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HHS AWARDS $3.2 MILLION FOR A REGISTRY OF RESIDENTS AFFECTED BY LEAD EXPOSURE IN FLINT MI


AUG 01 2017 -- WASHINGTON DC USA -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced today that Michigan State University (MSU) will receive approximately $3.2 million to establish a registry of Flint residents who were exposed to lead-contaminated water from the Flint Water System during 2014-2015. 


The funds are the first installment of a 4-year, $14.4 million grant. MSU will use the funds in partnership with the City of Flint leadership and other community organizations, clinical partners and educators, and stakeholders that serve Flint residents. They will address community health concerns related to lead exposures, monitor health outcomes among registrants, and expand efforts to reduce and eliminate lead in the community.


“This funding is a continuation of the Trump Administration’s commitment to support the affected or at-risk residents of Flint, Michigan, who have been exposed to lead-contaminated drinking water,” said HHS Secretary Tom Price, M.D. “Flint residents will benefit from having their health monitored over time and from being readily connected to services that will help reduce the health effects of lead exposure. Information collected by the registry will guide important health decisions and recommendations for the City of Flint and the State of Michigan for years to come.”


Lead exposures are a well-known hazard for adults. In children, lead exposure can result in serious effects on IQ, ability to pay attention, and academic achievement. The Flint registry will link registrants’ data on exposure, health, and key childhood developmental milestones with their participation in services through a voluntary referral network.


“CDC is committed to supporting the Flint Lead Exposure Registry as part of our ongoing efforts across the country to reduce and prevent exposure to lead,” said Brenda Fitzgerald MD, CDC director and administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. “Using our experience with the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention program, we will work hard to make sure that the Registry meets the needs of Flint residents affected by this crisis.”


Tracking both children and adults will be extremely valuable in providing important health impacts from exposure and the impact of community services on recovery. This joint effort will evaluate the effectiveness of available health, educational, environmental, and community services on improving the health of participants.


“The registry will be a powerful tool to understand, measure, and improve the lives of those exposed to the contaminated water,” said Mona Hanna-Attisha MD MPH, Director, MSU-Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, who will lead the registry effort.


“The more people who participate in the registry, the more powerful this tool will be for Flint and for communities everywhere that continue to suffer from preventable lead exposure.”


In January 2017, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality stated that the lead levels in city water tested below federal limits, but recommends that residents use filtered or bottled water for drinking or cooking while pipe replacements continue. The 2016 Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act authorized funding for the registry, which will collect baseline and follow-up information from eligible residents.


For more information about CDC’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead


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2017 HHS ANNOUNCEMENTS

AUGUST 2017

HHS Awards $3.2 Million for a Registry of Residents Affected by Lead Exposure in Flint, MichiganAug 1 2017

JULY 2017

Secretary Price Statement on FDA’s Announcement of New Regulatory Plan to Address Tobacco and NicotineJuly 28 2017

Healthcare Vote StatementJuly 28 2017

Secretary Price Statement on Senate Healthcare VoteJuly 25 2017

HHS Unveils Improved Web Tool to Highlight Recent Breaches of Health InformationJuly 25 2017

HHS Awards 16 Grants to Prevent Opioid Misuse among Women and GirlsJuly 25 2017

Secretary Price: “The status quo is not acceptable or sustainable”July 18 2017

HHS Secretary Tom Price and CMS Administrator Seema Verma Address the Summer 2017 National Governors Association Meeting "The Future of Health Care"July 15 2017

HHS announces $80.8 million in grants for Adult and Family Treatment Drug Courts, and Adult Tribal Healing to Wellness CourtsJuly 14 2017

HHS Secretary Price: Trump Administration Is Taking Action on Drug PricesJuly 13 2017

Medicare Trustees Report shows trust fund solvent through 2029July 13 2017

HHS Secretary Price: Alaska Waiver Approval Just the First Step in Era of State FlexibilityJuly 11 2017

Secretary Price Statement on Declining Obamacare Insurance MarketJuly 10 2017

Secretary Price Appoints Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D., as CDC Director and ATSDR AdministratorJuly 7 2017

JUNE 2017

HHS awards $15 Million to help families affected by lead exposure in Flint, MIJune 30 2017

Readout: Secretary Price Hosts Healthcare Listening Session with Doctors in Dallas, TexasJune 27 2017

Readout: Secretary Price’s Visit to Colonial Flag Company in Sandy, Utah to Discuss HealthcareJune 27 2017

HHS announces the availability of $195 million to expand substance abuse and mental health services at health centers nationwideJune 26 2017

Secretary Price Applauds Senate Proposal to Repeal and Replace ObamacareJune 22 2017

Readout of Secretary Price’s Healthcare Listening Session with Individuals Facing Lack of CoverageJune 22 2017

