Events and Resources for National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2021

Many excellent events are scheduled for this year’s National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (October 24-30, 2021), and NCHH is working diligently to compile them all in one place for your convenience. The events are below are organized chronologically withing three categories: Twitter events, virtual summits, and webinars. NCHH will expand this listing regularly as new events are announced, so visit this page often.

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Twitter Events

October 26 (Tuesday)

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET (12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. PT):
#NLPPWchat
Presented by the National Center for Healthy Housing.

  • Description: NCHH will host its fifth annual National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week-themed Twitter chat to increase awareness about the sources of lead exposure; exchange ideas; share helpful initiatives, policies, and resources; and inspire action on lead poisoning prevention and response. To participate, follow along on October 26 when @NCHH posts questions starting at 3:00 p.m. ET (12:00 p.m. PT). Share your thoughts and ideas on policies, data, practices, and resources for lead poisoning prevention. Be sure to use #NLPPWchat in your tweets, so the chat participants can easily follow you and others during this event.
  • Registration: Let us know you’ll be joining us by registering for the 2021 #NLPPWchat here! Note that early registrants will receive advance access to the chat questions. UPDATE: The chat questions are now available for all participants to download. Note that you may have to right click and “save link as” a document on your computer.

Virtual Summit

October 28 (Thursday)

8:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET (5:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. PT):
Life Without Lead: Envisioning a Lead Safe Community for All 
Presented by Lead Safe Allegheny.

  • Description: Together, we can create a lead-safe Allegheny and beyond. For all. Together, community leaders, policymakers, advocates, scientists, and families from across the region (southwestern Pennsylvania), state, and nation will connect to recognize National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week and the progress and action required in the region. The summit will feature speakers and panelists across sectors, and participants are invited to join as many events as they can. Keynote address by LaTricea Adams of Black Millennials 4 Flint. Panels and presentations include “Advancing Environmental Justice Through Lead Poisoning Prevention,” “Lead-Safe Drinking Water,” “Where Do We Go from Here? Community Solutions to Lead in Paint, Dust, Soil and Water,” “Allegheny County Data,” “Local Municipal Solutions,” “Strategies for Creating Lead-Safe Counties,” “Funding Strategies,” “How Physicians and Healthcare Providers Play a Role in Lead Poisoning Prevention,” and “A Renter’s Right to a Lead-Safe Environment.” A full itinerary is available here
  • Presenters: Jamil Bey, PhD, CEO and President, UrbanKind Institute; NaTisha Washington, Environmental Justice Organizer, One PA; LaTricea D. Adams, MAT, EdS, Founder CEO and President, Black Millennials 4 Flint; Suzanne Novak, Staff Attorney, EarthJustice; Will Pickering, Executive Director, Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority; Yanna Lambrinidou, PhD, Campaign for Lead Free Water; Becca Simon, Project Manager: Policy & Land Stewardship, Grounded Strategies; Curtis Da’Von Parker, Western PA Organizing Director, Clean Water Action; Hanna Beightley, Healthy Homes Program Manager, Women for a Healthy Environment; Juanita Brown, MSN, RN, CCM, Lead Community Outreach Nurse, Allegheny County Health Department; Anna Coleman, Environmental Justice Coalition Organizer, Pittsburgh United; Carol Hardeman, Executive Director, Hill District Consensus Group; Erika Strassburger, Pittsburgh City Council, District 8; Craig Walt, Bureau Chief for Lancaster Lead Safety and Community Development; Rayid Ghani, Distinguished Career Professor in the Machine Learning Department and the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University; Nick Hart, Assistant Director, Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness; Larry Brooks, CCEO, Director of the Alameda County Healthy Homes Department Lead Poisoning Prevention Program; Komal Sheth, MPH, Staff Analyst, City of Houston Health Department Bureau of Community and Children’s Environmental Health; Debra Lewis, LMSW, Lead Program Coordinator, Onondaga County Health Department; Matt Ammon, Director, Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes; Amanda Reddy, Executive Director, National Center for Healthy Housing; Carin Speidel, Healthy Homes Section Manager, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services; Diego Chaves-Gnecco, MD, Pediatrician, Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Director and Founder, Salud Para Niños, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh; Kevin Osterhoudt, MD, MSCE, FAAP, FACMT, Attending Physician, Division of Emergency Medicine and Medical Director at the Poison Control Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP); Rebecca Vidak, Clinical Quality Management Consultant – EPSDT, Gateway Health; Kevin Quisenberry, Esq., Litigation Director, Community Justice Project; Meghan Tighe, Staff Attorney, Neighborhood Legal Services; Carol Hardeman, Executive Director, Hill District Consensus Group; and staff from the Allegheny County Health Department, Allegheny Lead Safe Homes Program, and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority. Panels moderated by Chavaysha Chaney, Program Associate, UrbanKind Institute; Talor Musil, Health Policy Manager, Women for a Healthy Environment; Noble A-W Maseru, PhD, MPH, Professor, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health; Director, Social Justice, Racial Equity and Faculty Engagement; Ashleigh Deemer, Deputy Director, PennEnvironment; Michelle Naccarati-Chapkis, Executive Director, Women for a Healthy Environment; Karin Shafer, Clinical Director, Alliance for Infants and Toddlers; and Jason Beery, Director of Applied Research, UrbanKind Institute.
  • Registration: Register for Life Without Lead: Envisioning a Lead Safe Community for All here

