- Associated Press - Monday, February 17, 2014

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - The C.S. Mott Foundation announced Monday it is giving a $9 million grant designed to help establish an expanded presence for Michigan State University’s medical school and public health program in Flint by the fall.

The grant will help Michigan State create an endowment to be used to increase the number of students trained in Flint and to recruit public health researchers who will be based in the city.

Michigan State’s College of Human Medicine launched its public health program and master’s in public health degree on the main campus in East Lansing in 2008.

Michigan State decided in 2011 to embed the public health program in Flint. The Mott Foundation helped fund the effort with a $2.8 million grant that year.

MSU medical students have trained in Flint for many years, and the university has developed a strong working relationship with our local health care institutions,” Mott Foundation President and CEO William White said in a statement. “This public health project adds an exciting new dimension to that work.”

The College of Human Medicine’s Flint campus, including the public health program and researchers, will occupy 40,000 square feet of a downtown building that once housed the offices of The Flint Journal.

“We are committed to providing much-needed health services for the Flint region, and we’re excited about the new opportunities this expansion creates for our students,” said Michigan State President Lou Anna Simon.