The grant will be used by the county’s Healthy Start program to help minimize the effects of lead exposure among pregnant women, infants and young children in Flint and the surrounding Genesee County area.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced last week that it was providing approximately $15 million in funding to help the Genesee County Healthy Start program provide health and social services to mothers and families that have or are at-risk for lead exposure in Flint and surrounding communities.
The fund, announced June 30 on the department’s website, is authorized under both the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act and the Public Health Service Act. It will help residents who have health issues related to the lead-contaminated water supply. Exposure to lead can have long term effects and cause miscarriage, developmental delays in infants and other medical issues. Additionally, because lead can stay in the bones for decades, women and infants can continue to be exposed to the lead through pregnancy and breastfeeding.