Michigan's woefully slow response to astronomical lead levels in Flint's drinking water "radicalized" local pediatrician Hanna-Attisha, she writes. The debt-ridden city switched its water supply to cut costs, and officials ignored the attendant lead disaster. So she conducted her own covert investigation, confirming Flint kids were "being poisoned." Physicians spoke out, but struggled to be heard.
Flint is still fighting for clean water years later. Public health interventions offer hope, but they "won’t save us without a functioning democracy. Being awake is not enough. We have to be loud," she writes.
The Quote: "To put it simply, health is justice, especially for the youngest among us."