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protecting South Jersey families from the dangers of lead poisoning. Southern Regional Lead Poisoning Coalition. Funded by: NJ Department of Health and Senior Services/Division of Family Health Lead agency: Southern NJ Perinatal Cooperative. The Coalition’s Charge.

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Southern regional lead poisoning coalition

protecting South Jersey families from the dangers of lead poisoning

Southern RegionalLead Poisoning Coalition

Funded by:NJ Department of Health and Senior Services/Division of Family Health

Lead agency:Southern NJ Perinatal Cooperative


The coalition s charge

The Coalition’s Charge

Established in January 2003 to help local communities create and sustain local capacity to address and eliminate lead poisoning through culturally sensitive outreach and education.


The coalition s goal

The Coalition’s Goal

Eliminate childhood lead poisoning by 2010

(Healthy NJ 2010)


Health risk for children

Health Risk for Children

Evensmallamounts of lead can lead to permanentdamage to the brain and nervous system

In high exposures, lead can cause seizures, coma and even death.


What is lead

What is Lead?

  • A highly toxic, heavy metal element

  • No living thing needs it

  • Found in many environments and products

  • Poses significant health and social risks


Lead damage lasts lifetime

Lead Damage Lasts Lifetime

  • Behavioral and emotional problems

    • Hyperactivity, ADD, poor attention span

    • Discipline problems, school absenteeism, delinquency

    • Anger, aggression, depression

  • Brain Damage

    • Lower IQ, lower reading, vocabulary, and math scores

    • Speech and language difficulties


Lead damage lasts lifetime1

Lead Damage Lasts Lifetime

  • Delayed or slowed development

    • Decreased muscle and bone growth

    • Clumsiness / slow reflexes

  • Health Issues

    • Anemia, kidney damage, joint pains


Lead effects in pregnancy

Lead Effects in Pregnancy

  • Lead crosses the placenta

  • Lead stored in bones may be released into blood (and carried through blood to fetus)

  • Prematurity

  • Low Birth Weight

  • Miscarriage or Stillbirth


Southern regional lead poisoning coalition

Lead poisoned children are 6 times more likely to have learning disabilities

Jessica Wolpaw Reyes (2007) “Environmental Policy as Social Policy? The Impact of Childhood Lead Exposure on Crime,” The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy: Vol. 7: Iss. 1 (Contributions), Article 51.


Southern regional lead poisoning coalition

Lead poisoned children are 7 times more likely to drop out of high school


Southern regional lead poisoning coalition

Lead poisoned children are robbed of nearly $200,000 in lifetime earnings because of lost IQ


When lead poisoned children suffer we all suffer

When lead poisoned children suffer WE ALL SUFFER


Social impact of lead poisoning

Social Impact of Lead Poisoning

  • Higher taxes

  • Cost of special education

  • Higher medical insurance

  • Welfare / social service program costs

  • Criminal justice system

  • Quality of life for society


Lead paint dust greatest risk

Lead-Paint Dust: Greatest Risk

  • Lead paint dust is most common source of lead poisoning in children

  • Lead paint not banned in US until 1978.

  • Dust is produced as paint deteriorates or is damaged (renovation).

  • Lead paint dust is invisible


How lead gets into children

How Lead Gets Into Children

  • Ingestion

    • Hand to mouth activity

    • Paint dust, paint chips, contaminated soil, drinking water, food

  • Breathing

    • Renovations

    • Children may inhale fumes if paint is heated

  • During pregnancy


Symptoms of lead poisoning

Symptoms of Lead Poisoning

  • Symptoms are rare and common to other childhood ailments:

    • Stomach aches or cramps

    • Headaches

    • Joint and muscle pain

    • Fatigue

    • Sleep disorders

  • Most lead-poisoned kids show NO symptoms until the damage is already done


Screening testing crucial

Screening / Testing Crucial

  • Screening is only way to determine if child has been lead poisoned

    • All parents should know child’s Blood Lead Level (BLL)

    • Testing required at 1 and 2 years. Recommended whenever risk exposure occurs.

  • Testing residences for lead paint dust is important preventive measure to identify risk level and protect children

    • NJ provides free lead dust testing kits


Magnitude of the problem

Magnitude of the Problem

  • Lead based paint not banned until 1978.

  • There are nearly 1 million housing units in New Jersey built before 1950 – representing 30% of NJ’s housing stock.

  • EACH county in New Jersey has more than 9,000 housing units built before 1950.

  • Screening rates to identify children at risk average below 30%.


Southern regional lead poisoning coalition

Screening RateNEW JERSEY

Total # Children 222,837

41.6%

44%

46%

2004

2005

2006


Southern regional lead poisoning coalition

Screening RateSOUTH JERSEY


Screening rate cumberland county cities

Screening Rate CUMBERLAND COUNTY CITIES


Southern regional lead poisoning coalition

Elevated BLL +10SOUTH JERSEY


Southern regional lead poisoning coalition

Elevated BLL +10CUMBERLAND COUNTY CITIES


Number children unscreened cumberland county cities

Number Children UnscreenedCUMBERLAND COUNTY CITIES


Community solution for a community problem

Community Solution for a Community Problem


Success requires everyone

Success Requires Everyone

  • Parents

  • Housing Industry

    • Real Estate

    • Builders/Contractors

    • Landlords /Tenants / Property Owners

  • Government

    • Public Health

    • Educational System

    • Judicial System


Coalition priorities

Coalition Priorities

  • Primary Prevention

    • Increase the number of housing units that are lead-free or lead-safe;

    • Decrease children’s exposures and access to non-paint lead sources;

    • Increase adoption of individual and family lead poisoning prevention behaviors

  • Secondary Prevention

    • Increase the percentage of 2 year old children in NJ that have had at least 1 blood-lead level (BLL) test


Coalition governance

Coalition Governance

  • Full Coalition

    • Meets 3 times year

  • Coalition divided into 3 cluster groups:

    • Atlantic and Cape May counties

    • Gloucester, Cumberland and Salem counties

    • Camden and Burlington counties

  • Each cluster group to meet 3 times

  • Organizational Support from SNJPC


Call to action

Call to Action

  • Commit to the Coalition

  • Recruit other members

  • Educate your community and neighbors

  • Spread the 3 point message

    • Test your home

    • Test your child

    • Use safe cleaning/renovation practices


Southern regional lead poisoning coalition

The path is clear.

TOGETHER, we can protect our children’s future


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