Dr. Mona In Conversation with Chelsea Clinton at Barnes & Noble

A Conversation about The Flint Water Crisis & Advocating for Kids

June 19, 2018 in New York, NY

“Hanna-Attisha infuses her story with context from her own family history … Told with passion and intelligence, What the Eyes Don’t See is an essential text for understanding the full scope of injustice in Flint and the importance of fighting for what’s right.”

Booklist, starred review

The story of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan shocked the nation—that a city located directly in the middle of the largest source of clean water in the world had been using contaminated water and exposed thousands of children to lead poisoning, seemed like an impossibility. What at first seemed like an unforeseen, unfortunate incident, opened up a web of how misguided austerity policies, the withdrawal of democratic government, and callous bureaucratic indifference placed an entire city at risk. At the heart of uncovering the truth was pediatrician Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, accompanied by an idiosyncratic team of researchers, parents, friends, and community leaders—who used science to prove that Flint’s kids were exposed to lead and then courageously went public with her research and faced a brutal backlash from her own local government.

In her new memoir, WHAT THE EYES DON’T SEE, Dr. Mona offers a beautifully rendered account of a shameful disaster that has, ultimately, become a tale of hope. This is the story of a city on the ropes whose residents came together to fight for justice, self-determination, and the right to build a better world for their—and all of our—children. Join us for a powerful evening with Dr. Mona when she engages in an intimate conversation with Chelsea Clinton about hope and the future for Flint and the city’s kids.

  • Photo Credits:
  • Dr. Mona – © Mike Naddeo
  • Chelsea Clinton – Courtesy of Chelsea Clinton

Event Details

What was Included


Date & Time

June 19, 2018
Conversation and Q&A begins at 7:00PM; Book Signing to Follow to 9:00PM


New York, NY

Barnes & Noble Union Square
33 E 17th St
New York, NY 10003

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About Flint Kids

Flint Child Health and Development Fund

How We’re Responding

The Flint water crisis has touched the hearts of people nationwide, and the response to flintkids.org is inspiring and deeply appreciated. To date, we have raised over $19 million in gifts for the Flint Child Health and Development Fund and have awarded nearly $5 Million in grants.

Donating to the Flint Child Health & Development Fund is the single-most important action you can take to ensure long-term change for the better in response to our water crisis. We know the needs of Flint children exposed to lead, particularly those most vulnerable – children ages 0-6 – are ongoing and long-term.  When you make a donation to the Flint Child Health & Development Fund, you can be assured that your gift will be used for the long term health and development needs of Flint children exposed to lead.

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Have questions? 
Please contact Mary Jo Herbig, Director of Communications, with questions, comments and concerns at mherbig@cfgf.org or 810-767-8270.

If Mailing a Gift
Gifts should be made payable to Foundation for Flint. Please mention Flint Child Health and Development Fund in your correspondence.

Mail to:
Foundation for Flint
Community Foundation Building
500 S. Saginaw St., Suite 200
Flint, MI 48502

About the Author

MSU's Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha.

Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, is associate professor of pediatrics at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and director of the pediatric residency program at Hurley Children’s Hospital in Flint, Michigan. Dr. Hanna-Attisha received her bachelor’s and Master of Public Health degrees from the University of Michigan and her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. She completed her residency at Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit, where she was chief resident. In 2015, Dr. Hanna-Attisha was heralded internationally for her study that exposed elevated lead blood levels in Flint children. Today, Dr. Hanna-Attisha directs the Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, an innovative and model public health program to research, monitor and mitigate the impact of the Flint Water Crisis and help all Flint children grow up healthy and strong. In addition, Dr. Hanna-Attisha is the author of the forthcoming book, “What The Eyes Don’t See.”

Courtesy of Chelsea Clinton

Chelsea Clinton: As Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, Chelsea Clinton works to drive its vision and programmatic objectives with the goal of creating greater opportunities for people to build better futures for themselves, their families, and their communities. Chelsea is a tireless advocate for expanding access to early childhood education, improving the health and well-being of Americans across the country, providing the next generation of young leaders with the resources they need to turn their ideas into action, and ensuring the empowerment of girls and women is a cross-cutting priority across all of the Foundation’s programs and initiatives. Chelsea also serves on the board of the Clinton Foundation’s affiliated Clinton Health Access Initiative and Alliance for a Healthier Generation. In addition, Chelsea is co-author with Devi Sridhar of “Governing Global Health: Who Runs the World and Why?”, and author of “It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going”, “She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World” and the companion “She Persisted Around the World.” Chelsea holds a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford, a Master of Public Health from Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, and both a Master of Philosophy and a Doctorate in international relations from Oxford University. She lives with her husband Marc, their daughter Charlotte, and their son Aidan in New York City.