Webinars and Town Halls

Among the most popular events of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week are the webinars produced by the HUD Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH). This year, OLHCHH is kicking off National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week on Wednesday, October 20, at 11 a.m. ET, with Perspectives from HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (additional details below), and we encourage you to tune in for it. But don’t stop there—be sure to check out HUD’s full slate of webinars below, plus additional events from other participating organizations.

October 20 (Wednesday)

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET (8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. PT):
Perspectives from HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes 
Presented by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Land Grant Universities and Cooperative Extension System.

  • Description: In this session, the presenters will discuss these questions: What were some of the most difficult challenges from the 1990s to the present? What policies, funding streams, or other conditions may help achieve a lead-free U.S.A. in the next 20 years? What roles might certain professions or fields play in the coming years? The presenters will also highlight examples of successful partnerships or stakeholder relationships.
  • Presenters: Dr. Warren Friedman, Senior Advisor to the OLHCHH Director; Bruce Haber, Director of the Enforcement Division, HUD OLHCHH; and Kofi Berko, Acting Director of the Policy and Standards Division, HUD OLHCHH. The panel will be moderated by Michael Goldschmidt, National Coordinator, Healthy Homes Partnership.
  • Registration: Register for Perspectives from HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes here; webinar ID: 658-951-179.

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. PT):
Understanding Lead 
Presented by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics.

  • Description: Understanding Lead is designed for anyone interested in learning about lead, its impacts, and preventing potential lead exposure and lead poisoning. This 90-minute webinar is based on “Module 1: Understanding Lead” of the Lead Awareness Curriculum. By the end of the webinar, participants will (1) recognize potential sources of lead exposure; (2) understand impacts and effects of lead exposure; (3) learn simple actions to reduce lead exposure; and (4) know the importance of testing children’s blood lead levels.
  • Presenters: Presenters not announced.
  • Registration: Register for Understanding Lead here.
October 25 (Monday)

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET (8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. PT): 
Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule – Contractors
Presented by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Land Grant Universities and Cooperative Extension System.

  • Description: The EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule requires that firms performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, childcare facilities and pre-schools built before 1978 have their firm certified by EPA (or an EPA-authorized state), use certified renovators who are trained by EPA-approved training providers, and follow lead-safe work practices. This webinar will provide a brief overview of the rule specifically for contractors and provide information on how contractors may enroll in training course to become lead-safe certified to work on homes to protect children.
  • Presenter: Mike Wilson, Environmental Protection Specialist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Registration: Register for Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule – Contractorhere; webinar ID: 958-893-147.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET (10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PT):
Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention for Local Health Programs
Presented by the California Department of Public Health Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch.

