CCED Flint



Aquaponic classes: Will start on Thursday September 28 from 5:30 to 8:30 at the Oak Business Center. Robert Sollman, Director of Sanilac County ISD Career Center’s Agricultural Sciences and an aquaponic farmer, is the instructor.   The “hands on” bi-weekly classes will run throughout the Fall and will cover the science and application of Aquaponics. The classes are made possible by a small grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Flint.

Aqua-House: The concept of repurposing abandoned houses in legacy cities into semi-subterranean greenhouses was developed through MSU’s Regional Economic Innovation (REI) University Center. Aqua-House is a semi-subterranean passive solar greenhouse that utilizes the basement to attic system of an abandoned home to build an aquaponics system.

Neighborhoods Without Borders (NWB)

Tendaji Talks: CCED-Flint along with Flint Partners formed NWB in 2012. NWB is a community-based network that uses an asset-based approach to work on critical Flint neighborhood issues and their root causes. Our current and ongoing efforts centers on working to dismantle systemic and institutional racism.  We do this by understanding and working on White power and privilege and understanding African American history in Flint.

Narrative Change:

  • Ask an American: Conversations to create greater understanding across cultures and groups in Flint.
  • Hugs for Unity: Simple public action to help change the narrative of Flint.
  • Kindness Rally: A venue that gives people a chance to voice the positive possibilities of kindness in a world consumed by anger and hate.


Community Projects (CCED Flint is a partner)

North Flint Food Market: Multi-sector, multi-year project to build and staff a 25,000-square foot co-op grocery store on the North side of Flint. Flint is a food desert. North Flint Reinvestment Corporation is the lead.

Flint Regional Food System Advisory Team: A Community Foundation 5-year project to create and equitable and sustainable Flint Metro food system.

ReCAST: A 5-year trauma reduction effort to deal with historical and water crisis trauma in Flint. MSU College of Human Medicine Flint is the lead.

Water/Lead Recovery (CCED Flint is a partner)

Communications Team: Tasked with creating trusted recovery communication to Flint residents, especially those who are hard to reach.

General Weekly Sessions: Networking and information sharing sessions regarding recovery efforts.

Research Initiatives (CCED Flint is a partner)

FFAR: Finding the Proper Levers: Identifying leverage points for transformation in urban food systems through participatory modeling. Co-P.I. – Steven Gray, Laura Schmidt Olabsis, College of Ag  (Letter of Intention submitted last week).

PPHI: Pediatric Public Health Initiative addresses the Flint community’s population-wide lead exposure and help all Flint children grow up healthy and strong. CCED Flint is participating on the following committees and boards:

  • Parents Group
  • Bi-weekly Coordination Team
  • All Groups Meetings
  • Advisory Board

P.I. – Mona Hanna Attisha, College of Human Medicine

Community and National Networks (Key Relationships)

WOW Outreach and Community Action: a network of individuals and groups collaborating and engaging to eliminate the tolerance for violence in Flint. Its vision is a socially connected Flint working together to create safe neighborhoods.

Genesee County Community Collaborative: local health and human services multi-purpose collaborative body.

Flint Housing Commission/Slight Edge: Commission’s resource development entity. 

Strategic Doing Core Team: guiding and management group of the National Strategic Doing Institute.

Brokering MSU Faculty/Staff Flint Engagement

University Outreach and Engagement works to support the development of partnerships between MSU researchers and the Flint Community.  These partnerships combine scientific knowledge with community wisdom to address issues of concern as defined by the Flint community.