Person of the Week: Dr. Mona inducted into Michigan Women's Hall of Fame

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LANSING (WJRT) (10/26/2018) - Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha was instrumental in uncovering Flint's Water Emergency and sounding the alarm about Flint children being exposed to high levels of lead.

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

This month, she became a part of Michigan history, as she joined more than 300 other Michigan women inducted into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame.

Hanna-Attisha is the chief of pediatrics at Hurley Children's Hospital. She was one of the first to recognize an alarming rise in lead levels among Flint children raise attention to the water crisis.

Her discovery came more than two years ago during the height of the water crisis.

"From the moment that we realized this population-wide exposure, this population-wide trauma that was so much more than lead this crisis was a betrayal of trust and so many other issues -- from that very moment my career shifted to what do we do next? How do we flip the story, especially for our children," Hanna-Attisha said.

Although it was a watershed moment, she was determined to not let the water crisis define the children of the community.

"So that is how I have been spending the last few years, investing in our children, promoting their development, using everything that science tells us will make sure that our children turn out better than OK," Hanna-Attisha said.

Her contribution to the well-being of Flint's children attracted attention of Michigan Women Forward

"Dr. Mona Hanna Attisha is an astounding woman and the primary example of why we have the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame," said Dr. Caitlyn Perry Dial, executive director of Herstory. "Because we want to honor the women right here in Michigan who are not afraid to use their voices and to speak up for those who may not have voices."

Hanna-Attisha hopes her story inspires others to speak up when they confront wrongdoing.

"These accolades are incredible and they are awkward and amazing," she said. "But if I, like I said in the video, if I can inspire one girl to use her power to make the world a better place, then it is absolutely worth it."

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