GR mayor among members of new lead exposure task force

Jun 10, 2016

L to R: Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, Healthy Homes Coalition Executive Director Paul Haan.
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Two west Michigan leaders are among members of a new state board tackling lead poisoning.

Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss and Paul Haan, executive director of the Health Homes Coalition of West Michigan, were appointed to the new Child Lead Poisoning Elimination Board by Governor Rick Snyder on Friday.

Other members include Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, director of pediatric residency at Hurley Medical Center in Flint and a well-known advocate during the Flint contamination crisis.

Lt. Governor Brian Calley was appointed board chair.

The 12-member task force also includes the directors of the state departments of environmental quality, health and human services, regulatory affairs and housing development.

Snyder says he created the board to establish statewide prevention strategies for lead exposure in children.