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Poisoning of a community: The impact of social injustice and neglect

Also available to view live via the internet. See details below.

Residents of Flint, Michigan have been living with poisoned water since 2014. An analysis of the events which lead up to the change in the source of drinking water reveal that the health and well-being of this community were assigned a low priority amidst concerns for cost savings and the careers of multiple public health officials. Intentionally or unintentionally, decisions were made which reflect the low regard for this largely minority population. The impact of this crisis includes physical and behavioral medical issues for children and adults, along with a severe breach of trust in public officials. Despite these issues there has been resurgence of the awareness of strength that resides in the voices of the people.

This public lecture will discuss the Flint Michigan drinking water contamination disaster, and the context of health inequities that made this possible.

Speaker - Dr Suzanne Selig

Suzanne Selig is Professor of Public Health and Director of the Department of Public Health & Health Sciences in the University of Michigan, Flint. Dr. Selig's research interests are in the areas of community-campus partnerships, the role of racism in health disparities, social epidemiology and culturally competent practice.

All welcome.

Link in live via internet

For those unable to be there in person, this seminar will also be offered by webinar, meaning you can link in live over the internet from your computer. For details on how the webinar works and the link to connect, please click here.

Date Friday, 31 March 2017
Time 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Audience Public,All University
Event Category Health Sciences
Event Type Seminar
DepartmentPublic Health
LocationUniversity of Otago, Wellington | 23a Mein Street, Newtown | Level D

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