MSU received USDA's prestigious award for its Flint water response

October 5, 2016 - MSUToday

Michigan State University Extension was honored by the United States Department of Agriculture for the organization’s quick and comprehensive response to the residents of Flint affected by lead-contaminated drinking water. The prestigious Abraham Lincoln Honor Award for External Partnerships recognizes groups who have made outstanding contributions that support the USDA’s mission and goals. Deanna East, an MSU Extension associate director focused on health and nutrition programming, who helped coordinate the organization’s response in Flint, said that this team effort included coordination with the Pediatric Public Health Initiative (PPHI), led by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha. The initiative includes Hurley Children’s Hospital and the MSU College of Human Medicine.