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Lead Poisoning Prevention Summit


Wednesday, September 24, 2014
1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
McMaster Center, Main Branch, Toledo Lucas County Public Library
Michigan Avenue, Downtown Toledo

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE) and Toledoans United for Social Action (TUSA)

Lead poisoning is a very serious public health problem in Toledo.

The City of Toledo has one of the highest rates of childhood lead poisoning in Ohio, ranking second highest to Cleveland for the percentage of children with confirmed elevated blood lead levels in 2012. The dangers posed by lead poisoning for children fall disproportionately on Toledo's low-income and African American populations. The enactment of the proposed Lead Ordinance is a matter of environmental and racial justice.

Our community has an opportunity to take action to significantly reduce the number of children who are being exposed to lead by adopting an ordinance that will require Lead Safe Residential Rental Property. Please consider attending a discussion on the steps necessary to significantly reduce lead poisoning in the City of Toledo.


Support for this program has been generously provided by:


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Impact of Lead Poisoning on Minority and Low Income Communities in Toledo (PDF)

Summit Agenda


Rev. James H. Willis, Sr.
Co-President, TUSA; Senior Pastor, St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church

Welcome and Introductions:

Marcia Dinkins
Executive Director TUSA (Summit Facilitator)

Rev. Dennis G. Payne II
Co-President, TUSA; Pastor, Monroe Street United Methodist Church

Aneel Chablani
Advocacy Director, Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc.

"Toxicology of Lead Poisoning, Especially in Young Children."

Lt. Col. Dr. Glenn Burns
Medical Toxicology Fellow, The Ohio State University/Nationwide Children's Hospital; President at Medical Toxicology Fellows-in-Training Association; Commander, Emergency Services Flight at United States Air Force

"Economic Impact Analysis of the Cost Associated with Lead Poisoning."

Tracy Swinburn, MSc
Research Specialist, University of Michigan School of Public Health Risk Science Center

"Neuropsychological Effects of Lead Poisoning on Child Development."

Ziad Jaara, MD
ProMedica Center for Health Services, Pediatric Clinic

"Statistical Analysis and Mapping of the instances, degree, and location of Lead Poisoning in the City of Toledo and estimates of the actual number and locations of children being lead poisoned."

David L. Norris
Senior Researcher, The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, The Ohio State University

"The Racial Impact of Lead Poisoning on Minority and Low Income Communities in the City of Toledo."

Charles W. Noble III, MCP, JD
Legal Policy Analyst, The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, The Ohio State University

Kwame Christian
Legal Analyst, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, The Ohio State University

Break (15 minutes)

"Toledo's Proposed Lead Poisoning Prevention Ordinance."

Robert A. Cole
Attorney at Law, Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE)

"Cost Analysis of Compliance with the Lead Poisoning Prevention Ordinance."

Jonathan Wilson, MPP
Deputy Director, National Center for Health Housing; formerly director of the Co-Op Housing for Worcester Common Ground (Video Conference)

Questions from the Audience

Closing Remarks:

Robert G. Birt, Jr.
Senior Minister, Glass City Church of Christ