Health Equity Zones

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April 1, 2019

Please see below for several time-sensitive opportunities that may be of interest to Health Equity Zone Collaboratives.

Upcoming Events

Reading Across Rhode Island Author Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha to Speak in Providence

Join the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) on April 11, 2019 for a special author event featuring Dr. Mona Hanna Attisha, doctor, scientist, and author of What The Eyes Don’t See – a first-hand account of the Flint water crisis. Reading Across Rhode Island, Rhode Island’s One Book, One State community reading program, is encouraging everyone to read and discuss this book during 2019.

Space is limited; please register if you plan to attend. Walk-ins will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

WHAT: Author event with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

WHEN: Thursday, April 11, 2019

  • 9:30 to 10 a.m. – Registration
  • 10 a.m. – Welcoming Remarks, Talk, and Discussion
  • 11:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Book signing

WHERE: Providence Marriott, 1 Orms Street, Providence

Purchase a copy of What the Eyes Don’t See at this event, or preorder a copy in advance and pick it up when you arrive.

About What the Eyes Don’t See
A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK • The dramatic story of the Flint water crisis, by a relentless physician who stood up to power.

“Stirring . . . [a] blueprint for all those who believe . . . that ‘the world . . . should be full of people raising their voices.’”—The New York Times

“Revealing, with the gripping intrigue of a Grisham thriller.” —O: The Oprah Magazine

Here is the inspiring story of how Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, alongside a team of researchers, parents, friends, and community leaders, discovered that the children of Flint, Michigan, were being exposed to lead in their tap water—and then battled her own government and a brutal backlash to expose that truth to the world. Paced like a scientific thriller, What the Eyes Don’t See reveals how misguided austerity policies, broken democracy, and callous bureaucratic indifference placed an entire city at risk. And at the center of the story is Dr. Mona herself—an immigrant, doctor, scientist, and mother whose family’s activist roots inspired her pursuit of justice.

What the Eyes Don’t See is a riveting account of a shameful disaster that became a tale of hope, the story of a city on the ropes that came together to fight for justice, self-determination, and the right to build a better world for their—and all of our—children.

This event is supported by the RIDOH Academic Center, Health Equity Institute, and Social Justice Roundtable with funding from the Kresge Foundation Emerging Leaders in Public Health (ELPH) initiative.

We want to hear from you!

Let's work together to raise awareness of the exciting work happening across Rhode Island's Health Equity Zones. Reach out to RIDOH's HEZ Communications Lead to share:
  • News and upcoming events related to your Health Equity Zone.
  • Feedback on how we can strengthen our communications.
  • Plans for developing communications materials or holding public events.
Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH), 3 Capitol Hill, Providence, RI 02908
Health Information Line: 401-222-5960 / RI Relay 711

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