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How do we Correct the Childhood Lead Poisoning in the Chicago Area: The Latest Evidence and Public Health Approaches

  • 23 Sep 2022
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Virtual Session

September 23, 2022 

Childhood Lead Poisoning in the Chicago Area:  The Latest Evidence and Public Health Approaches  How do we continue to correct the problem? 

Virtual Meeting 

12:00 PM CT - 1:00 PM CT  

Complimentary- Open to All 

Registration will open soon. 

CEU 1.0* 

A confirmation is sent immediately upon registration with the virtual link for the day of the event, if you do not receive it, please contact us at iomcstaff@iomc.org. 

Urban soils contaminated with lead contribute to elevated blood lead levels (BLLs) in young children. Until such time that this soil contamination is addressed in a systematic manner,  overall efforts to reduce lead blood levels in at-risk populations will continue to fall short, and significant health and social consequences of lead poisoning will continue to manifest itself. 

Chicago has hot spots where lead, including in soil, is a potential danger to children and others. This is problematic if not addressed to avoid health issues. Reducing lead exposure is especially important if you have a garden or buying produce from local gardens. The air and environment may have a elevated lead level creating overall lead exposure.

This session will identify some of the roadblocks to addressing childhood lead exposure in a comprehensive way and provide a few good examples where/how LARC has taken action and achieved quantifiable results. Information on hot spots and zip codes will be presented during the virtual program. 

The panel will discuss why the “evidence and discussion” is important, highlight the latest EPA agenda, and provide information on steps the public sector is taking to help address the overall lead exposure problem.

By attending this session you will: 

  • Relate to why childhood lead poisoning has not been eliminated with the banning of lead in gasoline.
  • Identify some of the current barriers to addressing the sources of lead in soil and water.
  • Be able to cite some of the practical measures that are or can be implemented from a regulatory and best practice approach. 

Don't miss this session. Walk away with steps you can immediately implement in your garden and community.


Moderator: Caswell Evans, DDS, MPH Former Associate Dean for Prevention and Public Health Sciences and Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois, Chicago College of Dentistry Illinois, and Billings Fellow, IOMC

Shirley Conibear, MD, MPH,FACPM - Board-certified physician in Family Medicine and Occupational Medicine, Epidemiologist, and Vice President, The LARC Foundation

Brian Svazas, MD, MPH  Occupational and Environmental Medicine Physician; Board Member, The LARC Foundation, and Fellow, IOMC

Debra Shore, Regional Administrator, Region 5 and Great Lakes National Program Manager, US Environmental Protection Agency

Suggested  Reading

Ritchie, H. Around one-in-three children globally suffer from lead poisoning. What can we do to reduce this? Our World in Data, Jan.25, 2022 

Gupta,S, Srinivasan, G, Ying, Shan-Ching.  Trends & Zipcodes associated with Lead Poisoning in Chicago. What level is safe? American Academy of Pediatrics, May 2018. 

Continuing Education Credit- 1.0 Pending approval*

Questions? Contact the IOMC office by email at iomcstaff@iomc.org. 


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