Alumnus David Rosner interviewed on PBS about Flint, MI lead crisis

University of Massachusetts Environmental Health Sciences alum David Rosner, MPH '72

David Rosner

April 18, 2016

David Rosner, MPH in Environmental Health Sciences ('72), Ph.D. from Harvard University ‘78, was among the experts interviewed on the PBS show The Open Mind about the roots of the lead crisis in Flint, MI.

"It’s a huge issue. It’s not just Flint, it’s many other communities that are suffering with pipes but also with paint in decrepit buildings, and we’ve been able to in some sense isolate these issues in these crises by basically saying it’s not our problem as a middle-class society. It’s a problem of poor people. It’s a problem of environmental racism," said Rosner during the show.

He is presently the Ronald H. Lauterstein Professor of Sociomedical Sciences and Professor of History at Columbia University. Rosner is also co-director of the Center for the History of Public Health at Columbia, and is the author of 12 books, including most recently Lead Wars: The Politics of Science and the Fate of America's Children, co-authored with Gerald Markowitz.

Watch the video below: