FLINT (WJRT) (01/22/18) --People living in Flint who were exposed to lead-contaminated water during the water emergency can now pre-enroll for the Flint Registry.
The registry will allow people to have access to programs and resources to help minimize the effects of the lead tainted water.
"This registry is about flipping the story, it is about getting people connected, supported, and counted, this is a way for people to share their stories," said MSU Associate Professor of Pediatrics Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha.
It was an exciting morning at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine as the Flint water registry web site debuted for pre-enrollment.
"It's another chance for the people of Flint to tell us what they want, to tell us what we should be doing, what we should be looking for and how we can work together," Hanna-Attisha said.
The registry was made possible thanks to a 4 year $14 million grant Michigan State University received from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
"This is a resource that we fought for and I know we worked with our Michigan delegation as far as our senators and our congressman to really make sure this money did not get eliminated and to see it happen is a wonderful feeling," said Flint Mayor Karen Weaver.
Pre-enrollment for the voluntary registry is now open, which allows people living in Flint to give their name and contact information. That information will then be secured and saved for when formal registration begins later this year.
"They will complete lots of questions, in terms of how they're doing, surveys and some of them are national surveys that assess health and development and their response to the crisis," Hanna-Attisha said.
That information will then be pooled to determine the best resources and programs available to help in the recovery process.
"There's a lot of programs available to help fight with the lead and the thing is people aren't aware of them and if they're not aware of them they could lose their funding," said Marie Herron with the Flint Registry Parent Partners Group.
Formal registration is expected to start September this year.
To pre-enroll click the 'related links' section on the right side of this page.