  • Note: This session will offer closed captioning and real-time Spanish language translations.  |  Nota: Esta sesión ofrecerá subtítulos y traducciones al español en tiempo real.
  • Description: All local health programs are invited to attend this webinar session to learn about the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program. Staff from the Alameda and Fresno County Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention programs will present their efforts to prevent childhood lead poisoning in their communities and how they work in conjunction with other local health programs to carry out their mission and objectives.
  • Presenter: Staff from the Alameda and Fresno County Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention programs.
  • Registration: Register for Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention for Local Health Programs here.

2:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET (11:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PT):
A New Day Has Come: One Coalition’s Approach to Transforming Policies, Systems, and Community Investments to Prevent Lead Exposure At-Scale 
Presented by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Land Grant Universities and Cooperative Extension System.

  • Description: Lead poisoning is a public health crisis with a housing solution. That’s why Northeast Ohio’s public and private sectors joined together to form the Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition. Now boasting over 500 members representing more than 125 cross-sector organizations, the coalition has a single goal: improve housing conditions at-scale to protect children and families from lead exposure. In service of this goal, the coalition worked with the City of Cleveland to adopt a lead-safe ordinance, fundamentally and forever changing the quality of the city’s housing stock. Cleveland’s Lead Safe Certification law creates, for the first time, a proactive rental inspection system to certify properties as lead-safe. The ordinance is landmark policy, yet it is only one half of the solution to effectively creating lead-safe homes. The Coalition’s approach centers on pairing the policy with resources—a carrot-and-stick approach to ensure that families and property owners have the resources they need to prevent lead poisoning and comply with the Lead Safe Certification. In 2020, the coalition launched the Lead Safe Home Fund to serve as the conceptual framework for these resources. The Lead Safe Home Fund is a first-of-its-kind, public-private investment tool to drive compliance with the new Lead Safe Certification system and provide residents, property owners, and other stakeholders the tools they need to protect kids and families. The Lead Safe Home Fund supports two critical, interrelated functions: (1) a spectrum of home loans and grants for low-income property owners to make lead-safe repairs; and (2) a Lead Safe Resource Center to provide system navigation, workforce development, resident services, and more. This webinar will provide background about how this innovative approach was developed, the interplay of different components such as financing and community involvement, how it is being rolled out, resources supporting it, and other key aspects. This panel will provide unique perspectives on the 500-plus member Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition, the recently launched proactive Lead Safe Certification rental inspection program, and the $99.4 million Lead Safe Home Fund used to create lead-safe housing in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cleveland experience offers a model for replication across the nation.
  • Presenters: The Honorable Blaine Griffin, Cleveland City Councilmember; Emily Lundgard, Senior Program Director, Enterprise Community Partners; Kim Foreman, Executive Director, Environmental Health Watch; and Kevin Nowak, Executive Director, CHN Housing Partners. The session will be moderated by Daniel Cohn, Vice President, Strategy, Mt. Sinai Health Foundation.
  • Registration: Register for A New Day Has Come: One Coalition’s Approach to Transforming Policies, Systems, and Community Investments to Prevent Lead Exposure At-Scale here; webinar ID: 798-898-403.

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET (12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. PT)
Town Hall on Lead & Healthy Homes Advocacy
Presented by the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative.

  • Description: Join this Town Hall hosted by the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative to update lead and healthy homes advocates around the country about the status of federal funding for lead hazard control and healthy housing programs. Speakers will discuss the status of the congressional infrastructure and reconciliation package and introduce a set of new tools that lead and healthy homes advocates can use to engage their congressional representatives and raise the call to end lead poisoning and support healthy housing through social media.
  • Presenters: TBA.
  • Registration: Register for Town Hall on Lead & Healthy Homes Advocacy here.
October 26 (Tuesday)

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET (8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. PT): 
Innovative Partnerships Driving Lead Poisoning Prevention 
Presented by the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative.

