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UM-Flint researchers publish study on the promotion of safe water drinking

-Campus News & Digest, August 12 - 26, 2019

Researchers from the Department of Public Health and Health Sciences at UM-Flint recently
had research published in the American Journal of Health Promotion that delved into how
to promote safe water drinking for women of reproductive age, as it relates to lead-contaminated water.

Women of this age range, via a survey and focus groups, were asked their suggestions.
Some of the ideas included family-based interventions, such as learning how to install lead
water filters and clean bathroom sink aerators, providing materials to gynecologists for them
to give to women for greater awareness of the effects of lead exposure on pregnancies, and
community-wide discussions.

Drs. Gergana Kodjebacheva and Lisa Lapeyrouse, both associate professors within the department,
along with Jamie Rahrig, Kanday Campbell, and Loretta Walker conducted the research.
Rahrig and Campbell were graduate students at the time of the research, and Walker was an
undergraduate student.

“I believe the results of this research help to reinforce the fact that the negative health effects
of lead-contaminated water are not limited to children, but also impact adults as well as fetuses in
utero,” said Dr. Lapeyrouse, an assistant professor within the department.