Each year, the National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW) outreach campaign is aimed at awareness, action, and prevention. We bring together individuals, diverse organizations, industry, and state, tribal, and local governments nationwide. NLPPW is held this year from October 25-31, 2020. NLPPW highlights the many ways parents can reduce children’s exposure to lead in their environment and prevent its serious health effects. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and our partners work to heighten awareness of lead poisoning, provide resources, and encourage preventive actions during NLPPW and beyond.
The aim of this presentation is to discuss how every professional involved in lead prevention and remediation plays a crucial role in improving the health outcomes of families at risk. Even at low levels, lead can cause irreversible adverse health effects in children, especially among those younger than 6 year of age. Lead intoxication in children is completely preventable and yet each year thousands of young children in the United States are exposed to this toxicant in the places where they grow, learn and play. We are living trying times in which children are at higher risk for multiple potentially adverse environmental exposures including those related to extreme weather events, air pollutants and emerging infectious diseases. These threats call for effective and consistent efforts with a holistic approach to better protect our children. Lead poisoning prevention requires the collaborative effort of federal, state and local public health agencies, lead abatement inspectors and risk assessment contractors, children’s primary physicians, nurses, other healthcare specialists and therapists, health educators, social workers, and the daycare or school systems cognizant of the social determinants of health. Martha Rivera: “Keys for Lead Poisoning Prevention During the COVID -19 Pandemic”. She will discuss the risks faced by families, especially children, of being exposed to lead during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Due to COVID-19, we are all spending much more time at home. Moreover, this has increased the number of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) projects such as repairs, renovations, and/or painting which rises potential exposure to lead hazards. This webinar will provide you the tools to learn about lead poisoning at home and how to prevent it.
Presenters: Our first presenter is Gredia Huerta-Montanez, MD, FAAP, Vice President, Puerto Rico Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP); Consultant and environmental champion, EPA Region 2, Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU). She is followed by Martha Rivera Rosa, MEH, TSCA Lead Inspector, Caribbean Environmental Protection Agency, Region 2, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.
Target Audiences: OLHCHH grantees; HUD and OLHCHH field staff; Community-Based Organizations, health care providers, and Healthy Homes educators.
Webinar ID 326-183-067