Great Michigan Read at WMU

Making the case for public health: From flint to covid-19

Learn how Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha combined data, passion, personal experiences and effective partnerships to advocate for real change during the Flint water crisis that she chronicled in her book—What the Eyes Don't See—in this interactive, virtual What the Eyes Don't See bookpresentation at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 30.

Dr. Mona will also share her personal experience of contracting and recovering from COVID-19 and how the virus has exposed the public health care inequities that exist nationwide. Kristin Totten, an ACLU attorney representing the schoolchildren of Flint, will facilitate the discussion.
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This presentation is part of the Michigan Humanities' 2019-20 Great Michigan Read and more than 200 campus and community members participated in reading/discussion groups hosted by the southwest Michigan GMR regional partners in spring 2020: WMU Offices of Government Relations and Community Partnerships, Portage District Library, the Merze Tate Explorers and Half A Century Book Club. The Great Michigan Read is supported by national, statewide, and local partners, including the National Endowment for the Humanities and The Meijer Foundation.


About Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

Dr. Mona is the 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. Currently an associate professor of pediatrics and human development at the MSU College of Human Medicine, she has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World for her role in uncovering the Flint water crisis and leading recovery efforts. She was one of the first to question if lead was leaching from the city’s water pipes after an emergency manager switched the city’s water supply to the Flint River in 2014. She also is committed to increasing literacy in Flint and elsewhere.

“From the resistance of the Flint sit-down strikers to the reign of demagogue Charles Coughlin, Michigan’s DNA is full of history—some good and some bad and some shared and some hidden—which we must understand in order to address our present-day challenges,” Dr. Mona said. “Like so many Michiganders, my story is an immigrant story. It was critical to share this part of the story in this memoir because it informs how I see the world and the work that I am privileged to do.”

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Thank you to our regional GMR Partners:

                                           Half A Century Book Group
                                           Office of Government Relations