Thursday, October 4, 2018

Program: 2:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Reception: 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Capitol Visitor Center : SVC 212-10
Washington, D.C.


When it comes to the federal budget, how are kids faring? Join us at our annual Children’s Budget Summit to find out!

First Focus is proud to announce the release of Children’s Budget 2018, which captures and analyzes historical funding data and spending trends across a wide range of policy areas including child welfare, early childhood, education, health, housing, income support, nutrition, safety and training tracking federal investments in nearly 200 different programs.

Join us in a special event and reception to delve into the details with remarks from Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and a keynote address from Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, author of What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City and director of the Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health initiative, and a panel of experts in child policy as we discuss this year’s findings and the need for Congress to support a comprehensive approach to prioritizing children in federal budget decisions

A reception with an open bar and heavy appetizers will immediately follow the Summit until 6:30 pm.

Remarks from Senator Stabenow

  • Honorable Debbie Stabenow, Senator from Michigan

Introduction: How the Federal Budget Shortchanges Children

  • Bruce Lesley, president, First Focus

Featured Panelists on Early Child Care, Education Financing, and the Opioid Crisis’ Impact on Children

  • Lynn Karoly, PhD, senior economist at the RAND Corporation and professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, presenting on The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine February 2018 Consensus Study Report, “Transforming the Financing of Early Care and Education” and the need for making the provision of high quality early care and education more affordable for families
  • Natasha Slesnick, PhD, professor of Human Development and Family Science in the Department of Human Sciences at The Ohio State University and Associate Dean for Research and Administration in the College of Education and Human Ecology, presenting on the impacts of the opioid crisis on children and her research on intervention development and evaluation with substance using homeless youth and substance using mothers and their children
  • Rev. Fr. Douglas A. G. Greenawaypresident and CEO of The National WIC Association, is responsible for directing the Association as well as representing the WIC community’s interests to the White House, Congress, the US Department of Agriculture, and other federal agencies and departments. He has served as President and CEO of NWA since 1990


  • Michelle Dallafior, senior vice president for budget and tax, First Focus

Keynote Speaker – Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH

Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, is associate professor of pediatrics at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and director of the pediatric residency program at Hurley Children’s Hospital in Flint, Michigan. Dr. Hanna-Attisha received her bachelor’s and Master of Public Health degrees from the University of Michigan and her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. She completed her residency at Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit, where she was chief resident.

In 2015, Dr. Hanna-Attisha was heralded internationally for her study that exposed elevated lead blood levels in Flint children. Today, Dr. Hanna-Attisha directs the Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, an innovative and model public health program to research, monitor and mitigate the impact of the Flint Water Crisis and help all Flint children grow up healthy and strong.

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is the author of What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City, a powerful first-hand account of the Flint water crisis, the signature environmental disaster of our time, and a riveting narrative of personal advocacy. A medical and scientific thriller, the book grapples with our country’s history of environmental injustice while telling the inspiring personal story of Dr. Mona—an immigrant, a doctor, and a scientist—whose family roots in social justice activism helped her turn the Flint crisis around.