  • Description: Join the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative for this webinar to learn about newly emerging partnership models that are yielding strategic investments in lead poisoning prevention and healthy housing.
  • Presenters: Alice Yoder, Executive Director of Community Health at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health; and Richard Diaz, Chairperson of the Coalition on Lead Emergency (COLE) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • Registration: Register for Innovative Partnerships Driving Lead Poisoning Prevention here.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET (8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. PT):
Launching a New State Lead Exposure Prevention Program 
Presented by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Land Grant Universities and Cooperative Extension System.

  • Description: Virginia has a wide variety of rural, suburban, and urban housing conditions, as well as diverse, multicultural populations. Insights will be shared about the formative stages, including the development and roles of stakeholder engagement/collaborations, and much more. Notably, the “start-up” effort has been achieved in the context of the ongoing pandemic. The presenters will provide background on how this new program was developed, supporting data, some initial and potential future outreach efforts, and more.
  • Presenters: Susan Hill, Lead Hazard Reduction Program Manager, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development; Janine Kerr, MPH, Childhood Lead Health Educator, Eastern Region COVID-19 Training Coordinator, Virginia Department of Health; and Ashley Koski, Virginia Department of Health.
  • Registration: Register for Launching a New State Lead Exposure Prevention Program here; webinar ID: 741-376-451.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET (10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PT):
Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention for Health Care Professionals
Presented by the California Department of Public Health Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch.

  • Note: This session will offer closed captioning and real-time Spanish language translations.  |  Nota: Esta sesión ofrecerá subtítulos y traducciones al español en tiempo real.
  • Description: ​This presentation will provide innovative strategies for healthcare professionals to protect children and families from toxic lead exposures.
  • Presenters: Staff from the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) and the California Poison Control System.
  • Registration: Register for Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention for Health Care Professionals here.

2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET (11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PT):
Creative Uses of SCHIP Funds in Tackling Lead Poisoning Prevention – A Close-Up from Michigan and Ohio
Presented by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Land Grant Universities and Cooperative Extension System.

  • Description: This webinar highlights how the presenters’ respective departments receive funds and the ways they braid this funding with the Lead Hazard Control (LHC) grant funds. Currently, there are five states that use these types of funds, with another in the process of obtaining a state plan amendment. The webinar will cover “lessons learned” and how the program thrusts might
    possibly be replicated elsewhere. This webinar is intended to increase awareness of this dynamic approach with an overall goal of increasing the number of states adopting it.
  • Presenters: Carin Speidel, Center for Medicaid Services (Michigan); and Pam Blais, Center for Medicaid Services (Ohio).
  • Registration: Register for Creative Uses of SCHIP Funds in Tackling Lead Poisoning Prevention – A Close-Up from Michigan and Ohio here; webinar ID: 482-231-931.
October 27 (Wednesday)

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET (10 a.m. -11:00 a.m. CT):
Lead Free MS: What to Know About Lead-Based Paint Regulations
Presented by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, and the Mississippi Home Corporation.

  • Description: ​Join this webinar to learn the basics of lead-based paint regulations and compliance and other important healthy housing information in the state of Mississippi. This session is designed to support Mississippians engaged in housing repairs, property management and real estate, housing counseling, and related activities. Presenters will share information and answer questions about contractor credentialing and lead-based paint disclosure requirements for real estate transactions and additional healthy housing information for homebuyers..
  • Presenters: Catherine Lee, Green & Healthy Homes Initiative; Dennis Kelly, Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality; and Julie Brooks, Mississippi Home Corporation.
  • Registration: Register for Lead Free MS: What to Know About Lead-Based Paint Regulations here.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.ET (9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. PT): 
An Innovative Approach Using Children’s Literature to Educate Families on Lead Poisoning Prevention and the Importance of Pediatric Lead Level Testing
Presented by the Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health Services.

