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Lead Poisoning Prevention

While much progress has been made in reducing the number of children poisoned by lead-hazards each year, that apparent success is misleading.  In many neighborhoods in New York State, particularly low-income minority neighborhoods, children continue to be poisoned and permanently damaged by lead at alarming levels even though lead poisoning is entirely preventable.  In the materials below you’ll get a sense of how this critical advocacy issue has evolved at the statewide and local level over the last few years.

 



ARTICLES

Session Wrap 2017: Strengthening Lead Poisoning Protections
Low income children are particularly at risk because they often live in rental housing which is not well maintained by the owner. Low income children are particularly at risk because they often live in rental housing which is not well maintained by the owner. Read More

Current Issue of Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law Includes New Study on Using Local Laws to Reduce Chilhood Lead Poisoning
Although lead paint was banned by federal law in 1978, it continues to poison children living in homes built before that time. The lifelong effects of childhood exposure to even small amounts of lead are well established by medical research. Read More

Empire Justice Center's Legislative Agenda 2009-2011
The Summer issue of the Legal Services Journal highlighted many legislative initiatives for 2009-2011 and provided a “Legislative Scorecard” on those initiatives with detailed articles on a broad array of issue areas. This article will review those initiatives and add to the Legislative Scorecard as we move into the New Year. Read More


Lead Poisoning Prevention: Articles



IN THE NEWS

EPA Recognizes the Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning for Outstanding Community Leadership
The Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning has been selected as a winner of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Environmental Justice Achievement Award for its leadership in community-based efforts to prevent childhood lead poisoning in the city of Rochester, New York. Read More

Governor Paterson Issues Executive Order 21 Establishing the Governor's Task Force on the Prevention of Childhood Lead Poisoning
State Agencies Will Collaborate on the Development of a Coordinated Strategy to Eradicate Childhood Exposure to Lead Read More


Lead Poisoning Prevention: In the News



POLICY ADVOCACY

Empire Justice Testimony Regarding New York’s State’s Draft Child Care Development Fund Plan for FFY 2014-2015
Our testimony on New York's draft CCDF PLan for 2014 - 2015, including comments on access to quality child care, the effects of lead poisoning on minority communities, immigrant access to quality child care and access to language services at local district offices. Read More

Empire Justice Testimony on New York State’s Draft Child Care Development Fund Plan for FFY 2012-2013
Access to subsidies gives children in low income families the opportunity to engage in an early learning experience that their families could not ordinarily afford. Much of this testimony focuses on areas where we believe OCFS can expand access to child care subsidies to two underserved populations: children in immigrant families and children with special needs. Read More


Lead Poisoning Prevention: Policy Advocacy




NEWSLETTERS

Disability Law News - September 2009 Issue
The Disability Law News is a quarterly newsletter published for DAP advocates. Featured in this issue is an article on "Medicaid to Pay for “Point-of-Care” Blood Tests for Lead Poisoning". Also in this issue you will find articles on Regulations, Court Decisions, Administrative Decisions, and the Bulletin Board along with other articles. Read More

Legal Services Journal - Summer 2009 Issue
The Summer 2009 issue of the Legal Services Journal has a wide range of articles. With a highlight on Empire Justice Center's legislative outcomes and articles on Child Care, Civil Rights, Community Development, Consumer, Disability Benefits, Domestic Violence, Employment, Health, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Language Access and Public Benefits. Read More