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January 15, 2016

Water Crisis in Flint, Mich., Spurs Creation of Charitable Health Fund

Medical professionals and community leaders in Flint, Mich., have established a charitable fund after lead-tainted water in the area was linked to health problems, the Detroit Free Press reports. 

The Flint Child Health and Development Fund will raise money to support postive health outcomes for children, including immediate response efforts to the crisis, early childhood eduation, and access to healthy food. 

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a local pediatrician who sounded alarm bells about lead poisoning in the city's water supply, said the current crisis is the result of not just the pollution of water sources but also "deceit from government agencies." Families complained about problems with the water for more than a year before officials began to respond.