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October 28, 2010
(Baltimore, MD, October 28, 2010)—About a decade ago, national leaders and federal agencies set out a goal of eliminating childhood lead poisoning as a major public health hazard by 2010. This Year's National Lead Poisoning Prevention Awareness Week reminds us that while we have made enormous progress toward this goal - the job is far from done. So, together, we must redouble our efforts to deliver on the promise we have made to America's children.
We cannot simply be satisfied with progress to date. Civic and community leaders need to press for continued action to rid our housing stock of the tragic and costly effects of lead hazards by:
Clearly, much work lies ahead to assure we sustain efforts to end lead poisoning and grow the movement toward Green and Healthy Homes. But the payoff for future generations compels us to stay focused and finish the job.
Take the time this week to talk to an elected official, a Civic Leader, a local Foundation or even your neighbor about the need to enhance the national support for lead poisoning prevention. Make sure your local health and housing agencies have a well articulated and aggressive plan for eradicating lead in your community. Here are some things they may find interesting:
Yet, it’s entirely preventable.
Take action today.
Also, we want to take a moment to thank the many people that have dedicated their lives to this effort - case managers, housing inspectors, remediation contractors, public health nurses, elected officials, Foundation leaders and community advocates.
Together we will end lead poisoning and create Green and Healthy Homes.
To support efforts by the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning go http://www.leadsafe.org/content/get_involved/.
Ruth Ann Norton, Executive Director
The Coalition (www.leadsafe.org) is a private, non-profit organization that creates, implements, and promotes programs and policies to eradicate childhood lead poisoning and further healthy homes.