Flint pediatrician to address MSU grads May 6

Kim Kozlowski
The Detroit News

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha — among the handful of people regarded as a hero in the Flint water crisis — will speak at Michigan State University’s undergraduate commencement on May 6.

Hanna-Attisha, an assistant professor of pediatrics at MSU and director of pediatric residency at Hurley Children’s Hospital, conducted an analysis of state data in September that showed elevated levels of lead in the blood of Flint children. Her work helped change a message that government officials delivered for months, that nothing was wrong with the water even though it was discolored and many people were experiencing changes in their skin, their children’s development and more.

Since then, Flint’s source of water has been changed, children have been tested for lead poisoning, bottled water has been shipped in and many government officials are explaining to the public and congressional leaders how the crisis lingered on so long before anything was done.

“MSU’s roots in Flint run deep, so there’s no one more appropriate than Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha — whose heroism has inspired the nation — to congratulate our graduates,” MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon said.

MSU will also present Hanna-Attisha with an honorary doctorate.

The May 6 commencement will be held at 1 p.m. at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center, 534 Birch Road. It will be open to the public.