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Lead Poisoning

In April 2000, in Philadelphia, a Community Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Project consisting of a consortium of 44 different groups of children’s citizens groups, business and industry (several hardware stores and paint stores participated), housing, health, and other governmental organizations worked together to provide appropriate health education material, free blood lead testing in clinics and other locations, campaigns in schools, and advertisement through the local media. The program also consisted of arranging inspections, risk assessment, and lead-hazard abatement of privately owned housing for children under 6 years old who had been identified as lead poisoned or at risk for lead poisoning. At least 2175 people in Philadelphia were served by the program.

By October 2000, the District of Columbia Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning working in high risk areas of childhood lead poisoning established a day care education pilot program and a health educator’s program, and provided education materials to area schools and housing organizations.

Also, by October 2000, the Pittsburgh Lead-Safe Coalition, a group of 50 organizations dedicated to preventing lead poisoning, mailed the new Pittsburgh Childhood Lead Screening Guidelines to over 2000 physicians. In 1999, the group taught 300 people how to prevent lead poisoning.

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