Episode 74 : Mona Hanna-Attisha On Social Advocacy & Medicine

Featured Guest: Mona Hanna-Attisha

  • Jul 16, 2018

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is a Pediatrician who brought the epidemic of lead exposure in the water supply of Flint, Michigan to national exposure in 2015. She has become an example for physicians and scientists of how and why they can and must stand up on social issues. She joins us to discuss her incredible work, the importance of courage and how to build it, and her wonderful new book “What The Eyes Don’t See.”  She reminds us too, that the strength she displays “is in all of us. This is all of our jobs.”

Key Points

  1.  Advocacy as a path into the profession of medicine
  2.  Using her megaphone and the power of “What The Eyes Don’t See”
  3. Doctor as renegade and as detective
  4. How did she think of lead exposure in water in the first place
  5. Building the resources to speak truth to power as a physician
  6. Where Dr. Hanna-Attisha’s courage comes from
  7. The tools needed for physicians to leverage the impact they can have on society
  8. Dealing with the onslaught of pushback by building a team around you
  9. What could happen if doctors rallied en masse around social issues
  10. Teaching others to be both renegade and physician
  11. Creating a comprehensive clinic to address social determinants of health.
  12. What Dr. Hanna-Attisha is most proud of and what she regrets through her journey to date
  13. The beginning of the journey in Flint.
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