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ERIC Number: EJ1096766
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1534-6102
The Creation of a University-Community Alliance to Address Lead Hazards: Three Keys to Success
Beckman, Mary; Caponigro, Jay
Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, v10 n3 p95-108 2005
Exposure to lead can be devastating for children, and federal regulations established in 2001 are forcing local governments to mitigate this risk. This essay discusses the creation of the Lead Alliance, a university-community coalition created to address lead hazards facing children from low-income households in South Bend, Indiana. Among the accomplishments of the Lead Alliance are a chemistry course at the University of Notre Dame and a Community Outreach Partnership Centers grant. After reviewing a number of examples of university-community collaborations to mitigate lead poisoning, the article focuses on how each partner in the Lead Alliance came to the table and describes the Alliance's activities. It identifies three key factors in the success of this coalition: the members' complementary community connections and knowledge, the efforts of a facilitator at the start of the process, and the personal commitment of each member.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Indiana
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