For Immediate Release

Contact: Andrea E. Garcia, Touro University California
Associate Vice President, University Advancement

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TUC’s Environmental Justice and Public Health Lecture Series: Water Justice for All


(Vallejo, CA – August 26., 2019) – On Monday, September 9, Touro University California (TUC) will host the second lecture in its free, fifth Annual Social Justice in Public Health Lecture Series. This year’s focus is on environmental justice and public health examining the ongoing impact of environmental risks on our health.

In the second of this six-lecture series, we will hear from pediatrician, professor and public health advocate, Dr. Mona Hann-Attisha, who was named one of Time Magazine’s Most Influential People in 2016 for her research that first exposed the Flint water crisis as well as Phoebe Seaton, the Co-Founder, Co-Director and Legal Director of the Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability who has advocated for safe drinking water on behalf of California residents across the state. They will discuss the importance of water rights and justice for all communities.


  • Dr.Mona Hanna-Attisha, MPH,MD, Founder and Director of the Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative and author of one of the New York Time’s most notable books of 2018, What the Eyes Don’t See
  • Phoebe Seaton, JD, Co-Founder, Co-Director and Legal Director of the Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability 
  • Audience: TUC faculty, staff, students and interested community members


WHERE: Lander Hall, Touro University Campus, Lander Hall Room A-164, 105 Owen Drive, Vallejo, CA 94592

WHEN: Monday, September 9, 2019, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. If you cannot make this lecture, below is a list of the remaining lectures and their titles/speakers. We encourage you to attend any and all that interest you.

  • 9/23: Climate Change: Impacts on Native Health
  • 10/7: Climate Justice & Resilience
  • 10/28: Environmental Justice Struggles from the Frontlines
  • 11/11: Community Action for the Environment: Equity and Economy


REGISTRATION: Lectures are free and open to the public but advance registration is required. To register please visit:  

AVAILABLE INTERVIEWS/VISUALS FOR MEDIA: Interviews and photos with Ms. Seaton, an expert in environmental justice and public health issues stemming from water quality issues, as well as faculty, medical/public health professionals and community members in attendance.

WHY: Our attention to environmental health issues is often the result of emergencies: Zika virus outbreaks; Flint, Michigan’s water crisis; Hurricane Katrina. TUC’s School of Public Health is hosting a series of six lectures by nationally recognized leaders in the field to expand our awareness of the ongoing impact of environmental risks on our health through a lens focused on social justice – particularly the disproportionate risks borne by low-income communities and communities of color.

SPEAKER BIOS: Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, MPH, MD is a pediatrician, Michigan State University professor and public health advocate whose research exposed the Flint water crisis in 2016 revealing that children’s blood lead levels doubled after the water was switched from the Detroit River to the Flint River as a result of bureaucratic austerity measures. She is the author of What the Eyes Don’t See, her first-person account of the crisis, which The New York Times named one of the 100 most notable books of the year. Dr. Hanna-Attisha’s findings were later published in the American Journal of Public Health and confirmed in a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in July 2016. She has testified twice before Congress and penned a New York Times op-ed advocating for federal assistance for Flint children that eventually led in part to the allocation of $100 million federal dollars and $250 million state dollars. For her role in exposing the crisis and her public health advocacy, Dr. Hanna-Attisha was named one of Time Magazine’s Most Influential People in 2016 and was profiled on ABC’s 2016 end-of-year TV special “Game Changers with Robin Roberts.”

Phoebe Seaton, a native Californian, is the Co-Founder, Co-Director and the Legal Director of the Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability where she leads the organization’s state-level policy work including advocating on behalf of California residents across the state living with unsafe drinking water. Ms. Seaton completed her JD at the University of California Los Angeles and joined California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. following law school. While there she worked out of the organization’s Delano office prior to launching the Community Equity Initiative, a program designed to address critical infrastructure and service deficits in low income, unincorporated communities in California. She has also spent time in Guatemala, working to address human rights violations.

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