It’s been over 5 years since Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a Flint pediatrician, first brought public attention to the discovery that there was lead contaminating the drinking water of Flint residents. This summer, WDET Book Club and Detroit Today is hosting a summer series featuring her book “What the Eyes Don’t See”.
While numerous organizations and foundations across the globe reached out to assist Flint, there was one organization already on the ground providing residents with the resources they needed: United Way of Genesee County.
For the organization’s CEO, Jamie Gaskin, the drive to support the community through the crisis extended beyond professional obligation — he and his son were Flint residents themselves at the time. To this day, they are listed on the Flint Registry so they can understand long-term health effects of their lead exposure.
Jamie Gaskin joins Detroit Today to discuss the United Way of Genesee County’s hands-on role in aiding Flint residents before and during the Flint Water Crisis, reestablishing trust within the community, and collaborating with other organizations, government agencies and residents to manage both the short and long-term consequences of water insecurity.
Gaskin joins Detroit Today with Stephen Henderson to talk about that process, the challenges and how sometimes they were just flat out lied to.