Testing Water in Childcare Facilities: National Report Finds Need to Standardize

Flint brought national attention back to lead in water in homes and schools, but a critical gap isn't being addressed: childcare facilites. 4 million children in the United States under 5 spend most of their days in commercial or residential based childcare facilities. Kids under 5 are the most vulnerable population to lead exposure. They are the ones who absorb lead the easiest, and who lead harms the most. 


Don't Be Too Cool For School

Guest Blogger Megan Kretz of the Kent Country Department of Public Works shares her tips for keeping kids safe this summer.


Direct Services Program Manager Jenn Spiller Accepts Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Fellowship

Jenn has accomplished many exciting things since starting with Healthy Homes in 2011, but she’s outdone herself this time. This spring, she’s been accepted as a fellow at the prestigious Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, pursuing a Masters in Public Health, focusing on environmental challenges.


Thank You, Steelcase Foundation, for Lifting Parent Voices

We are fortunate to receive support from donors like the Steelcase Foundation. Last year, Healthy Homes was awarded a two-year grant to complete a project centered around lifting community voices.

Because of the Steelcase’s generosity, parents in the community have been able to make major strides in having their voices heard, and having a seat at the table.


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


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