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Watch Bridge’s Lunch Break about the toll of the Flint water crisis on kids

Bridge Lunch Break event
  • Experts joined more than 30 participants to discuss the impacts of living through the city’s water crisis on Flint’s kids
  • Panelists discussed the effects of the crisis — from the time the city switched its water supply to the Flint River to the current day — the hopeful news about blood lead levels in Flint’s kids, and what these findings suggest about learning, education and more
  • Watch the full recording of the discussion below

Bridge Michigan’s monthly Lunch Break series returned Wednesday with a discussion of the effects of living through the Flint water crisis on this city’s kids, 10 years after the tragedy began.

If you missed this live Zoom event, you can stream it below.


Panelists included Hernan Gomez, pediatric emergency room physician at Hurley Medical Center; Pamela Pugh, president of the State Board of Education and Ashley Strozier, Flint parent. Enterprise reporter Ron French moderated the discussion, and more than 30 participants joined the conversation in real time.

The conversation focused on how current the Flint water crisis still feels for the city’s residents, the health and quality-of-life impacts for families living in the city during the switch to water from the Flint River, the inadequacy of the response to the crisis, the hopeful news about blood lead levels among Flint children, implications for learning and education, how schools are working to help Flint’s kids and more.

Bridge’s Lunch Break monthly series focuses on timely topics facing our state. Previous discussions have included examinations of efforts to educate students for careers in Michigan, solutions to gun violence in Michigan, the long-term impact of pollution from Michigan’s automotive industry, youth mental health in Michigan and ideas for growing the state’s population.



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Our Lunch Break series will resume in June. The date, time and topic will be announced soon.

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