Secretary Price Meets with Opioid Addiction Specialists, Providers, and Treatment Facilities StakeholdersJune 19 2017

Readout of Secretary Price’s Listening Session with Medical & Healthcare Professionals at the White HouseJune 15 2017

Secretary Price Statement on CMS Enrollment and Exchange ReportsJune 12 2017

ONC announces winners of Privacy Policy Snapshot ChallengeJune 6 2017

More than a name change: AIDS.gov becomes HIV.govJune 5 2017

Price Statement on President Trump’s Paris Agreement AnnouncementJune 1 2017

MAY 2017

HHS announces over $70 million in grants to address the opioid crisisMay 31 2017

HHS announces the Move Health Data Forward Phase 3 challenge winnersMay 31 2017

HHS Secretary Price Statement on CBO ReportMay 24 2017

Readout of Secretary Price’s Third and Fourth Day in Geneva for World Health AssemblyMay 24 2017

HHS REPORT: Average Health Insurance Premiums Doubled Since 2013May 23 2017

Price: “President’s budget answers the call to fix what’s wrong in Washington"May 23 2017

Secretary Price Congratulates New WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus May 23 2017

Careless handling of HIV information jeopardizes patient’s privacy, costs entity $387kMay 23 2017

Readout of Secretary Price’s Second Day in Geneva for World Health AssemblyMay 22 2017

Secretary Price Delivers Address at 70th World Health AssemblyMay 22 2017

Readout of Secretary Price’s First Day in Geneva for 70th World Health AssemblyMay 21 2017

Readout of Secretary Price’s Attendance at the G20 Health Ministerial MeetingMay 20 2017

Secretary Price Attends First G20 Health Ministers MeetingMay 19 2017

Readout of Secretary Price’s Visit to LiberiaMay 19 2017

The Secretary’s Ventures Fund Announces 2017 ProjectsMay 17 2017

Secretary Price Statement on Release of State Innovation Waiver ChecklistMay 16 2017

Texas health system settles potential HIPAA disclosure violationsMay 10 2017

Secretary Price Congratulates Dr. Gottlieb on His Confirmation as FDA CommissionerMay 9 2017

Secretary Price Applauds House Passage of the American Health Care ActMay 4 2017

HHS Secretary Tom Price to present awards to Olympic Champions Michael Phelps and Allison SchmittMay 4 2017

Secretary Price Welcomes Opportunity to Reexamine Contraception MandateMay 4 2017

HHS Secretary Tom Price, M.D. Praises FDA Delay of Menu Labeling RegulationsMay 1 2017

APRIL 2017

US and Canada announce independent competitions to improve wellness data collectionApril 27 2017

$2.5 million settlement shows that not understanding HIPAA requirements creates riskApril 24 2017

Trump Administration awards grants to states to combat opioid crisisApril 19 2017

HHS sponsors new Zika diagnostic test, boosting national testing capacityApril 12 2017

Overlooking risks leads to breach, $400,000 settlementApril 12 2017

MARCH 2017

HHS Launches Webpage Highlighting Administrative Actions to Empower PatientsMarch 20 2017

Secretary Price Statement on President’s Budget BlueprintMarch 16 2017

Secretary Price and CMS Administrator Verma Take First Joint Action: Affirm Partnership of HHS, CMS, and States to Improve Medicaid ProgramMarch 14 2017

Secretary Price Congratulates CMS Administrator Verma on Her ConfirmationMarch 14 2017

American Health Care Act Will Restore, Protect, and Preserve the Doctor-Patient RelationshipMarch 14, 2017

Secretary Price Statement on CBO ReportMarch 14 2017

Offering states flexibility to increase market stability and affordable choicesMarch 13 2017

Secretary Price Committed to Greater Medicaid Flexibility for StatesMarch 10 2017

The American Health Care Act Is Critical First Step Toward Protecting PatientsMarch 7 2017

Secretary Price Supports House Efforts to Repeal and Replace ObamacareMarch 7 2017

FEBRUARY 2017

Statement from Secretary Price on President Trump’s Address to CongressFeb 28 2017

HHS announces the Move Health Data Forward Phase 2 challenge winnersFeb 21 2017

$5.5 million HIPAA settlement shines light on the importance of audit controlsFeb 16 2017

Lack of timely action risks security and costs moneyFeb 1 2017

JANUARY 2017

HIPAA settlement demonstrates importance of implementing safeguards for ePHIJanuary 18, 2017

Final rule enhances protections for research participants, modernizes oversight systemJan 18 2017

ONC announces winners of consumer and provider app challenges to improve health information access and useJan 12 2017

First HIPAA enforcement action for lack of timely breach notification settles for $475,000Jan 9 2017

New Analysis: Uninsured rate for Americans with pre-existing conditions dropped sharply when major Affordable Care Act reforms were first implementedJan 5 2017