Thank you, Miss Michigan, for lifting up the public health threat of lead exposure!

From left to right: Monica Lewis Patrick, We The People of Detroit [Source: riverwisedetroit.org]; Emily Sioma, Miss Michigan [Source: dlisted.com]; Flint residents marching for clean water [Source: bet.com].

“From the state with 84 percent of the US fresh water but none for its residents to drink, I am Miss Michigan” — Emily Sioma, Miss America contestant

  • Childhood developmental delays and learning difficulties
  • Abdominal pain in kids and adults
  • Elevated blood pressure and headaches in adults
  • Joint and muscle pain in adults

Black, Brown, and poor people experience exposure to lead at greater prevalence than White, economically-stable kids and families.⁵ ⁶

The link back to our work at HIP…

Participants at Equity Analysis of Lead Policies Consensus Conference Meeting in Chicago, on August 16, 2018.

To be successful, solutions must be rooted in community wisdom

We need mutual understanding — stakeholders have to find ways to collaborate and communicate meaningfully

By designing comprehensive lead prevention policies we could be so much more effective

Through her brief and unexpected statement, Emily Sioma reminded us that lack of access to drinking water is still a problem.

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