On Thursday, September 12th, TruePani hosted a screening of the film 'Nor Any Drop To Drink' with GEEARS and Voices for Georgia's Children at Landmark's Midtown Arts Cinema with a reception at Tapa Tapa.
The film details the events leading up to and during the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan and the subsequent implications for residents, including young children. The film was very well received by an engaged audience, with audible reactions heard throughout the screening. The reception served as an opportunity to discuss the film further and the issue of lead in drinking water in the Atlanta community and throughout the Southeast and nation.
In a panel preceding the film screening, the audience considered the impact of lead exposure in drinking water on maternal and child health, through questions including:
What are common misconceptions you see regarding lead exposure during childhood and some insights about preventing lead exposure that would be appropriate for parents and other caregivers?
How has the community responded to the crisis with respect to children?
The panelists were Dr. Cedric Taylor, Nathan Mutic, and Hansa Bhargava, MD. Shannon Evanchec, co-founder of TruePani, moderated the discussion.
Dr. Taylor is the director of Nor Any Drop to Drink and a professor of sociology at Central Michigan University. His research focuses on social inequality and racial disparities, often as they relate to birth outcomes.
Mr. Mutic is an Associate Director of Research Projects at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing where his primary role is to manage and advance the research portfolio of the dean which includes multiple awards funded by the CDC, NIH, and EPA.
Dr. Hansa Bhargava - a Senior Medical Director at WebMD and Medscape, a staff physician at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and Advisory Board Director at TruePani. Dr. Bhargava provides valuable expertise on the health impact of lead on children.