Founded in 2000, the Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning draws on the expertise and influence of children’s advocates, educators, health care providers, government agencies, researchers and others. Together the coalition uses a variety of approaches including:
LEGISLATION -- Helped pass Rochester's precedent setting Lead Based Paint Poisoning Prevention Ordinance
MEDIA -- Orchestrated a public health campaign to raise community awareness of the dangers of lead
REGULATION -- Pushed for Rochester's Lead Safe Schools Policy
EDUCATION -- Created materials on lead poisoning in eight languages
Monroe County's public health data show that the number of children under six with reported blood lead levels above 10μg/dL (micrograms per deciliter) has decreased 85 percent, from 900 in 2004 to 139 in 2014. But challenges remain. Health professional now agree that lower lead levels of 5 to 9μg/dL also can be damaging. In 2014, 470 children tested postive for levels in this lower range, bringing the total number of lead poisoned children in Monroe County to 609.
Lead poisoning is nearly always linked to deteriorated lead-based paint in the home. In Rochester, more than 86 percent of the housing stock was constructed prior to the ban on lead paint in 1978. Although lead poisoning occurs in all corners of Monroe County, the majority of lead-poisoned children live in the city's poorest neighborhoods, and are disproportionately African American and Latino.
September 20, 2016
Representatives from the Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning, the City of Rochester, the Monroe County Department of Public Health, community groups, staff members of the Environmental Protection Agency, and elected officials gathered Sept. 19 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Rochester lead law.
June 28, 2016
As the number of children reported poisoned by lead grows from last year, officials urged a continuation of local prevention efforts, including aggressive code enforcement of rental properties and screenings for one- and two-year-olds.
December 18, 2015
The Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning celebrates and applauds the Rochester City Council for passing a historic and precedent setting lead based paint poisoning prevention ordinance 10 years ago.
October 23, 2015
In 2015, the Cleveland Plain Dealer held up Rochester's proactive approach to preventing lead poisoning as a model for their city.
June 18, 2015
Monroe County and the City of Rochester are making significant progress in the campaign to end childhood lead poisoning. The number of preschoolers diagnosed with lead poisoning fell from 900 to 139 from 2004 and 2014, a drop of 85 percent.
February 25, 2015
Community leader and actor Dr. David Anderson recounted the early effort to eradicate lead poisoning as part of the agency’s “lunch and learn” diversity programming.
January 09, 2015
Housing regulations have been key to lowering rates of lead poisoning, but new research finds that porches may remain a danger to children’s health.
February 09, 2011
This WXXI segment reviews lead issues and cleaning techniques for safe living in older homes with lead paint.
July 21, 2010
The Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning has been selected as a winner of the EPA’s Environmental Justice Achievement Award for its leadership in community-based efforts to prevent childhood lead poisoning.