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The Flint Water Crisis: Lessons in Public Health, Law and Ethics

posted on Tue, Apr 19 2016 4:38 pm by The Network

Wednesday, May 18 | 1pm – 2:30 p.m. ET. View/download the slides.

The Flint water crisis is currently on the minds of many in public health. In 2014, while under the control of an emergency manager appointed by the State of Michigan to oversee city operations and control finances, Flint changed its source of water to the Flint River in a cost-cutting measure. Subsequently, elevated lead levels were detected in Flint's children. The effects of elevated lead will negatively impact the health of the community, especially its children, for years. This webinar, co-sponsored by the CDC’s Public Health Law Program and the Network for Public Health Law, will examine emergency manager laws and the Safe Drinking Water Act, and explore the ethical considerations in protecting the health of communities in financial crisis.


  • Denise Chrysler, J.D., Director, Network for Public Health Law ― Mid-States Region at the University of Michigan School of Public Health
  • William Piermattei, Managing Director, Environmental Law Program at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
  • Leonard Ortmann, Ph.D., Senior Ethics Consultant, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ― Office of the Associate Director for Science


  • Dawn Pepin, J.D., Legal Analyst/ORISE Fellow, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ― Public Health Law Program

Some attendees may qualify for CLE credit. ASLME is an approved provider of continuing legal education credits in several states; ASLME will also apply for CLE credits in other states upon request.

This webinar co-sponsored by the Network for Public Health Law, the CDC Public Health Law Program, and the American Society of Law Medicine and Ethics (ASLME).