It has been over five and a half years since the water crisis in Flint. Here’s a film block devoted to this city and its citizens.
“A Change of Practice: Leadership in Medicine for the Underserved” is a half-hour documentary film that follows third- and fourth-year LMU students as they help residents in Flint navigate the lead water crisis and the insidious impacts of poverty. LMU students learn they are called to be more than physicians; their role is to change the practice of medicine. As one of the LMU students says in the film if they don’t advocate for patients, who will?
LeeAnne Walters led a citizens’ movement that tested the tap water in Flint, Michigan, and exposed the Flint water crisis. The results showed that one in six homes had lead levels in water that exceeded the EPA’s safety threshold. Walters’ persistence compelled the local, state, and federal governments to take action and ensure that residents of Flint have access to clean water. Narrated by Robert Redford, Flipping the Switch shows how ordinary people can effect extraordinary change. LeeAnne was a winner of the prestigious 2018 Goldman Environmental Prize.
While GM plants in Flint closed in the 80s, unemployment, crimes & drugs skyrocketed. Then after years of government missteps there was the water crisis. But Flint entrepreneurs aren’t hopeless. Although not an easy route, they continue to make their own small businesses successful for their families & their town.