MSU-HuSpartan Imagerley Children's Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative (PPHI)

The MSU-Hurley Children's Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative (PPHI) was formed in January of 2016 with the goals to help address Flint's lead exposure and better the lives of children in the local Flint area. Many experts in various fields of study are collaborating in this effort to ensure success in bettering the lives of flint residents.

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We are fortunate to have many amazing faculty putting their efforts into bettering the lives of Flint residents. These faculty include:



Image of Nigel PanethNigel Paneth

University Distinguished Professor, RAIND Co-Director,

Pediatrician, and Epidemiologist

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics



Image of Mona Hanna-Attisha      Mona Hanna-Attisha

      Pediatrician, Hurley Children's Hospital & Assistant Professor

      Department of Pediatrics and Human Development





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           Department of Pediatrics and Human Development








Image of Lauren O'Connell      Lauren O'Connell

      Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician

      Department of Pediatrics and Human Development







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ECHO Initiative

Nigel Paneth, MSU University Distinguished Professor of epidemiology and biostatistics in the College of Human Medicine, will lead a new research grant from the National Institute of Health.

The ECHO Initiative will address Flint's enviromental factor effects on our health. 

"A $4.8 million grant awarded to Michigan State University from the National Institutes of Health will help Michigan’s top three research universities, a leading health care system and a state health agency investigate how exposure to a range of environmental factors in early development influences the health of children and adolescents.

Joining MSU as collaborators on the national Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes, or ECHO, initiative are the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, Henry Ford Health System and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services."

The full article







MSU Extension


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Dr. Zeldes

School of Journalism, Media Sandbox

Geri Alumit Zeldes, Ph.D., a tenured associate professor and graduate studies director in MSU’s School of Journalism, has seven best paper awards from international communication associations and more than two dozen honors for her documentary films and other creative scholarship that include an RTDNA Unity award, two Broadcast Education Association Best of Festival Awards, Top 25 Public Vote in ArtPrize, an AAJA award, a Telly, two regional Emmys ®, two SPJ and MAB awards. 

MSU's College of Human Medicine and School of Journalism are collaborating on a documentary film tentatively titled “Flint Med,” which follows CHM’s third-year and eventually fourth-year medical students participating in CHM’s Leadership in Medicine for the Underserved Program in Flint.




More websites to visit in regard to flint include:

Flint center for health equity solutions

MSU Flint campus link

MSU Today Flint stories

Current Flint Data at Open Data Flint (ODF)