One Book, One Community


Shared Experiences Draw People Together.
Share a Book.
Share an Experience.

Shared experiences draw people together. That is why we are continuing the One Book, One Community (OBOC) program for its 11th year. Everyone in the school is invited to join together in reading and discussing a shared book.

Our book selection for 2019-20 is What the Eyes Don't See by Mona Hanna-Attisha.  

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Here is the inspiring story of how 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 Hanna-Attisha herself—an immigrant, doctor, scientist, and mother whose family’s activist roots inspired her pursuit of justice. 

(Excerpted and condensed from  Amazon.com)

Maximize Selecting This Year's Book: From the Associate Dean for Education

What Should We Read Next?

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Have ideas for next year? 
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Questions?

With questions about OBOC, or to suggest an event, contact Kimmy Rehak, educational programs specialist.

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In The News

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Mona says there’s a good reason Flint is still on filtered and bottled water (audio) 

Mona says there’s a good reason Flint is still on filtered and bottled water (audio)

WKAR - “It's because our pipes are being replaced and we are almost done with that. But by the end of 2019 all of the lead pipes in Flint will have been replaced, which is pretty incredible. We'll only be the third city in the country that has replaced their lead pipes. Lansing, Michigan is one of ... (09/16/2019)
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OBOC author: I helped expose the lead crisis in Flint. Here's what other cities should do. 

OBOC author: I helped expose the lead crisis in Flint. Here's what other cities should do.

THE NEW YORK TIMES - Mona Hanna-Attisha, author of What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City, explains how persistence, activism, teamwork, and science prevailed when the powers-that-be tried to silence her research when she found lead in the blood of Flin... (08/28/2019)
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Water Safety and Lead Regulation: Physicians' Community Health Responsibilities  

Water Safety and Lead Regulation: Physicians' Community Health Responsibilities

AMA JOURNAL OF ETHICS - This article reviews the regulation of lead in drinking water, highlighting its epidemiological, engineering, and ethical aspects with a focus on the Flint water crisis. Discussing water quality policy and its implimentation with a focus on lead contamination of water, prima... (08/24/2019)
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The Flint Water Crisis and Beyond - resources from APHA 

The Flint Water Crisis and Beyond - resources from APHA

Recordings and slides from a three-part webinar series on lead and public health from the American Public Health Association. The drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan has raised public health concerns about lead exposure, the U.S. water supply infrastructure, and the autority to enforce safe an... (08/24/2019)
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Summer reads from The Nation's Health 

Summer reads from The Nation's Health

THE NATION'S HEALTH - With summer’s arrival, it’s time to find a quiet beach, a shady grove, a comfortable corner on an inviting porch and relax with a good book. But which one? That’s where we can help.  The Nation’s Health  editors have searched online and brick-and-mortar book sellers to come up... (08/19/2019)
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Summer Reading at Pitt Public Health 

Summer Reading at Pitt Public Health

We have a lot on our summer "To Be Read" pile, particularly titles we're considering for our next One Book, One Community program. Read about the program at publichealth.pitt.edu/oboc and check out Facebook and Instagram to let us know what you're reading and what you think would make a good OBOC s... (08/05/2019)
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Submit suggestions for this year's One Book, One Community program 

Submit suggestions for this year's One Book, One Community program

It's that time again. Submit your suggestions for next year's One Book, One Community title. We want to hear from you on this initiative that has encouraged interdisciplinary collaboration among faculty, staff, students, and friends through reading a shared book with a public health theme.  (08/05/2019)
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Housing remains a major social determinant of health 

Housing remains a major social determinant of health

While we are wrapping up our year with Matthew Desmond's Evicted as our One Book, One Community selection, housing remains a major social determinant of health. We don't stop studying, researching, or solving the problems highlighted by past programs. For the latest on housing, check out a recent e... (07/08/2019)