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From Flint to Flooding to Zika: Protecting Disaster Health

HHS calls on center for innovation to accelerate Zika vaccine development

Right now, there is no vaccine to protect people from Zika. HHS is working to change that. Today, HHS announced that it is working with one of its Centers for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing (CIADM) to quickly develop a Zika vaccine.   To help develop the vaccine more quickly, the CIADM will use vaccine technology similar to that used in vaccines for similar viruses, such as Dengue. Learn More >>

Clinician vaccinating an adult

HHS moves to boost Zika vaccine capacity in Brazil

To help Brazil develop a vaccine to protect people from Zika virus infection, HHS  will join the World Health Organization (WHO) and international public health groups in providing funding and technical assistance to Brazil’s Butantan Institute, a biomedical research center and Brazilian government partner. Learn More >>

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After the Storm:  Cleaning up from flooding

This week, historic floods have struck many parts of the country, from West Virginia to California.  Floods are the #1 distaster in the United States, according the FEMA.  Whether or not a flood has struck your home this week, it makes sense for everyone to learn the basics of how to recover from a flood and what to think about.  Take a few minutes to learn answers to questions like “how do I clean up?” and “can I eat that?”  Learn More >>

Flooded town

Parents and Partners are Helping Shape Brighter Futures for Flint’s Children Despite Exposure to Lead

A healthy diet, early education, and assistance programs can help children in Flint thrive, but a recent report indicates that some children may need help reaching those goals.   If you think that your child may have been exposed to lead – in Flint or elsewhere – learn how parents and partners can work together to shape brighter futures. Learn More >>

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Watch, Listen and Learn:  Moving Patients when Disaster Strikes

When disaster strikes, patients may need to be moved out of state to get the care that they need. Making sure that all of the partners at the federal, state and local levels are ready to act at a moment’s notice to protect health and save lives takes coordination and training.  Get an insiders look at one of those training exercises and learn how these responders get ready to respond when seconds count.   Learn More >>

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Helping for the long term in Flint, Michigan

FlintWaterTowerPosted: 03 May 2016 03:00 AM PDT

Access to clean drinking water is a concern all over the world, but in the United States it’s often a foregone conclusion. That is not the case recently for the residents of Flint, Michigan, many of whom we now know have been exposed to lead in their tap water. It’s a crisis, one to which the American people readily responded by donating water and resources to help alleviate the immediate pain. But the problem won’t go away quickly, and understanding its extent is both challenging and an absolute necessity. Today, is providing $250,000 to partners in the Flint community to help, with a special focus on a technical solution for understanding and resolving the crisis for the long term.

First, we’re making a $150,000 grant to the University of Michigan-Flint to enable the University of Michigan-Flint to develop a comprehensive data platform that will assist government and community leaders in making more informed decisions about the crisis and providing critical information to citizens. The funds will support student researchers at the University of Michigan, Flint and Ann Arbor campuses, to do this work under the leadership of Professors Mark Allison (Flint) and Jake Abernathy (Ann Arbor) to answer key questions about the crisis and response, such as the probability of lead levels before they are tested. The team plans to develop a platform and app that visualizes the data and also provides the ability for citizens to seek out and request key services, such as reporting concerns about water and requesting testing kits. Google volunteers will provide guidance and mentoring on the technology and product design.

We’re also making a $100,000 donation to the Community Foundation of Greater Flint for the Flint Child Health & Development Fund. The Flint Child Health & Development Fund was founded to ensure the long-term health of Flint families, especially newborns to children 6 years old—the group most vulnerable to developmental issues from lead. The Fund is a supplemental resource to state and federal funding and gives grants for childcare-related initiatives such as early childhood education, student support services, continuous access to a pediatric medical home, access to infant and child behavioral health services, and research.

With Google offices in Ann Arbor and Birmingham, Flint and its residents are also our neighbors. In the immediate aftermath of the crisis, a group of 20 Google volunteers went to Flint and volunteered at the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, where they helped with distributing bottled water and food in the greater Flint area. Around $35,000 has been donated through employees and Google’s gift match program to the United Way of Genesee County and theFlint Water Fund to aid in the crisis, and our employee groups, like the Black Googler Network, continue to explore more ways to help.

As a native Michigander, I’m proud that we can help our neighbors in Flint. We hope we can support a resolution to this crisis and assist the residents of Flint in getting the resources they need and deserve, both for the short and long term.

Posted by Mike Miller, Head of Google Michigan

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