FLINT (WJRT) - (01/18/19) - Pre-enrollment started in 2018, but the Flint Registry is now live after over a year of planning and development.
The resource was established with grant money to connect victims of the Flint water crisis to long-term recovery programs and services.
“The Registry provides a light at the end of the tunnel for us, and we’re gonna continue to support that work, as well as the interventions that are necessary to move us from crisis to recovery,” says Isaiah Oliver, President and CEO at Community Foundation of Greater Flint.
An event marking its official launch was held Friday afternoon in downtown Flint, bringing lawmakers, city leaders, and health care professionals together to celebrate the milestone.
“We want people to know, it’s important, this is something we talked about, we fought for this...get connected, get supported, and get counted,” urges Karen Weaver, Flint's Mayor.
The registry is for anyone exposed to lead between April of 2014 and October of 2015.
So if you lived, worked, attended school or did anything else in Flint during that time make sure you enroll. Thousands of people have already done so!
Data collected will be kept confidential, but will also help experts better understand how the Flint water crisis has affected the community now and well into the future.
"I hope that everybody take's advantage of this registry because it will only be as powerful as the number of people who enroll in it," explains Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the Flint pediatrician who helped expose the lead crisis in children.
Visit the website provided to sign up or learn more.