Michigan’s top clean water advocate lends her expertise to Flint City Hall

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A Flint native who heads the Michigan Office of the Clean Water Public Advocate is lending her expertise to the City of Flint. Ninah Sasy is serving as an adviser to the administration to add capacity and strategic planning around health services available to residents.

“It is a blessing for us to have such a high caliber person working with us in this vital space,” Mayor Sheldon Neeley said.

Sasy began her work with the City of Flint today (Jan. 17, 2020). Among her duties is providing strategic direction to the city’s team of health navigators. They provide outreach and work to raise awareness of the resources that are available to residents.

Sasy will continue in her position as a Clean Water Public Advocate for the State of Michigan, but is being specifically assigned to support the city of Flint’s efforts.

“I am proud to be home and serving the community I love,” Sasy said.

Sasy has managed several statewide public health and emergency response initiatives, most recently leading the development of the Mother Infant Health and Equity Improvement Plan for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. In her role as senior strategist with MDHHS, she was responsible for developing innovative solutions and partnerships to improve health outcomes for mothers and babies in Michigan.

A graduate of Hamady High School, she earned her bachelor’s degree in clinical laboratory science from Michigan State University and her Masters in Science Administration from Central Michigan University.

Health navigators can be reached at (810) 237-2005 or call the City of Flint Information Desk at (810) 766-7165.

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