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In this episode hosts David Hill, MD, FAAP, and Joanna Parga-Belinkie, MD, FAAP, focus on the need for advocacy in pediatrics. They talk to Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP, about her work to expose lead contamination in the water of Flint, Mich. The hosts also interview Caroline Fitzpatrick, PhD, about her Pediatrics article on kindergarten readiness and its effects on future health.



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Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP


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, Mich. A pediatrician, scientist, activist and author, Dr. Hanna-Attisha has testified three times before the United States Congress. She was awarded the Freedom of Expression Courage Award by PEN America, was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, and most recently was recognized as one of USA Today’s Women of the Century for her role in uncovering the Flint water crisis and leading recovery efforts.

Dr. Hanna-Attisha’s widely acclaimed book What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City, a 2018 New York Times 100 Notable Book, is a riveting account of a shameful disaster that has become a timely playbook of resistance and hope.

Caroline Fitzpatrick, PhD


Caroline Fitzpatrick, PhD, is an assistant professor at Université Sainte-Anne in Nova Scotia, where she teaches psychology and statistics. She is also an appointed research fellow at the University of Johannesburg in the department of childhood education. Her work addresses the childhood origins of education and health inequities. The goal of her research is to inform social policies and public health initiatives aimed at improving child physical and mental health.

Mona Hanna-Attisha's Website

Conflict of Interest Disclosure:

The interviewees have no conflicts of interest to disclose

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Theme music composed by Matthew Simonson at

*The views expressed in this podcast are those of the guests and not necessarily those of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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