Find It, Fix It, Fund It: A Lead Elimination Action Drive
In the wake of the Flint lead water crisis and increased national will to address the problem, NCHH and the National Safe and Healthy Housing Coalition have launched a bold new drive to eliminate lead poisoning. It’s simple yet comprehensive: Find lead hazards, eliminate them, and build the political will to create key public investments and policies to do so. NCHH and the National Safe and Healthy Housing Coalition are leading initiatives to eliminate lead paint hazards and dramatically increase lead poisoning surveillance and home-based follow-up services and will support allies and partners in eliminating lead hazards in water and other sources.
Join our webinar, Lead Poisoning Prevention Week: Making an Impact! on Friday, October 7, 2016, from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern. Register here.
- To join Find It, Fix It, Fund It: A Lead Elimination Action Drive or one of its workgroups.
- To add your organization’s logo to the drive. See who’s joined the drive so far.
- To add your name to the petition to Congress, the Administration, and federal agencies in support of the drive.
See the declaration supporting the Find It, Fix It, Fund It principles signed by over 300 attendees at the Lead and Healthy Housing Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on May 5, 2016.
We’d love your feedback. Email Julie Kruse to share your thoughts.
Find It, Fix It, Fund It Workgroups
There are three workgroups of the Find It, Fix It, Fund It action drive that are taking focused action towards specific goals. All have open membership. Click here to join a workgroup. You can also view a presentation on the structure of the action drive and the workgroups you can join.
Connecting Constituents with Policymakers Workgroup
Co-chaired by the Chris Corcoran (Connecticut Children’s Healthy Homes Program) and Dr. Brenda Reyes
The Connecting Constituents with Policymakers Workgroup strives to increase funding for HUD, CDC, and EPA lead poisoning prevention, lead hazard control, and healthy homes. They engage constituents to meet with their members of Congress.
The next Connecting Constituents with Policymakers Workgroup meeting will be held during the Lead and Healthy Housing National Mid-Year Conference in Philadelphia, PA, October 19, 2016, at 2:30 p.m. Eastern,both in person and via phone.
Co-chaired by Julie Kruse (NCHH) and Joanne Zurcher (National Environmental Health Association).
The National Roundtable develops policy goals, carries out administrative and legislative advocacy, and designs transition recommendations for the next Congress and administration.
The next National Roundtable meeting will be held November 16, 2016, at 1 p.m. Eastern.
Political Will and Strategy Workgroup
Co-chaired by Ruth Ann Norton (Green and Healthy Homes Initiative) and Julie Kruse (NCHH).
The Political Will and Strategy Workgroup is a subgroup of the National Roundtable. Their goal is to create the political will and strategy to ensure Congress, the new administration, and other policymakers act to eradicate lead poisoning in five years and provide follow-up services to children exposed to lead.
The next Political Will and Strategy meeting will be incorporated into the October 5 National Roundtable meeting at 1 p.m. Eastern.
The Grassroots Outreach and Media Workgroup’s purpose is to increase awareness and build a strong and diverse base of passionate and active supporters through directed social media, media, and grassroots outreach. They give a voice to those affected by lead poisoning and find an audience for their stories.
The next Grassroots Outreach meeting meeting will be held during the Lead and Healthy Housing National Mid-Year Conference in Philadelphia, PA, October 19, 2016, at 3:30 p.m. Eastern, both in person and via phone.
For more information on these workgroup meetings, please contact Sarah Goodwin.
Guiding Principles for NCHH’s Lead Advocacy
The National Center for Healthy Housing’s core principle for lead advocacy is to promote primary prevention, leading to the elimination of exposures and thus the elimination of childhood lead poisoning. Until we achieve that goal, we will also continue to press for urgently needed follow-up services for children impacted by lead.
NCHH believes that preventing exposures to lead-based paint, dust, and soil hazards requires robust support of all three legs of the stool for successful government action: the CDC to monitor children’s blood lead levels, HUD to control lead hazards, and EPA to set standards based on the most updated science.
NCHH’s Role in Lead Advocacy
NCHH leads the national effort to:
- Dramatically increase funding to CDC’s Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, to provide needed surveillance, outreach, education, and follow-up services nationwide, ensuring blood lead level surveillance in all 50 states.
- Dramatically increase funding to HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes to ensure that lead hazards are identified and controlled in pre-1978 low-income homes with children younger than six years old.
- Promote financing for home-based lead follow-up services.
- Expand lead-based risk assessments to all HUD inspection protocols.
- Re-establish a national lead poisoning advisory committee and update national plans for eliminating lead paint hazards and providing healthy homes.
NCHH plays a major role in efforts to:
- Update federal lead paint, dust, and soil regulations using the most recent science.
- Promote lead poisoning research.
NCHH supports efforts to:
- Identify and replace lead pipes and identify and eliminate other sources of lead exposure.
- Identify and fully fund needed follow-up services to children impacted by lead.
- Increase private resources for lead paint hazard control, including grants, tax credits, incentives, settlements, and enhanced disclosure.
- Led the national effort to secure passage of $25 million in new lead hazard control funding by the full Senate appropriations committee April 21, 2016.
- Issued the “Call for 230” in February 2016 to more than double lead hazard control and healthy homes funding to HUD to $230 million – picked up by 20 senators, hundreds of organizations, and most recently, the Muppets, on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (caution: strong language).
- Also in February 2016, issued the call to more than double funding for children’s blood lead level surveillance in order to extend it to all 50 states – since picked up by over 100 members of Congress.
- Led advocacy for HUD to protect the health of residents of its largest program, Section 8 vouchers, resulting in the current upgrade of its housing quality standards.
- In 2016, renewed the call for re-establishment of CDC’s groundbreaking scientific lead poisoning advisory committee – now picked up by 75 U.S. representatives.
- Provided technical and scientific advice to members of Congress on six lead poisoning prevention bills introduced in 2016 alone.
- Recognized by Senator Jack Reed in April 2016 for efforts leading to introduction of his Title X Amendments Act improving protections of low-income children, including those living in studio and efficiency apartments. These provisions were included in bipartisan appropriations legislation passed unanimously out of committee on April 21.
National Safe and Healthy Housing Coalition Advocacy
- Coalition members initiated our “Call for 230” to double lead poisoning prevention funding on February 10, 2016, by meeting with 80 of their representatives and senators.
- Congressman Kildee of Flint and Director Breysse of CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health joined Coalition members April 12, 2016, to discuss new directions in the fight to end lead poisoning in the wake of Flint.
- 04/17/2016 | John Oliver Supports “Call for 230” Million for HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control
- 03/04/2016 | NCHH’s David Jacobs Discusses Need for Increased Funding In New York Times
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Find It, Fix It, Fund It Action Drive Members
We thank the following organizations for joining “Find It, Fix It, Fund It: A Lead Elimination Action Drive.” Click here if you’d like to join the drive as an individual or as a representative of your organization.
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