Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, applauds the passage of legislation that would provide $5 million in funding for the Flint Registry.
The Flint Registry is a community-based initiative that connects people to services and programs to promote health and wellness and helps understand how the Flint water crisis has affected the Flint community. The Flint Registry is for anyone who was exposed to lead-contaminated water in Flint because they lived, worked, attended school or daycare in the city during 2014 and 2015.
The Flint Registry was introduced by Congressman Kildee in Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2016. Last year, Congress passed an additional $4.5 million to continue operating the Flint Registry through 2021.
“The Flint Registry continues to play a critical role in Flint’s recovery, connecting families and children to the services they need to minimize the health impacts of lead,” Kildee said. “I am proud to have worked to secure an increase in funding that will allow the Flint Registry to continue critical services to Flint families and create jobs in Flint. In Congress, I will continue to fight for Flint families to ensure they have the resources they need to recover from with Flint water crisis.”
“This federal funding will continue to help children and families impacted by the Flint water crisis gain access to the health resources they need,” said Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, director of MSU-Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative. Flint families.
“Over 22,000 referrals have been made from the Flint Registry to critical services like early education, health care and food assistance,” Hanna-Attisha added. “I am grateful for Congressman Kildee’s support and leadership in advocating for increased funding for the Flint Registry to ensure these vital services remain available.”
The funding for the Flint Registry was passed a part of H.R. 4502, the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Agriculture, Rural Development, Energy and Water Development, Financial Services and General Government, Interior, Environment, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act, 2022.