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Addressing the Impacts of Lead: Moving Toward Prevention

When & Where

November 18, 2016
8:00 am – 3:30 pm

Hilton Cleveland Downtown
100 Lakeside Ave East
Cleveland, Ohio 44114


Questions? Email Lisa Nelson or Mary Helen Petrus


Want to see more? Read our Community Development Brief, “Lead Poisoning and the Children of Cuyahoga County”.


Registration will close November 17, 2016

This one-day forum is a research- and policy-oriented event that will focus on the impacts of lead exposure on children; the costs associated with lead exposure; and promising approaches and policies to prevent the problems associated with lead exposure.

   Friday, November 18, 2016

8:00–8:40 am Continental Breakfast & Registration
8:45–9:00 am Welcome and opening remarks
Loretta J. Mester, President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
9:00–10:30 am Panel 1: Impacts of lead poisoning on children and young adults
In this opening panel, researchers will discuss the impacts of lead poisoning, including consequences for lead-exposed children in terms of their IQ, educational outcomes, and likelihood of engaging in criminal activity.

Anna Aizer, Professor of Economics, Brown University and Co-Director of the Children’s Program, National Bureau of Economic Research, ( presentation )
Kim Dietrich, Professor of Environmental Health and Epidemiology, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, ( presentation )
Jessica Wolpaw Reyes, Professor of Economics, Amherst College, ( presentation )
Sharunda Buchanan, Acting Chief, Healthy Homes Lead Poisoning Prevention Program and Director of the Division of Emergency and Environmental Health Services, Centers for Disease Control (moderator), ( presentation )
10:30–10:45 am Break
10:45–12:15 pm Panel 2: Lead poisoning costs and successful prevention approaches
This panel will document the human capital, economic, and social costs associated with lead poisoning, as well as discuss successful strategies and policy approaches that focus on primary prevention.

Elise Gould, Senior Economist, Economic Policy Institute, ( presentation )
Katrina Korfmacher, Associate Professor and Director of Community Outreach, University of Rochester Medical Center’s Environmental Health Sciences Center, ( presentation )
Ruth Ann Norton, Executive Director and CEO, Green and Healthy Homes Initiative, ( presentation )
Michelle Miller, Deputy Director, Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes, Housing and Urban Development (moderator)
12:15–12:55 pm Lunch
1:00–2:30 pm Panel 3: Local challenges and promising approaches to tackling lead poisoning
Our last panel will discuss some of the obstacles and challenges in Cuyahoga County and the City of Cleveland, and will also focus on efforts underway to move toward prevention.

Terry Allan, Health Commissioner, Cuyahoga County Board of Health, ( presentation )
Claudia Coulton, Distinguished University Professor and the Lillian F. Harris Professor, Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University, ( presentation )
Kim Foreman, Executive Director, Environmental Health Watch, ( presentation )
Ron J. H. O’Leary, Director, Department of Building and Housing, City of Cleveland (moderator)
2:30–3:15 pm Facilitated discussion on next steps
Moderator: Paul Kaboth, Vice President and Community Development Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

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