Policies for the Prevention and Response to Childhood Lead Exposure

Published Date: 
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Resources, Reports, Research

This past Wednesday, the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts, released a new report: 10 Policies to Prevent and Respond to Childhood Lead Exposure. Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), National Center for Healthy Housing, Urban Institute, Altarum Institute, and Child Trends all contributed to the report. The report assesses the risks communities face along with key federal, state, and local solutions. The report outlines probable economic and health benefits from suggested interventions including focusing on older homes with the highest probability of lead hazards and on populations at greatest risk. Priority recommendations include the following:

  • Reduce the amount of lead in drinking water in homes built before 1986 as well as in other places that children frequent,
  • Remove lead paint hazards from buildings built before 1986 that children frequent, including low-income housing;
  • Increase enforcement of the federal renovation, repair, and painting rule.

As part of this project, TFAH also released Recommendations to Prevent and Mitigate the Effects of Lead Poisoning, the first in a series of briefs to help policymakers understand the findings and recommendations.

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