Washington, D.C. — Over the past several months, national outrage around Flint, Michigan’s, water crisis has increased attention on the critical issue of childhood lead poisoning. Decades after ending the use of lead in paint and other sources, lead poisoning remains one of the nation’s most devastating health threats, affecting more than 535,000 children each year—particularly in low-income communities. Such exposure diminishes children’s reading and learning abilities and increases their likelihood of dropping out of school. Policies and resources that fight exposure to lead and ensure that families get the testing and support they need are necessary for children to live in safe and healthy homes.
On Wednesday, July 20, 2016, the Center for American Progress will host U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro for an event on lead exposure in low-income communities. A panel of experts will discuss best practices for creating lead-free homes and provide insights on how leaders across sectors can work together to ensure that every child lives in an environment conducive to their success.
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Secretary Julián Castro, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Betsy Hodges (D), Mayor, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Ruth Ann Norton, President and CEO, Green & Healthy Homes Initiative
David D. Fukuzawa, Managing Director, Health and Human Services Programs, The Kresge Foundation
Neera Tanden, President and CEO, Center for American Progress
Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. ET
Center for American Progress
1333 H Street, NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005
For more information or to speak with an expert, contact Allison Preiss at email@example.com or 202.478.6331.