Track 4: Enhancing Public Health, Healthcare, and Emergency Management Systems
PFAS — or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances — are manmade contaminants that include PFOA, PFOS, and other chemicals, and their exposure can lead to adverse human health effects. Michigan’s PFAS contamination, which was the state’s most widespread environmental crisis and affected ground and surface water in communities, required a coordinated response effort. This included identifying system weaknesses, and highlighting replicable and scalable tools and resources that empowered their most vulnerable communities to become resilient. The coordinated response structure has proven effective in building preparedness, as Michigan continues to respond with ongoing clean-up efforts.