Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha delivered the Gruber Distinguished Lecture in Global Justice , in a virtual conversation with Dr. Kaveh Khoshnood, on Monday, October 26. The lecture was on “Water Crisis in Flint and COVID-19 Pandemic in U.S.: Lessons Learned and Preparing for The Next Public Health Crisis”.
Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP is founder and director of the Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, an innovative and model public health program in Flint, Michigan. A pediatrician, scientist, activist and author, Dr. Hanna-Attisha has testified three times before the United States Congress, awarded the Freedom of Expression Courage Award by PEN America, named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, and most recently recognized as one of USA Today’s Women of the Century for her role in uncovering the Flint water crisis and leading recovery efforts. A frequent contributor to national outlets including the New York Times and Washington Post, she has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, BBC and countless other media outlets championing the cause of children in Flint and beyond. She is the founding donor of the Flint Child Health and Development Fund (flintkids.org). A Covid-19 survivor, Dr. Hanna-Attisha has donated her convalescent plasma three times while advocating for health and racial equity.
Dr. Hanna-Attisha’s widely acclaimed book What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City is a riveting, beautifully rendered account of a shameful disaster that has become a timely playbook of resistance and hope. A 2018 New York Times 100 Notable Book, it is the story of a city on the ropes that came together to fight for justice, self-determination, and the right to build a better world for their—and all of our—children.
Dr. Hanna-Attisha received her bachelor’s and Master of Public Health degrees from the University of Michigan and her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine (MSU CHM). She completed her residency at Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit, where she was chief resident. She is currently a C. S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Human Development and at MSU CHM.
Information on the Gruber Distinguished Lectures in Justice and Women’s Rights is available here.