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Cleveland and the Poison that Won't Go Away

Cheryl Cheatham  /  Friday, January 25, 2019  /  Categories: Just in Case  /  Rate this article:
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Plain Dealer reporters Rachel Dissell and Brie Zeltner, authors of "Still Wrestling with Lead Poisoning..." report, "A 2017 of Cleveland children under 6 found that among those screened, about 13% had lead in their blood at or above the level at which public health officials recommend action. That's about 4 times the national average."

What are the next steps?  The anticipated approach will be to enlarge the numbers of community stake holders.  Dissell and Zeltner write that a large coalition of organizations including Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation, Environmental Health Watch, the George Gund Foundation, the Cleveland Foundation, United Way of Greater Cleveland, the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Enterprise Community Partners, Third Federal Foundation and Saint Luke's Foundation have committed to lead an effort to increase screening efforts.  Another coalition of community groups called CLASH -- Cleveland Lead Advocates for Safe Housing plans to propose a ballot initiative that would stipulate lead safe protections for tenants.

For more information about residential lead poisoning in Cleveland, The Ben C. Green Law Library at Case Western Reserve University has created a Research Guide entitled,  "Lead @ Home." This research guide supplements the work the Case Western Reserve University Law School, Kramer Law Clinic has done on the subject of Residential Lead Poisoning in Cleveland, Ohio.  Exposure to even small amounts of lead in childhood can result in significant physical and emotional consequences that last a lifetime.  Federal, state and local government leadership and involvement, as well as crucial media exposure, are essential for disseminating life saving information to the public.

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