She'll get the award Friday at Hurley's Children Center in Flint.

After resisting for months, state officials last year finally acknowledged a problem with lead in Flint's water when Hanna-Attisha found elevated lead levels in children.

Flint used water from the Flint River for 18 months but didn't treat it to reduce corrosion. As a result, the river water released lead into the water supply from old plumbing and fixtures.

AARP Michigan director Paula Cunningham says Hanna-Attisha is a "hero in this tragic story."

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