  • Description: Join us as we introduce the new children’s board book, Happy, Healthy, Lead-Free ME! authored by Gail Gettens and Knatalie Vetter and developed by the New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services with clinical support provided by the New Hampshire Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. This webinar will (1) answer the question, Why a children’s board book?; (2) discuss the book’s development, including robust technical review and NH AAP’s collaboration and clinical support; (3) share feedback from parent reviewers who read the book to their young children; (4) identify the nine-month well-child check appointment as optimal for distribution to families; (5) screen book pages with engaging illustrations, rhyming text, and “simple steps” approach to parent messaging; and (6) provide information for ordering books in English, Spanish, or Nepalese (with additional languages available in e-book format).
  • Presenters: Co-authors Gail Gettens, MS, ECMP, Child Development Specialist and Health Communications Advisor, New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services; and Knatalie Vetter, Supervisor, Lead Safety Compliance, New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services; plus special guest Erik Shessler, MD, President of the New Hampshire Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and pediatrician with Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Manchester (NH).
  • Registration: Register for An Innovative Approach Using Children’s Literature to Educate Families on Lead Poisoning Prevention and the Importance of Pediatric Lead Level Testing here.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET (10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PT):
Commemorating 30 years of CDC’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP)
Presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Lead Poisoning Prevention and Surveillance Branch.

  • Description: Join the CDC Lead Poisoning Prevention and Surveillance Branch in commemorating 30 years of working with state and local partners to eliminate childhood lead poisoning as a public health problem. This live virtual celebration will include a timeline of significant events in lead poisoning prevention over the last 30 years, a moderated panel discussion featuring state childhood lead poisoning prevention programs, and remarks from Dr. Pat Breysse and Paul Allwood.
  • Presenters: Panel TBA; Remarks by Dr. Pat Breysse, Director of the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Heath (NCEH); and Dr. Paul Allwood, Chief of the CDC’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Surveillance Branch.
  • Registration: Register for Commemorating 30 years of CDC’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) here.

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET (10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. PT):
Successful Outreach to Spanish-Speaking Audiences | Alcance exitoso para audiencias de habla hispana
Presented by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Land Grant Universities and Cooperative Extension System.

  • Note: This webinar will be delivered in both English and Spanish. After the presentation, attendees are welcome to submit questions in either Spanish or English.  |  Nota: Este seminario web se impartirá tanto en inglés como en español. Después de la presentación, los asistentes pueden enviar preguntas en español o en inglés.
  • Description: This webinar will spotlight individual products and both pre-pandemic and current outreach conducted in the Salt Lake City area. Lessons and valuable experiences learned about different outreach techniques and what might replicated in other communities will be highlighted. A wide range of outreach techniques and activities, as well as challenges, for Spanish-speaking community members and those who serve them will be explored.  |  Descripción: Este seminario web destacará los productos individuales y el alcance pre-pandémico y actual en el área de Salt Lake City. Destacará valiosas lecciones y experiencias aprendidas sobre diferentes técnicas de divulgación y lo que podría replicarse en otras comunidades. Se explorará una amplia gama de técnicas y actividades de divulgación, así como desafíos, para los miembros de la comunidad de habla hispana y aquellos que los sirven.
  • Presenter  |  Presentadora: Ayda Posso, Outreach Coordinator, Lead Safe Housing Program, Salt Lake County Housing and Community Development.
  • Registration: Register for Successful Outreach to Spanish-Speaking Audiences here; webinar ID: 975-661-379.  |  Registración: Registrar por Alcance exitoso para audiencias de habla hispana aquí; webinar ID: 975-661-379.

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PT):
Lead Awareness Curriculum Train-the-Trainer
Presented by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics.

