City of Atlanta to Celebrate National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week | October 26-31, 2015
Atlanta, GA (September 2015) – Hundreds of thousands of children living in the United States have elevated blood lead levels that may cause significant damage to their health including behavior and learning problems such as hyperactivity, slowed growth, hearing problems, and aggression. To raise awareness and encourage education among parents and pregnant women who live in homes built before 1978, the City of Atlanta, Department of Planning in partnership with local workforce leader, The Center for Working Families, Inc., is hosting Atlanta’s first-ever participation in National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW) October 26-31, 2015.
“Lead poisoning could have potentially serious health consequences. We are grateful for our national and local community partnering agencies who are committed to reducing the total number of children, families and communities that are at risk,” said Department of Planning and Community Development Commissioner Tim Keane. “Through our Office of Housing, we will continue to raise awareness – one child at a time.”
NLPPW’s week of events will kick off Monday, October 26th with a proclamation followed by a walk-through tour of a property that has been remediated through the City’s Lead Safe Atlanta program. A photo exhibit of the Lead Safe Atlanta program’s work and impact will be housed in the City Hall Atrium Thursday and Friday, October 29-30. NLPPW will culminate on Saturday, October 31st with a health fair in partnership with the Georgia Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and a host of local health providers at the City of Atlanta Dunbar Neighborhood Center in Mechanicsville. The family friendly Halloween-themed event, named “Blood Fest” will also test children for elevated blood levels and provide other screenings and education resources for the entire family.