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.


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.


Vapor Intrusion. Is Your Family At Risk?

When discussing the environmental dangers that could affect a family within the home setting many images come to mind. However, few are aware of one particular danger that is becoming more and more prevalent within our Michigan communities, vapor intrusion. Possible health problems that can be caused by vapor intrusion include negative impacts on cognitive and motor functions, several types of cancer, liver damage, kidney damage, and effects on the immune system.


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