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At a Glance
  • Population: 9,995,915
  • Local Health Departments: 45
  • Frequent Public Health Emergencies: Communicable Disease Outbreaks, Environmental Contamination, Flooding, Winter Storms, Tornadoes
  • Key Emergency Operations Center Activations: 2017: Michigan Hepatitis A Outbreak Response; 2018: Michigan PFAS Water Contamination Response
  • CDC PHEP Funding:
    FY 2017: $16,381,967
    FY 2018: $17,477,167
    FY 2019: $16,185,611
PHEP-funded staff (rounded)
  • Epidemiologists: 17
  • Laboratorian: 18
  • Educator: 0
  • Health Professionals: 0
  • CDC Preparedness Field Staff: 1
  • Other*: 17

*Includes IT specialists, administrative staff, statisticians, and other positions

Top 5 Preparedness Investments
  1. Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiologic Investigation
  2. Public Health Laboratory Testing
  3. Medical Materiel Management and Distribution
  4. Emergency Operations Coordination
  5. Medical Countermeasure Dispensing and Distribution
Stories from the Field
Michigan Water Contamination
Responding to Water Contamination in Flint, Michigan

In 2016, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ emergency operations center was activated when the residents of Flint, Michigan, were found to be exposed to unsafe levels of lead through their drinking water. The governor declared a state of emergency, and instructed Flint residents to use only bottled or filtered water. PHEP supported free blood lead testing for people who couldn’t otherwise afford it, connecting the community’s most vulnerable residents with the care they needed. The Department of Health also educated residents about how to stay healthy and supported crisis counseling services, including a crisis hotline.

Page last reviewed: March 13, 2020, 11:45 AM