State of Flint Kids

To share data around the well being of Flint Kids, the MSU-Hurley Pediatric Public Health Initiative and the Greater Flint Health Coalition will be hosting the first State of Flint Kids event on Friday, February 14, 2020, from 8 am – 10 am.

“We’ve heard the State of the State, and we’ve heard the State of the Union,” says Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, associate professor of pediatrics at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and director of MSU-Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative. “Now it’s time to hear about the State of Flint Kids. We will share how our Flint Kids are doing, what we have learned along the way, and most importantly, the ongoing and long-term work that must be done to ensure the best outcomes for children.”

The State of Flint Kids address will be held at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine public health campus in downtown Flint. Highlights from the event include a keynote address, inspirational words from children of the Flint Youth Justice League, a review of data-driven trends on the well-being of Flint children, remarks from Mayor Neeley, and Senator Ananich, and discussion on how we can work together for the future of kids.

Sharon Swindell, MD, MPH, will give the keynote address on “State of Michigan’s Kids: Blueprint for Children.” She is the president of the Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, an Emeritus pediatrician at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, and an advocate for Michigan children.

“The initiatives in Flint provide an opportunity for learning how to best help all children reach their full potential,” says Swindell. “I applaud the many passionate stakeholders and the resilience of the Flint community.”

A light breakfast will be served. Individuals that attend will have an opportunity for networking with community organization leaders, faculty experts, and community members who are passionate about moving forward the health and well being of Flint kids.

Registration not required.



About MSU-Hurley Children's Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative: In January 2016, Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital formed the Pediatric Public Health Initiative (PPHI) with the mission to improve outcomes for Flint children.

About Greater Flint Health Coalition: Established in 1996, the Greater Flint Health Coalition is a Flint, Michigan-based non-profit organization and partnership between Genesee County hospitals, physicians, business, insurers, public health professionals, policymakers, government leaders, educators, organized labor, community organizations, residents, and all those concerned about the well-being of our community and its residents. The two-fold mission of the Greater Flint Health Coalition is to improve the health status of Genesee County residents and the quality and cost-effectiveness of the health care system in the community. For more information on the Greater Flint Health Coalition, visit

Funding for the State of Flint Kids website and project has been provided by the A.G. Bishop Irrevocable Charitable Trust and the Community Foundation of Greater Flint’s Flint Kids Fund, with startup assistance from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

About Sharon Swindell: Sharon Swindell, MD, MPH, is an academic general pediatrician and child health advocate. She has recently retired from 25 years in practice at the University of Michigan Ypsilanti Pediatrics, a predominantly low-income patient population. She remains involved in the teaching of medical students and pediatric residents. She is the current President of the Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is passionate about child advocacy and specifically state-level legislation and policy affecting child health and well-being.

Swindell received a BA at William’s College, MD at the University of Texas Medical School- Houston, MPH at Harvard School of Public Health, and completed Pediatric Residency training, including a year as Chief Resident, at University of Massachusetts Medical School and Hospital."