Local Family Shares Their Positive Experience with Get The Lead Out Program

Javonte Tubbs, a lifelong Grand Rapidian, recently had repairs on his home completed by the Get the Lead Out program to get rid of lead hazards, and he would recommend to anyone considering it. 


Just the Standard: The Lead Expectation

Lead poisoning in children is an unfortunate and pervasive standard across the United States. Affected children can be found easily within any major city, any state, any region. 3,810 neighborhood areas have recorded childhood lead poisoning rates at least double those found across Flint, Michigan, including our own in Grand Rapids.


Lead Hazards are Here: What Are You Prepared to Do?

The responsibility of dealing with lead is a tricky, complex problem without a single answer. But, WZZM’s continued coverage this week is a reminder of the simple truth: the kids in the community are still being hurt, and it isn’t their fault.  

So, what can you do about it?

 

 


Tabitha Talks: Lead Education Day

 

 

 


Who is Accountable for Lead Poisoning?

Lead paint was used in homes before it was banned in 1978. A large percentage of homes built in Grand Rapids before that time have exisitng lead paint. The original owners or builders are likely long since gone, and the paint companies no longer make lead paint.

So, who is ultimately responsible for fixing lead?

 


Sign Up Here for Lansing Lead Education Day

Sign up here to join us for a free bus trip to Lansing! We will be meeting  directly with Michigan state legislators to learn and to share concerns about childhood lead poisoning. 

Free breakfast and lunch is included. Questions? Contact Talor Musil at 616-241-3300


Lead Poisoning: It's in Your Head

As part of participating with National Public Health Week, the task is to connect to specific themes about public health; today’s is mental and behavioral health. And, the connection isn’t as distant as it may seem. Saturnism is in the past in name only – lead continues to influence the mental health and development of children and adults.

Modern childhood lead poisoning doesn’t produce tortured genius, but instead potential lifelong challenges with mental health. Lead poisoning affects every physiological system in the body, and the brain and nervous system are not immune.


Lifting Parent Voices, The COFI Way

Every second Monday of the month at 5pm, the conference room at the Healthy Homes Coalition fills up with parents. They file in, greet each other warmly and find their usual seats.

Over a quick dinner, weekly stories are swapped and pictures are shared as parents catch up. Parents for Healthy Homes meetings are part support group, part advocacy work, part leadership training class, and all parent connection.

The leadership training component is a result of our relationship with Community Organizing and Family Issues (COFI), a nonprofit organization based out of Chicago which connects parents to one another, helping turn their voices in actionable change.  COFI was created in 1995, with former community organizer Barack Obama as a founding member.

 


Why Parent Voices Matter More

Two stories featuring parents who are fighting to end childhood lead poisoned were told in local news this past week.

These two stories represent the voices of parents whose children are directly affected by the threat of lead poisoning in the community. They are just two of thousands more in the city.


Asthma: The Overlooked Housing Hazard

While efforts to fix lead paint hazards in Grand Rapids are currently in process and in the news, it’s important to remember that asthma is another major health concern for children in the city.

(Photo Credit: PracticalCures.com)


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