This role-play exercise accompanies a case study focused on the toxic water crisis in Flint, Michigan between 2011 and the end of 2016, which followed the decision to switch the city’s public water supply from Lake Huron to the more corrosive Flint River. The case outlines the factors that led to the initial government decision, and the social, economic, health, and policy consequences that followed. It highlights the role of citizens, scientists, and activists in raising public awareness of the crisis and the toxic long-term effects of lead poisoning on affected children. It also illustrates the challenges and questions such a crisis poses for other communities in the United States and globally. This in-class exercise challenges students to adopt the "personas" of key stakeholders in the Flint crisis and debate the best ways to address the issues raised in the case through those perspectives.
The case study is also accompanied by an instructor’s note and a discussion guide with teaching graphic.
Gordon R, Holman S. Flint, Michigan: Lethal Water. Role-Play Exercise. Global Health Education and Learning Incubator at Harvard University 2017. http://repository.gheli.harvard.edu/repository/11519.