Environmental Justice in Flint and Beyond

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“It is even more important for public health leaders and physicians to use their voice in communities that have become largely voiceless, and that is what Flint had become.” Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, whose research demonstrated that the children of Flint  were suffering lead poisoning due to the change in the city’s drinking water supply.

“That, to me, is nothing more than slam-dunk, in-your-face racism.” Dr. Robert Bullard, one of the country’s foremost environmental justice scholars.

Hear Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha and Dr. Robert Bullard on the Flint water crisis and environmental justice in Flint and beyond. Also, excerpts from CEH Executive Director Michael Green’s testimony at a recent Congressional briefing on lead poisoning in Flint.

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You can have your water tested for lead.

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Learn more at the Healthy Babies Bright Futures website.

Click here to see Michael Green’s full testimony on Flint at the Congressional briefing on February 25, 2016.

Dr. DrMonaMona Hanna-Attisha is the Director of the Pediatric Residency Program at the Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Michigan. She is also an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Human Development at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Her research Mona-Hanna-Attisha-Flint-Water-Crisis-Feb2016 definitively demonstrated that increases in high blood lead levels in children in Flint were correlated with the 2014 change in the town’s drinking water supply. She is now leading Flint’s Pediatric Public Health Initiative to provide urgently needed wraparound services to the children of the community. You can see her presentation on the Background and Next Steps for Flint, and go to FlintKids.org to learn how you can help.


DrBullardDr. Robert Bullard is the Dean of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas. He is the author of seventeen books that address sustainable development, environmental racism, urban land use, industrial facility siting, community reinvestment, housing, transportation, climate justice, emergency response, smart growth, and regional equity. In 2008, Newsweek named him one of the 13  Environmental Leaders of the Century, and in 2013 he became the first African American to win the Sierra Club’s John Muir Award.


Music in this episode includes Steve Wonder, Living for the City; 2 Black 2 Strong MMG with Chuck D, Burn Baby Burn; and Rage Against the Machine, Take the Power Back.