Unhealthy levels of air pollution in Michigan harm people’s health and reduces their quality of life. For example, recent data shows that the state’s nine oldest coal-fired power plants emit pollution associated with 68,000 cases of asthma exacerbation and 180 premature deaths in Michigan each year. On April 20, 2012, representatives from approximately 30 Michigan health organizations officially formed the MI Air MI Health coalition to give health groups a stronger voice when advocating for policies at the local, state, and federal levels that improve outdoor air quality, curb the harmful health impacts of climate change, and improve the health of children and families across Michigan.
MI Air MI Health is committed to ensuring healthy air for Michigan communities by assessing the health effects of air quality and advocating for the development, implementation, and enforcement of policies to address these issues, recognizing that clean air contributes to a healthy economy.
The Coalition’s steering committee includes the following members:
Ken Fletcher is an Advocacy Specialist with the American Lung Association in Michigan and directs their Healthy Air Campaign in the state. He has worked in the Michigan legislative and political areas for over 25 years and currently serves as the Supervisor of Delta Charter Township.
Harry Perlstadt is professor emeritus at Michigan State University and has conducted evaluation research on health related initiatives and projects. He has been a volunteer with the American Lung Association for over 25 years. He worked to pass the Michigan Clean Indoor Air Act in 1986 and currently serves on the American Lung Association National Board of Directors.
Tina Reynolds is the Health Policy Director at the Michigan Environmental Council. Tina has extensive experience in law and state public policy development. She holds a law degree from Wayne State University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan. She has worked as a law clerk, as an environmental policy analyst for the Michigan House of Representatives, as a legislative assistant for the 53rd House District (Ann Arbor) and most recently as legal counsel for the 18th State Senate District (Washtenaw County). Tina’s work focuses on ways to protecting people, especially vulnerable children, from exposure to dangerous toxics, and to improve health outcomes. Tina lives in East Lansing with her husband and their three children.