Proclamations presented by board


– Photos by John Meiu

PHOTO #1: On Wednesday, December 9, in the Oakland County Board of Commissioners’ Auditorium in Pontiac, Oakland County officials honored newly appointed Oakland County Sixth Circuit Court Judge Jeffery Matis (right) for his years of outstanding service and leadership as vice chairman of the Oakland County Board of Commissioners. He was elected to the Board of Commissioners in 2010 where he served as commissioner for residents in the cities of Rochester Hills and Rochester in district #15 until his resignation from the board in November 2015.  Board Chairman Michael J. Gingell (left) was happy to present the proclamation and special service award to Matis.

PHOTO #2: Also during the December 9 meeting, Oakland County Commissioner David Woodward (right) presented a proclamation to Oakland County resident Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha (left). She led research efforts that tested blood levels of children in Flint when she suspected a correlation between the switch from the Detroit Water System to the Flint River after much complaint about the water quality from Flint residents. “Mona protected the health of countless children,” Woodward stated. “Despite being fought by the highest levels of government, her leadership and determination reminds us of the positive impact that a single person can have.” Hanna-Attisha’s research and findings proved that blood-lead levels in children jumped from 2.1% in 20 months prior to September 15, 2013, to 4.0% between January 1, 2015 and September 15, 2015.  In certain parts of the community the lead levels in children jumped from 2.5% to 6.3%. Hanna-Attisha grew up in Royal Oak.  She is a University of Michigan and Michigan State University graduate. She serves as the MPH program director for the pediatric residency at Hurley Children’s Hospital at Hurly Medical Center in Flint. She is a researcher, pediatrician and professor at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.  Hanna-Attisha teaches pediatrics and human development at the university and serves on the Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.