ERIC Number: ED441611
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Childhood Lead Poisoning: Blueprint for Prevention.
Rochow, K. W. James; Rapuano, Maria
Current programs to deal with childhood lead poisoning, the primary environmental disease of U.S. children, screen individual children, treat those with serious cases of lead poisoning, and subsequently return children to hazardous environments. This approach has led to repeated diagnoses of lead poisoning. This handbook is designed to convince state and local decisionmakers to develop, fund, and sustain childhood lead poisoning prevention programs. The first of a 3-volume set intended to provide a framework to catalyze action to develop effective childhood lead poisoning prevention programs, the handbook describes pathways of lead exposure and its effects on children, presents myths versus facts with regard to childhood lead poisoning, and discusses the liability of states and cities with regard to lead poisoning. The handbook also sets forth the compelling arguments why it is in everyone's interest to move to preventive programs, including the protection of generations of children and improvement of the quality of life and productivity of the individual child. The handbook then outlines seven elements of an effective prevention program: (1) assessing the childhood lead poisoning prevention problem in each community; (2) educating the public about prevention; (3) coordinating public sector lead-related programs; (4) building constituencies through community outreach; (5) increasing capacity for lead hazard control; (6) prioritizing lead hazard control; and (7) leveraging private sector resources. The handbook concludes with a list of resources for prevention programs, including federal initiatives, state programs, and private capital. (KB)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Child Health, Children, Lead Poisoning, Legal Responsibility, Prevention, Program Design, Risk Management, Special Health Problems
Alliance to End Childhood Lead Poisoning, 227 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E., Suite 200, Washington, DC 20002 ($4; $3 per copy for orders over 10).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Alliance to End Childhood Lead Poisoning, Washington, DC.
Note: For related documents on childhood lead poisoning, see PS 028 630-631.