At the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Black residents in Flint were 73 times more likely to die than white residents. With the hard work of community leaders and by recognizing disparities early on, Flint's numbers quickly improved. “Zip code is a stronger predictor of how long you can expect to live and the quality of life you can expect to live than even your genetic code," said MSU public health leader and Flint resident Dr. Debra Furr-Holden.