State of Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin
Childhood lead experts across the country panned a federal action plan to reduce childhood lead exposure that the Trump administration unveiled on Wednesday, criticizing the strategy’s shortcomings, including its failure to commit to the elimination of lead poisoning, update federal standards and regulations with concrete timelines, and specify funding sources to implement its goals.
Presence Health, working with community organizations, is completing a pilot program to address asthma triggers in patients’ own homes. Preliminary data suggests that the effort is resulting in better asthma control for patients.
SUBSTANDARD HOUSING conditions have been linked to higher rates of infectious disease, chronic illnesses and injuries, but millions of low-income Americans have little choice about where they live. Remedying housing deficiencies – such as water leaks, dirty carpets, pest infestations, lead residue, poor ventilation and broken staircases and windows – can significantly improve health, help people out of poverty and drive savings by reducing medical costs and stabilizing families, says Ruth Ann Norton, CEO and president of the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, a Baltimore-based nonprofit.
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Chanelle Mattocks remembers everything about that night in 2014, when lead poisoned her son. She was giving Alonzo, then 3, a bath in a tub that her landlord had just painted to pass a housing inspection. She turned to find a washcloth, and when she swiveled back, she found the boy with bits of peeling paint in his mouth. She tried get it out, but it was too late.