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The Children of Flint’s Water Crisis, Ten Years Later

In April 2014, Flint, Michigan, switched its water supply to the Flint River, resulting in a public health crisis. Lead exposure affected over 100,000 residents, including Ionna Brown, who experienced learning challenges and later earned a master's degree despite diagnoses of ADHD and dyslexia.


Positive strides have been made, such as replacing lead pipes and establishing support networks. However, ongoing challenges persist, with elevated rates of depression and behavioral issues among children. Residents like Brandon Gilleylen recall the shock of brown tap water and feeling ignored by officials. Despite early warnings, the state downplayed risks, exacerbating the crisis. The legacy of Flint's water emergency lingers, demanding continued attention to public health. Read this feature by Harvard Public Health about how residents will live with the consequences of the water crisis all their lives.