SPHHP to host presentation on Flint water crisis

Published February 26, 2016

A public health practitioner and UB alumna based at the University of Michigan-Flint will provide a front-line perspective on the many facets of the Flint water crisis during a talk Feb. 29 at UB.

The talk by Michelle Sahli, PhD ’12, assistant professor in the Department of Public Health & Health Sciences at the University of Michigan-Flint, is titled “Up to Our Necks in Flint River Water: A Public Health Crisis.” It will take place at noon in 144 Farber Hall, South Campus, and offers a unique opportunity to learn about a critical public health issue as it is occurring.

Sahli earned both an MS and PhD in epidemiology from the UB School of Public Health and Health Professions. She currently teaches “Introduction to Epidemiology” at Flint.

Sahli’s presentation is part of the School of Public Health and Health Professions’ public health seminar course, a non-credit bearing seminar series addressing the practice of public health for students in the Master of Public Health (MPH) program. Students in other programs, public health practitioners and UB community members also are invited to attend.

Topics of the seminar series range from chronic and infectious disease to environmental health and emergency preparedness, health education, health care administration and informatics.

“One of our goals with the public health seminar is to provide our students with a better understanding of current public health issues from a practice perspective,” says Kim Krytus, MPH coordinator for the School of Public Health and Health Professions.  “Having Dr. Sahli back is not only a great honor, but also serves as a very timely review of this critical public health issue.”

For more information about this seminar or future public health seminars, visit the School of Public Health and Health Professions’ website.