The Flint Water Crisis and Beyond

A three-part webinar series on lead and public health

The drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan, as reported in the American Journal of Public Health, has raised public health concerns about lead exposure, the U.S. water supply infrastructure, and the authority to enforce safe and sanitary conditions. Join the leadership of the American Public Health Association in a webinar series about the impact of lead exposure on health.

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Working Together to Address Lead Exposure in our Communities
April 26, 1-2 p.m. EDT
David E. Jacobs, PhD, CIH, Ruth Ann Norton, Kristie Trousdale and Elyse Pivnick

This webinar will provide information about lead exposure, focus on community solutions to lead exposure and provide tools for preventing lead exposure in the home.  This webinar will highlight healthy homes interventions and offer ample opportunity for discussion.


View the webinar slides (all are downloadable PDFs): Elyse Pivnick, Ruth Ann Norton, David E. Jacobs

Flint and Lead: The Water-Public Health Connection
March 16, 2015 | 1 p.m. EDT
Susan Buchanan, MD, MPH, Stephen J. Randtke, PhD, PE, Ella Greene-Moton, and Melissa Essex Elliot

The recent reports of elevated blood lead levels in children in Flint, Michigan have placed a national spotlight on the role of drinking water in lead exposure. As the events continue to evolve, important questions are being raised about changes in drinking water chemistry, what can be done to control lead exposure through drinking water, and how local water utilities and the public health community can work together. Join APHA and the American Water Works Association for an interactive discussion about the current state of science related to the health risks posed by lead and the value of engaging the water systems sector.


View the webinar slides (all are downloadable PDFs): IntroductionSusan BuchananStephen RandtkeElla Greene-MotonMelissa Essex ElliotQ&A and Conclusion

Public Health's Legal Authority and Safe Drinking Water
April 5, 2016, 1 p.m. EDT
Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP, William Piermattei, JD, and Paul A. Biedrzycki, MPH, MBA, CIH

This webinar, fearing the pediatrician who helped expose lead poisoning in Flint, will examine the regulation of drinking water quality as a health equity issue. Specifically, presenters will describe the Flint water crisis and explain what role public health can help play in maintaining the quality of drinking water.


View the webinar slides (all are downloadable PDFs): Introduction, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3


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Lead and Copper Rule: Potential Revisions and Steps Utilities Can Take to Prepare
May 25, 2016, 1-2:30 p.m. EDT

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In 2014 and 2015 USEPA engaged stakeholders in a National Drinking Water Advisory Council Work Group on potential revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule. This webinar will cover the potential changes to the Lead and Copper Rule and the timing of such changes. It will also feature experts who will give their insights on how to prepare for the likely Lead and Copper Rule changes.