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DHHS Recognizes National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week
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Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
Publish Date:
October 18, 2013

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Public Health Services (DPHS), Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (HHLPPP) in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, NH Charitable Foundation, NH Housing Authority Lead Program and private corporate sponsors is recognizing National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week October 20–26, 2013. The goal of this initiative is to increase awareness of childhood lead poisoning prevention.

“Lead exposure often occurs with no obvious symptoms so it frequently goes unrecognized,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS. “A key to stopping lead poisoning in children is for parents to have their homes tested, have their children tested, and learn how to prevent lead poisoning’s serious health effects.”

Scheduled events for the week include FREE toy and blood lead testing, FREE lead test kits, and a special engagement preview screening of the documentary feature film, MisLEAD: America’s Secret Epidemic. This film is a rigorous, emotionally compelling expose of a hidden epidemic that impacts one in three American children today. Tamara Rubin, an Oregon mother whose sons were poisoned, travels the country meeting with experts and other parents of poisoned children—looking for answers.

The Kick-Off Event of Lead Awareness Week is scheduled for Monday, October 21st from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on the State House Lawn in Concord. This event will include FREE blood testing and toy testing and is open to the public. The press is invited to attend to meet and interview Tamara Rubin, the producer of the documentary film. The Governor’s statement proclaiming Lead Awareness Week will be read at 10:30 am in front of the Statehouse.

The culminating event for the week will be held on Wednesday, October 23rd at the Red River Theatre in Concord—the showing of the documentary film, MisLEAD: America’s Secret Epidemic. This documentary film will be shown at 10:30 am and again at 6:00 pm. Before the film the public is invited to share in refreshments and networking with lead professionals in the lobby of the theatre, and after the film, there will be a panel discussion where questions can be posed to local and national lead experts. Tickets are $10.00, but the purchase price is refundable after the viewing of the film. Doctors, Nurses, Community Health Educators and Child Care Workers can obtain continuing education units for attending the film and panel discussion by contacting eccp14@gmail.com. To purchase tickets contact the Red River Theatre at 603-224-4600 or www.redrivertheatres.org.

At the 10:30 am showing there will also be a separate screening room for short lead films suitable for children, such as Environmental Protection Agency funded “Mother Bear” and “Little Moccasins.”

For more information about lead poisoning prevention, visit the DHHS website at www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/bchs/clpp/index.htm or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead.

 
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