Flint Native Settled in as Leader of Community Outreach and Resident Education Program

Contact: Tiffany Brown, brownt22@michigan.gov 517-242-1376
Agency: Environmental Quality

March 1, 2017

CORE program provides door-to-door filter education, info on resources to Flint residents

Flint Native, Paul Newman, Settled in as Leader of Community Outreach and Resident Education ProgramFLINT, Mich. Long-time Flint resident Paul Newman has settled into his position as program director for the Community Outreach and Resident Education (CORE) program and said he is encouraged by what he has seen so far. CORE was established to ensure Flint residents are properly installing, using and maintaining their water filters and are aware of available resources.

While the most recent data shows that the City of Flint’s water system is testing below action levels of the federal Lead and Copper Rule, the state is still recommending the use of water filters in any areas where lead pipe replacement efforts continue.

CORE teams are comprised of Flint residents from the community who have helped each other overcome many of the same challenges. To date, CORE teams have attempted nearly 78,000 visits and connected with nearly 23,000 residents.

Residents can call 810-238-6700 with questions about filter usage or to schedule a home visit by a CORE member.

“One of the great things about the CORE teams is that we have local residents helping local residents,” Newman said. “I have confidence that Flint can bounce back from this crisis as a strong and vibrant city truly reflective of the strength in our residents.”

Newman is overseeing and managing the anticipated 16 CORE coordinators and 160 CORE team members.

A Flint native, Newman’s commitment to serving his community is extensive.

Newman retired from General Motors as an executive after 30 years and is chairman of the Flint Mass Transportation Authority Board of Directors. Newman has served as former president and is a member of the Genesee Intermediate School District Board of Education, with 26 years of service. He also is a former 18-year member of the Flint Board of Education, and served as president and CEO of the Urban League of Flint from 2004 to 2007, as well as CEO of the Flint YWCA from 2008 to 2013.

Newman holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Trine University in Indiana.

The CORE program is being run by the City of Flint in partnership with the State of Michigan.