(Source: MKE Nutrition & Lead Task Force, 2019)
Residential exposure to lead is a critical environmental problem in cities throughout the US but especially for cities in southeastern Wisconsin. In the summer of 2018, the Interfaith Earth Network (IEN) collaborated with Hephatha Lutheran Church, Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers, Social Development Commission, and the Dominican Center to host its first education event for families at high risk of lead exposure. Participants were taught the negative health effects of lead (especially for children as they develop mentally and physically), ways to reduce exposure (through paint, water, and soil), and the importance of proper nutrition. From this initial event, IEN has played a vital role in the formation and continued work of the Coalition On Lead Emergency (COLE) comprised of more than 15 community organizations. Together, IEN and COLE are working with the Strong Baby Sanctuary to train facilitators for hosting lead education events in their own congregations throughout the city of Milwaukee.
"'Well Fed Means Less Lead' Campaign Summary" (2019) - MKE Nutrition & Lead Task Force
Get Well Fed - MKE Nutrition & Lead Task Force
The Lead Hazard Reduction Program - City of Milwaukee Home Environmental Health Division
Lead-Safe Wisconsin - Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention - Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
"Supporting Healthy Houses of Worship: Effective, Affordable Measures to Protect the Health of Congregations and Staff" (Oct 2019) - US Environmental Protection Agency
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