Healthy Homes for Educational Success January Update

The Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan and partners met on September 17 for the second Healthy Homes for Educational Success all partner meeting. Program partners are engaged in and supportive of the updated program design.

Environmental Concerns Reflective of Racial Inequity

The Healthy Homes Coalition continues to stand in solidarity with the people of Flint. Their brave actions have caught the attention of many across the nation who have grown comfortable with environmental racism and injustice. In a recent article posted to the Rapidian, Partners for a Racism Free Community speaks to the wider injustice and offers a call to action.

"Water is a natural resource that, in the developed world, we often take for granted. On a daily basis, most people in the United States do not question whether or not their drinking water is safe. In Grand Rapids, most people don’t think about tap water so dangerous that its consumption could lead to negative health outcomes and bathing in it a dermatological disaster. Environmental activism exists, in this country, as an idealists’ pursuit, not as an existential emergency."

"However, there are the stories that have gone untold for far too long that are now being thrust into the light as a result of the disaster in Flint."

Read more here.

Lessons from the Flint Water Crises

By now, most people in Michigan are well aware of the crisis in Flint with lead in the water. The problem began almost two years ago when Flint’s municipal water supply stopped contracting with the City of Detroit to provide water and started using local water sources. It wasn't until five months ago that a Virginia Tech study said the water was not only dirty and unpalatable, but also resulted in an increase in lead poisoning among the city's children. With that news, the story exploded onto the national scene, catching the attention of celebrities like Erin Brockovich, Rachel Maddow, Michael Moore, and Cher. The stories mounted daily on local news sources like MLive.

So what does this mean for Grand Rapids and the rest of the State?