Flint Kids Exposed to Lead Deserve Long-Term Support
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Millions in Funding Supports Flint Child Health & Development Fund
Boston, MA (June 29, 2016) – The long-term effects of lead exposure to children under the age of six can be devastating. While the children of Flint, Michigan, were experiencing the lead in water crisis, the Community Foundation of Greater Flint recognized this and sprang into action. The Flint Foundation identified the long-term health and development needs of Flint children exposed to lead and thus the Flint Child Health & Development Fund was established.
The Flint Child Health & Development Fund has raised over $8 million to aid Flint children with interventions that support positive health outcomes, including:
· Crisis response
· Optimal child health & development
· Early childhood education
· Continuous access to a pediatric medical home
· Access to infant and child behavioral health services
· Nutrition education
· Healthy food access
· Safe & healthy home environments
· Integrated social services
Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha of Hurley Medical Center, founding donor of the Flint Child Health & Development Fund; and Kathi Horton, president of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, recently accepted a donation from the Coverys Community Healthcare Foundation, Inc. to support their efforts.
“If there was ever a time to invest in our children, it is now,” said Dr. Mona. “Our Flint children deserve every opportunity to be healthy and successful. The creation of the Flint Kids Fund will further ensure that our children are afforded the resources and interventions to overcome this population-wide exposure to lead. The $100,000 grant from the Coverys Community Healthcare Foundation will help achieve this long-term goal.”
“The Community of Greater Flint is grateful to the Coverys Community Healthcare Foundation for their generous gift,” said Kathi Horton, President of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint. “We appreciate Coverys’ commitment to invest in communities and provide resources for healthy, educational, and safe living environments.”
“If the grant can help alleviate the pain experienced in the aftermath of the Flint water crisis in just one child, we consider it a successful donation,” said Dr. Norris, board member and chair of the Coverys Charitable Giving Committee. “The Foundation supports nonprofit organizations determined to better the healthcare community and we are happy to help the Flint Kids Fund reach those objectives.”
About The Community Foundation of Greater Flint
The Community Foundation of Greater Flint serves the common good in Genesee County—building a strong community by engaging people in philanthropy and developing the community’s permanent endowment—now and for generations to come. CFGF helps donors support the causes they care about, today or through their estates. Since 1988 the Community Foundation has granted more than $100 million to nonprofit organizations to build a thriving community. CFGF serves Flint and all of Genesee County including its community funds in Clio, Davison, Fenton, Flushing and Grand Blanc. It also stewards the Flint Child Health and Development Fund in response to the Flint Water Crisis.
Coverys is a leading medical professional liability insurance provider dedicated to protecting the livelihood of physicians, hospitals, dentists, podiatrists and advanced practice providers. Coverys uses data intelligence to help policyholders anticipate, identify and manage risk in order to reduce errors, eliminate inefficiency and improve outcomes.
Headquartered in Boston, MA, Coverys has regional offices in East Lansing, MI, Morristown, NJ, Columbus, OH, Maple Valley, WA and Omaha, NE. For more information, visit www.coverys.com.
About Coverys Community Healthcare Foundation
Through funding, the Coverys Community Healthcare Foundation positively reinforces charitable organizations and innovative programs that improve patient care and safety, promote healthy lifestyles, address obesity and support individuals and organizations that provide healthcare services, including causes in which Coverys employees are involved. The development of the Foundation exemplifies Coverys’ dedication to being an affirmative and active corporate citizen in the healthcare community and the communities in which it operates.
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Lauren Winer, 617-502-4396