Assessment of the study on Enhanced Disease Surveillance and Environmental Monitoring in Flint, Michigan
In 2014 and 2015 two outbreaks of Legionnaires’ Disease were observed in the City of Flint. The outbreaks coincided with a change in drinking water quality in April 2014, when the city’s source for drinking water production and treatment was switched. To better protect the people of Flint, the Flint Area Community Health and Environment Partnership (FACHEP) was established to execute a large, complex, and multidisciplinary project entitled “ENHANCED DISEASE SURVEILLANCE AND ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING IN FLINT, MICHIGAN.”
Because of a growing dispute between the client (State of Michigan, MDHHS) and the FACHEP team, the State of Michigan asked KWR to serve as an external, independent project oversight party, to oversee the project being conducted by FACHEP. KWR carried out a scoping mission to better understand all issues concerned in order to determine whether KWR has the knowledge, skills, and disposition to act as project oversight team on behalf of the client (MDHHS).