The Flint Water Crisis and Public Health: A Conversation with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

October 20, 2022 -
5:30pm to 7:00pm

Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD
C. S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Founding director of the Pediatric Public Health Initiative
Author of What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City

in conversation with

Maureen Lichtveld, MD, PhD
Professor and Dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health, and co-author of Environmental Policy and Public Health

Abstract: As a pediatrician at Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Michigan, after hearing that Flint water contained high levels of lead, Dr. Hanna-Attisha reviewed electronic health records and discovered that the percentage of children in Flint with over 5 micrograms per deciliter of lead in their blood increased after the city's water source changed from Lake Huron to the Flint River. She revealed her findings in a press conference before her research was peer reviewed, because of the public health implications of her findings, which were later published in the American Journal of Public Health. Her research and testimony before Congress led to a switch back to the city’s original water source and a massive influx of funding for public health and education initiatives in Flint. During this conversation with Dean Lichtveld, Dr. Hanna-Attisha will discuss her experience as a whistleblower regarding Flint’s water crisis.

Co-sponsored by the Atkins Center for Ethics at Carlow University, Pitt’s Center for Bioethics & Health Law, and the Research, Ethics and Society Initiative

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Online & at Carlow University campus in Antonian Hall