Dr. Hanna-Attisha is widely hailed as a hero of the Flint, MI water crisis. She brought to light the higher lead levels in Flint’s children after the city switched to the Flint river as its water source in 2014. In 2016, she was named one of Time’s 100 most influential people in the world. Dr. Hanna-Attisha is the director of the Pediatric Public Health Initiative & Pediatric Residency Program at Hurley Children’s Hospital at Hurley Medical Center at Michigan State University.
Dr. Hanna-Attisha will focus on the critical role health systems can play in addressing health inequities. Drawing on her work using health system data to identify the Flint water crisis and inequities, Dr. Hanna-Attisha will discuss lessons learned around collaboration and partnerships, the role hospitals and health systems can play, and the crucial need to engage and listen to communities most impacted by structural inequities.