In order to protect the health and safety of participants, this year’s Justice Forum will be presented online. 

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Stay tuned for more information about our ticketed in-person outdoor reception from 5:30-7 pm, followed by a watch party.
We will follow all COVID-19 safety protocols.

Please join us for the 11th Annual Justice Forum featuring

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

Pediatrician  •  Scientist • Activist
and Author of  What the Eyes Don’t See, an official selection of the New York Times Book Review for ‘100 Notable Books of 2018’

Thursday, October 7, 2021

5:30pm In-Person Pre-Event Outdoor Reception
and Forum Watch Party
Details coming soon

7:00pm Online Forum
Free and open to the public.
In order to protect the health and safety of participants and attendees,
this year’s Justice Forum will be presented online.

 Watch an introduction of Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha: Uncovering the Flint Water Crisis

Listen to an interview: Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha Says Lessons Learned in Flint Can Help
In Fight Against COVID-19

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Learn more or contact Ally Wilson at [email protected] or 828-210-3444.


About the Speaker

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha MD, MPH, FAAP is the advocate who exposed the dangerous levels of lead in Flint, Michigan’s drinking water after testing blood lead levels in its children. Dr. Hanna-Attisha announced her research findings to the national press and is recognized globally as a health and social justice advocate.

A pediatrician, scientist, activist and author, Dr. Hanna-Attisha 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, and most recently, received the 2020 Fries Prize for Improving Health. She has testified three times before the United States Congress and was awarded the Freedom of Expression Courage Award by PEN America.

She is founder and director of the Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, an innovative and model public health program in Flint, Michigan. She is the author of the widely acclaimed and bestselling book What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City, a powerful first-hand account of the Flint water crisis, the signature environmental disaster of our time, and a riveting narrative of personal advocacy.

With concentrations in environmental health and health policy, Dr. Hanna-Attisha 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 at Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit, where she was chief resident. She is currently a Charles Stewart Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health and an associate professor of pediatrics and human development at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. A COVID-19 survivor, Mona says that good governance, faith in science, prevention, and understanding disparities are all important lessons learned from the Flint water crisis and are applicable to the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on this Speaker, please visit


About the Justice Forum

Join us for our 11th Annual Justice Forum, presented virtually due to the anticipated attendance in order to protect the health and safety of speakers and participants. Pisgah Legal hosts the Justice Forum each year to call for justice and to generate honest conversation about pressing local and national issues.

This year’s Forum focuses on the intersection of health and justice especially in addressing social determinants of health, or conditions in the places where people live, learn, work, and play that affect a wide range of health risks and outcomes.  Pisgah Legal’s poverty law experts provide legal services to address socio-economic issues that impact health such as homelessness prevention, adherence to safe and healthy housing codes, domestic violence protections, and access to healthcare and basic needs.

Because no matter who we are or where we come from, we’re all entitled to the basic human rights of clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, and healthy land to call home. – Martin Luther King III

Read more on how Pisgah Legal addresses  social determinants of health and improves health outcomes for our WNC community.

Read this recent news story in the Citizen-Times: Study: Black, Low-Income Asheville Areas More At Risk for Poor Environmental Conditions

To be added to our e-newsletter for updates or for more information about the event, contact Michelle Spiegel at Pisgah Legal Services: 828-210-3773.

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