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August 2011


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Partnership Efforts


Advocacy and Public Policy


Funding and Healthy Housing




Blood Lead Testing 


Lead Elimination Plan




Annual blood lead testing reports sent to 2,000 Medicaid providers in June. See Blood Lead Testing.


Healthy Homes, Healthy Kids, Healthy You Fair
August 27
Milwaukee, Wis.
(See Education)

Wisconsin Childhood Lead Poisoning Elimination Implementation and Oversight Committee Meeting
September 13
Madison, Wis.
(See Lead Elimination Plan)

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week
October 19-23
(See Advocacy and Public Policy)



Learn more about products recalled due to unsafe lead content.



Kids unLEADed is a publication of Children's Health Alliance of Wisconsin on behalf of the state's efforts to eliminate childhood lead poisoning.

Check out the Alliance's website.



Sixteenth Street Community Health Center Honored for Work to Combat Lead Exposure
In April, the Health Commissioner of Milwaukee, Bevan Baker, honored Sixteenth Street Community Health Center (SSCHC)'s Environmental Health Department for its efforts to reduce lead exposure on Milwaukee's south side. In accepting the Commissioner's Community Health Award of Excellence, John Bartkowski, chief executive officer at SSCHC, said, "Since the project began more than 15 years ago, our... reduction in lead poisoning on the south side [went] from nearly 40% of children under age 6 to less than 4%."   Read more.

Congress School Kids Learn about Lead from Puppets
After school in June and August, kids and their parents from Congress Year Round School in Milwaukee toured a fire truck, met police officers and learned about lead poisoning and other home health hazards through a variety of activities: a puppet show, a guessing game and a healthy homes wheel. Read more.



Advocate for Kids During National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week
National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is October 23-29. Numerous tools are available on the Lead-Safe Wisconsin website that provide ideas and resources to reach out in your community to educate people on the dangers of childhood lead poisoning and ways to prevent lead exposure.

Materials include:

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week toolkit.

Lead Free Kids Ad Campaign.

Text4baby Message Service.

Sesame Workshop Lead Away DVD toolkit.

Renovate Right toolkit.
Learn more.



Revisions to RRP Rule Announced
The Renovate, Repair and Painting Rule revisions were issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in August, 2011. Joy Finch of Greenway Technical College prepared a summary of the revisions including the changes proposed during an open comment period by members of the public and the resulting decisions by EPA to either include or not include those changes in the revised rule. Read more.

Celebrity Conference Guests Join the Healthy Homes Discussion
The 2011 National Healthy Homes Conference, a federally-sponsored event, was held in Denver in June, bringing together a wide range of sectors to better coordinate efforts in making housing healthy, safe and environmentally sustainable. Special celebrity guest speakers, Steve Thomas, star of Renovation Nation, and Mike Holmes, of Holmes on Homes and Holmes Inspection, provided podcast interviews about healthy homes. Hear more.


Student Nurse Develops Lead Poisoning Prevention Materials for Schools
Student nurse Anne Hall served an internship at the Pierce County Public Health Department to learn more about public health and school nursing practices. She developed an educational presentation for elementary school children about lead poisoning and created accompanying print materials to reinforce the messages. Read more. 

Helping Educators Understand the Effects of Lead on School Performance and Behavior
Connecticut Children's Medical Center and University of Connecticut teamed up to develop lead awareness online training to enhance educator's ability to respond to the needs of children harmed by lead. The series, Lead Poisoning: Limiting the Ability to Learn, carries separate modules for classroom educators, administrators, health services personnel and child daycare facility staff. Learn more.

Healthy Homes, Healthy Kids, Healthy You Fair to Be Held in Milwaukee
Families are invited to come to a fun and educational health fair with a focus on health in the home on Saturday, August 27 at the Washington Park Senior Center. This event will piggy back on the Run Back to School 5K Fun Run Event sponsored by Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS). Read more.


Annual Blood Lead Testing Reports Sent to 2,000 Health Care Providers
2,000 Medicaid providers received the 6th annual Blood Lead Testing Report in June, 2011. Because children enrolled in Medicaid are at greater risk of lead poisoning, they are required to be tested for lead at both ages 1 and 2. Children who have not been tested by age 3 should be tested at least once before age 6. For children seen in a clinic, the report gives the Medicaid provider the blood lead testing rates. Learn more.


Statewide IOC is Counting on You
Members of the Wisconsin Childhood Lead Poisoning Elimination Plan Implementation and Oversight Committee (IOC) reaffirmed their commitment to eliminate lead poisoning at the May IOC meeting. While funding resources are changing and dollar amounts reduced, education, public policy and action must remain in the forefront. At the next meeting on Tuesday, September 13 in Madison, the IOC members will discuss efforts to continue blood lead testing, education, lead-safe work practices and partnership development.

A key agenda item for discussion at the September 13 IOC meeting will be to continue moving ahead with the transition from childhood lead poisoning to addressing other home health hazards. Discussion will include building a strategic plan, framing housing-related health and safety issues and the need to build collaboration between existing and new efforts.

For more information on joining the IOC contact Margie Coons, Program Manager, Wisconsin Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, at (608) 267-0473. Learn more  

Award in recognition of Dr. Kitty's legacy was given to former committee co-chair Tom Sieger
On May 10, Karen Ordinans, executive director of Children's Health Alliance of Wisconsin and co-chair of the Wisconsin Childhood Lead Poisoning Elimination Implementation and Oversight Committee (IOC), presented the first "Dr. Kitty's Legacy Lead-Safe for Kids Sake Recognition" to Tom Sieger. Sieger served as co-chair for the IOC with Dr. Kitty through 2007, when she succumbed to cancer. He continued to serve as IOC co-chair through 2010 with Ordinans. Learn more.


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