Doctor who helped expose Flint water crisis earns award

Associated Press

Flint — A doctor hailed as a champion in the Flint water crisis is getting an award from AARP Michigan.

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is the winner of the 2016 Stephen Gools award for social change. She’ll get the award Friday at Hurley’s Children Center in Flint.

State officials last year acknowledged a problem with lead in Flint’s water after Hanna-Attisha found elevated lead levels in children.

Flint used water from the Flint River for 18 months but didn’t treat it to reduce corrosion. As a result, the river water released lead into the water supply from old plumbing and fixtures.

AARP Michigan director Paula Cunningham says Hanna-Attisha is a “hero in this tragic story.”