Reframing Environmental Health after the Flint Water Crisis (Grand Rapids)

Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Women's City Club, 254 E. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI, View Map

Presented by Paul Hann, Executive Director, Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan

Description

Reframing Environmental Health after the Flint Water Crisis will take a look at lessons learned from the Flint water crises that are reshaping how we perceive and respond to environmental health problems in Michigan and across the nation. A paradigm shift is needed in order to resolve pernicious environmental injustices like childhood lead poisoning, and Flint has been a catalyst for that change in Michigan.

The discussion will also look at what Grand Rapids can learn from Flint, and how the two cities compare when it comes to children being exposed to and poisoned by lead. While Grand Rapids’ situation is quite different, there are very clear shared solutions. The talk will investigate those differences and how the two cities can unite to combat the legacy injustice of lead in children’s environments.

While the discussion will be around lead and it’s impact on children, many lessons will be transferable to other environmental health threats.

About the Speaker

Paul Haan is the founding Executive Director of the Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan. The Healthy Homes Coalition is a community-based non-profit organization formed in 2006 to ensure that no children in west Michigan grow up in substandard housing that negatively impacts their health and development. Healthy Homes works hard to protect children from lead poisoning, asthma attacks, fire hazards, and other environmental health risks. Paul has been a trainer for the national Healthy Homes Training Center since 2009, has taught the Essentials for Healthy Housing curriculum extensively across Michigan and Ohio, and has also instructed various other courses. In the past, he has been certified by the State of Michigan as a Lead Paint Abatement Supervisor and by the National Environmental Health Association as a Healthy Homes Specialist. Paul holds his BA degree from Calvin College (communications, philosophy, and education). Prior to working with the Healthy Homes Coalition, Paul was the lead organizer for the Grand Rapids-based Get the Lead Out! initiative, which won the 2006 EPA Children’s Environmental Health Excellence Award. Governor Jennifer Granholm named Paul a Hometown Health Hero in 2004 for his work on childhood lead poisoning and Governor Snyder appointed him to the Child Lead Poisoning Elimination Board in June 2016 and the permanent Child Lead Exposure Elimination Commission in March 2017. Prior to working in environmental health, Paul was a grassroots community organizer working on housing and other neighborhood issues for twelve years.

Additional Details

Meetings are open to the Public and are held in the Auditorium on the lower level. Please use the door on the south side of the building on the lower level (by parking lot).

After the meeting, join us at Vitale's Sports Bar, 834 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI to socialize. View Map

The Auditorium is wheelchair accessible via a lift immediately inside and to the left of the lower level door.

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