  • Description: The Lead Awareness Curriculum is a robust set of educational tools designed to provide community leaders with practical resources to (1) raise awareness about childhood lead exposure, (2) expand the understanding of lead’s potential impacts on children’s health and cultural practices, and (3) encourage actions that can be taken to reduce and/or prevent childhood lead exposure. The curriculum is designed to be taught by community leaders (educators, public health advocates, environmental justice advocates, outreach specialists, environmental staff, social workers, community health workers, youth leaders, local government officials) with experience educating and training members of their community but does not require instructors to be experts on lead or lead exposure. Participants will learn how to use and modify the Lead Awareness Curriculum to teach their community about lead.
  • Presenters: Presenters not announced.
  • Registration: Register for Lead Awareness Curriculum Train-the-Trainer here. Note that two additional sessions are scheduled for November 3 at 1:00 p.m. ET (register here) and November 9 at 3:00 p.m. ET (register here).

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET (1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. PT):
Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention for Parents and Communities
Presented by the California Department of Public Health Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch.

  • Note: This session will offer closed captioning and real-time Spanish language translations.  |  Nota: Esta sesión ofrecerá subtítulos y traducciones al español en tiempo real.
  • Description: ​Parents and community members are invited to join lead expert Dr. Jill Johnston, who will present about what lead is, how it impacts children’s health, how to prevent lead poisoning, and how parents can get involved in their communities.
  • Presenters: Dr. Jill Johnston, University of Southern California.
  • Registration: Register for Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention for Parents and Communities here.
October 28 (Thursday)

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET (8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. PT):
Understanding Lead 
Presented by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics.

  • Description: Understanding Lead is designed for anyone interested in learning about lead, its impacts, and preventing potential lead exposure and lead poisoning. This 90-minute webinar is based on “Module 1: Understanding Lead” of the Lead Awareness Curriculum. By the end of the webinar, participants will (1) recognize potential sources of lead exposure; (2) understand impacts and effects of lead exposure; (3) learn simple actions to reduce lead exposure; and (4) know the importance of testing children’s blood lead levels.
  • Presenters: Presenters not announced.
  • Registration: Register for Understanding Lead here.

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET (9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PT):
Statewide Rally for Lead Justice 
Presented by Lead Free Kids New York.

  • Description: Join this important virtual town hall discussion about the ongoing threat of lead poisoning in many New York communities and what statewide organizations, government leaders, and affected families are doing about it. Topics include “Harm and Impact,” “A Parent’s Experience,” “Point of Sale Bill and Landlord Responsibility,” “The Fight in Central New York,” “A Historical Perspective,” “Our Budget Ask to Fight Lead Poisoning,” “The 2022 Legislative Agenda,” “Testing for Lead Poisoning in New York,” “Organizing the Fight Against Lead Poisoning,” and “Q & A/Next Steps.”
  • Presenters: Sonal Jessel, WE ACT for Environmental Justice, Co-Leader, Lead Free Kids New York (moderator and speaker); Katrina Korfmacher, PhD.; Cordell Cleare; Jonathan D. Rivera, Assemblyman, 149th A.D.; Oceanna Fair; Matthew Chachere, Esq., Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation; Paul Webster, Clean & Healthy New York, Co-Leader, Just Green Partnership; Greg Campbell-Cohen, Clean & Healthy New York; Gabrielle Gonzalez, Clean & Healthy New York; and Rebecca Garrard, Citizen Action of New York.
  • Registration: Register for Statewide Rally for Lead Justice here.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET (10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PT):
Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention for Child Care Professionals
Presented by the California Department of Public Health Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch.

  • Note: This session will offer closed captioning and real-time Spanish language translations.  |  Nota: Esta sesión ofrecerá subtítulos y traducciones al español en tiempo real.
  • Description: ​California licensed child care facilities and child care providers are invited to join the California Department of Social Services for a presentation related to the new California Day Care Facilities Act, which sets forth new requirements for testing drinking water for lead. This session will provide up-to-date information and requirements for lead testing and funding opportunities for protecting children from lead in drinking water.
  • Presenters: Staff from the California Department of Social Services.
  • Registration: This session has reached maximum capacity. Look for a link to the recording in late November.

