Community Outreach

March 28, 2007

The Lead Safe Living: Childhood Lead Conference

Despite years of research, improved understanding and environmental control efforts, lead poisoning remains an important regional health problem for individuals and society. Over 20% of all children in Cleveland have elevated blood lead levels with some neighborhoods higher than 40%. While acute lead intoxication can result in coma and death, chronic lead exposure is associated with impaired neurobehavioral development and chronic renal disease. In addition to the tragic individual consequences of chronic lead toxicity, the associated public health and economic issues are enormous with critical consequences for educational, behavioral and mental health programs in school age children and important implications for workforce development and provisions for patients with chronic disabilities. CWRU-CSHS, City of Cleveland, and County of Cuyahoga have established a partnership to develop a concerted community wide plan to greatly reduce lead poisoning in our community 2010.

Contact:
Nathan A. Berger MD, Director, Center for Science, Health & Society
Professor of Experimental Medicine
Case School of Medicine
Phone: 216.368.4084

Posted by: Debra Crawford March 28, 2007 01:40 PM
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