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Snyder names West Michigan leaders to lead poisoning board

July 5, 2016
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Rosalynn Bliss
Rosalynn Bliss. Photo via grcity.us

A pair of West Michigan leaders will serve on a new board to develop a statewide strategy to prevent childhood exposure to lead.

Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss and Paul Haan, executive director of the Grand Rapids-based Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan, were named gubernatorial appointees to the Child Lead Poisoning Elimination Board.

The 12-member board is chaired by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and includes seven members appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder and four state departmental directors or their designees.

“Preventing childhood lead exposure will be a significant step in helping young Michiganders have a healthier future,” Calley said. “The governor has appointed a top-notch group that is truly focused on getting this done, and I’m anxious to get started with them.”

West Michigan appointees

Bliss is the first female mayor of Grand Rapids and also serves as director of residential services at D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s in Grand Rapids, which provides emergency shelter for abused and neglected children. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and criminal justice from the University of South Alabama and a master’s degree in social work from Michigan State University.

In his role at the Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan, Haan has more than 15 years of experience working in childhood lead poisoning prevention and intervention and an extensive history addressing housing and community development in low-income households. He has a bachelor’s degree in communication and philosophy from Calvin College.

Gubernatorial appointees

Riley Alley, St. Clair County’s Regional Education Service Agency, Port Huron

Mona Hanna-Attisha, Hurley Medical Center, Flint

Rosalynn Bliss, mayor, Grand Rapids

Paul Haan, Health Homes Coalition of West Michigan, Grand Rapids

Rebecca Meuninck, Ecology Center, Ann Arbor

Abdul El-Sayed, Detroit Health Department, Detroit

Lyke Thompson, Center for Urban Studies at Wayne State University, Detroit

State departments represented on board

Department of Environmental Quality

Department of Health and Human Services

Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

Michigan State Housing Development Authority

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