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT):
Childhood Lead Exposure in the United States: CDC’s Role in Prevention, Education, and Surveillance
Presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Description: ​CDC subject matter experts will discuss sources of lead in children’s environments, populations at higher risk, current trends among children in the U.S., prevention strategies, and current initiatives.
  • Presenters: Presenters TBA.
  • Registration: Register for Childhood Lead Exposure in the United States: CDC’s Role in Prevention, Education, and Surveillance here.

7:00 p.m. –  8:00 p.m. ET (4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. PT):
Understanding Lead Poisoning and Learning: A Neurogenerative Approach 
Presented by Community for a Cause.

Description: Is brain damage from lead poisoning really irreversible? This event will explore the possibility of repairing brain functionality.
Presenters: Presenters not announced.
Registration: Registration not required. Join the Understanding Lead Poisoning and Learning: A Neurogenerative Approach presentation here; Zoom ID: 629 662 6533.

October 29 (Friday)

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET (10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PT):
Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention for Environmental Professionals
Presented by the California Department of Public Health Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch.

  • Note: This session will offer closed captioning and real-time Spanish language translations.  |  Nota: Esta sesión ofrecerá subtítulos y traducciones al español en tiempo real.
  • Description: ​Environmental professionals are invited to join the Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Orange County Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention programs as they share best practices for environmental professionals for collaborating with local code enforcement agencies, conducting proactive rental inspections, and collaborating with local communities experiencing environmental injustice.
  • Presenters: Staff from the Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Orange County Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention programs.
  • Registration: Register for Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention for Environmental Professionals here.

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT): 
Lead Poisoning Prevention Health in all Policies 
Presented by the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative.

  • Description: Details TBA.
  • Presenters: Presenters TBA.
  • Registration: Register for Lead Poisoning Prevention Health in all Policies here.

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET (12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. PT):
NLPPW Protect Your Children from Lead
Presented by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Education and Community Partnerships Unit.

  • Description: ​This webinar offers tips for parents and caregivers from Thirteen’s “Parenting Minutes” (New York Public Media).
  • Presenter: Eleanor Janszky, Early Learning Specialist, Kids’ Media and Education.
  • Registration: Register for NLPPW Protect Your Children from Lead here.
November 3 (Wednesday)

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET (10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PT): 
How States are Handling Lead in School Drinking Water, Examining New Research 
Presented by the National Association of State Boards of Education.

  • Description: Lead in school drinking water is a pervasive problem that impacts every state in the nation, yet many schools are ill-equipped to address it. There is no safe level of lead exposure for children. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, even at very low levels, lead exposure in children, especially those younger than six, contributes to learning deficits and behavioral and attentional problems, lower IQ, slowed growth, hearing problems, and anemia. Join us for the webinar release of a new NASBE report that details the current landscape of state lead testing programs, both mandatory and voluntary, and common challenges, best practices in policy, and actionable recommendations for state leaders to address lead in drinking water at schools. The panelists will discuss findings of the report and results from interviews with state experts on the challenges their states face, as well as strategies for state leaders to engage in clean drinking water efforts, advocate for policy action, and leverage federal funding opportunities to better support schools in lead testing and remediation so that all children have access to safe drinking water in school.
  • Presenters: Caroline Pakenham, Senior Manager of Water Programs, Elevate; Dr. Pamela Pugh, Vice President of the Michigan State Board of Education, and Co-Founder of Regeneration LLC; and Jay Palmer, Senior Analyst, Education, Workforce, and Income Security Issues, U.S. Government Accountability Office.
  • Registration: Register for How States are Handling Lead in School Drinking Water, Examining New Research here.