Today a mobile medical clinic from The Children’s Health Fund fleet arrived in Flint, Michigan from New York. As co-founder of the CHF along with Dr. Irwin Redlener, this is an issue close to Paul’s heart.
Dr. Redlener, a pediatrician who is president of CHF and professor of public health at Columbia University, was in Flint today with Senator Debbie Stabenow and Mayor Karen Weaver – Karen About Flint. “We can’t turn back time and reverse the impact of lead exposure in children exposed to contaminated water. But we can make sure that every child and family has access to the screening, health care, intensive medical support and follow-up that is necessary to minimize whatever challenges they face as a result of the toxic exposure,” he said.
The Children’s Health Fund is particularly interested in making sure that children who have been exposed to lead are not further burdened by unidentified or under-treated health conditions that are known to interfere with optimal development or learning in children.