About Dr. Mona Hanna

Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP

Dr. Mona Hanna is the Associate Dean for Public Health and C. S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. She is the founding director of the Pediatric Public Health Initiative, an innovative partnership of MSU and Hurley Children’s Hospital in Flint, Michigan.   

A pediatrician, scientist, activist, and author, Dr. Hanna was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and recognized as one of USA Today’s Women of the Century for her role in uncovering the Flint water crisis and leading recovery efforts. She is reimaging how society can come together to eliminate infant poverty with a first-in-the-nation program, Rx Kids

She has testified multiple times before the United States Congress, lectures at dozens of colleges and universities, and frequently contributes to national media outlets championing the cause of children in Flint and beyond. Dr. Hanna is the author of the widely acclaimed and New York Times 100 most notable book, What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City. 

With concentrations in environmental health and health policy, Dr. Hanna received her bachelor’s degree and Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan. She completed her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and her residency and chief residency at Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit.


Amid politics, pediatrician Dr. Mona Hanna stands out as a trusted advocate in the Flint water crisis

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