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Toledo Lead Poisoning Prevention Coalition & Fostering Healthy Communities

Join the Toledo Lead Poisoning Prevention Coalition and physician members of Fostering Healthy Communities for a news conference on the medical implications of lead exposure on children, scheduled for Monday, August 1, 2016 at 12:15 p.m. in the Center for Equal Justice, located at 525 Jefferson Ave. in downtown Toledo (ABLE offices).

Fostering Healthy Communities is a collaboration among ProMedica, Mercy Health, and the University of Toledo Medical Center. Speaking on behalf of the collaboration are Dr. Ziad Jaara, a pediatrician with ProMedica Toledo Children's Hospital, who will provide an overview on the negative health effects of lead exposure, followed by Dr. Ateeq Haseeb, a pediatric neurologist with Mercy Children's Hospital, who will discuss the negative and irreversible effects of lead exposure from a neurological standpoint, and Dr. Kristopher Brickman, a professor and chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Toledo College of Medicine, who will discuss prevention of lead poisoning and why it is important to view it as a serious health risk. In addition, Toledo resident Rosa-Linda Demore-Brown will tell her story on working to create a lead-safe environment in her home for her great-grandson.

A proposed Lead Safe Residential Rental Unit Ordinance will be voted on by Toledo City Council on Tuesday, August 2 at 4:00 p.m. in Council Chambers, One Government Center.

Toledo is second only to Cleveland in the percentage of children who are being lead poisoned in Ohio. The purpose of the Toledo Lead Poisoning Prevention Coalition is to ensure the City of Toledo adopts a proactive and preventive policy in order to stop lead poisoning before it occurs. This is exactly what the Lead Safe Residential Rental Unit Ordinance will accomplish and why the Toledo Lead Poisoning Prevention Coalition, and our community partners, urge Toledo City Council to adopt the proposed lead ordinance.

For additional information, contact Patricia J. Robb, ABLE Communications Director, at 419-930-2517 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . ABLE is a member of the Toledo Lead Poisoning Prevention Coalition.