What the Eyes Don’t See: Listening to Children and Families to Uncover Environmental Injustice

September 29, 2021 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Ashley Gaddis

Returning for a sixth season of engaging dialogue, BTC’s Learning to Listen: Conversations for Change features luminaries across the family-facing fields who are exploring current and emerging issues facing children and families today. Each conversation is facilitated by BTC Executive Director Dr. Joshua Sparrow.

Each free webinar is 1-hour long with an interactive Q&A session. Live Spanish language translation is offered at all conversations.

In this conversation, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha will retrace what she heard and saw as she listened to children and families that led her to uncover the lead poisoning epidemic disproportionately affecting the Black and Brown communities of Flint, Michigan. She will also discuss how she partnered with families in Flint to build a national movement for environmental justice.

Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP, is a pediatrician, scientist, activist, and author. Her research on blood lead levels in Flint, Michigan’s children sparked a national environmental and racial justice movement. Dr. Hanna-Attisha is founder and director of the Pediatric Public Health Initiative, an innovative and model public health program in Flint. She was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2016 and recognized as one of USA Today’s Women of the Century for her role in uncovering the Flint water crisis and leading recovery efforts. She has testified four times before the United States Congress and is a recipient of the Freedom of Expression Courage Award by PEN America. Most recently, she received the 2020 CDC Foundation’s Fries Prize for Improving Health. A frequent contributor to national media outlets, she is the founding donor of the Flint Child Health and Development Fund, and author of the widely acclaimed and bestselling book, What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City.