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“We can help you with your tomatoes, but we do many other things,” MSU Extension’s interim director Jeff Dwyer tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today.

Dwyer says MSU Extension is structured into four institutes of health and nutrition, children’s initiatives like 4-H, traditional agriculture and agribusiness efforts, and green initiatives. MSU Extension has 600 employees across Michigan, Dwyer says, and they live in the counties they serve.

MSU and Hurley Children’s Hospital have announced a new Pediatric Public Health Initiative to address the Flint community’s population-wide lead exposure and help all Flint children grow up healthy and strong.

“It’s our effort to flip the story,” says Mona Hanna-Attisha, director of the pediatric residency program at Hurley Medical Center in Flint, and assistant professor of pediatrics and human development at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine. You know her as Dr. Mona from the Flint Water crisis. “We’re trying to build a model public health program.”

MSU alumnus and musician Joshua Davis finished in third place on NBC’s hit reality competition show The Voice last season. He talks about his time at MSU and how it impacted him, what made him dive into the world of reality television, and his rendition of the university’s iconic alma mater, “MSU Shadows”.

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