Dr. Jennifer Toller Erausquin

Public Health Education
School of Health and Human Sciences
Associate Professor, 2020

What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City
by Mona Hanna-Attisha

I was introduced to this book in 2018 by a colleague, Dr. Carrie Rosario. This book about the Flint, Michigan water crisis is written from the perspective of a pediatrician involved in uncovering and compiling evidence for lead poisoning of Flint residents. She worked with physicians, environmental and water quality experts, epidemiologists, government officials, advocates, parents, and other community members to increase public awareness of the issue and advocate for change. The events recounted so captivatingly in this book are an inspiration for the field of public health — a model for how our work can have direct, meaningful impact in the communities we work with and for. Racial and socioeconomic inequity are centered in the Flint water crisis and this telling of it, begging important questions about the social determinants of health in current times, and the many ways community members can come together to enact policy and structural change.

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