Media advisory: Eliminating childhood lead exposure in the United States and beyond 

January 31, 2018

On Thursday, February 8th, at 10:00 am ET, Child Trends will host Dr. Mary Jean Brown, a nationally recognized expert on lead poisoning prevention from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Brown will discuss why lead is still a problem in the United States and how we can work to eliminate childhood lead exposure in the United States and the developing world.

While the United States has come a long way in reducing childhood lead exposure, crises like the one in Flint, Michigan, make it clear that policymakers at all levels of government can and should do more to protect children. The lecture will be followed by a discussion of ways to prevent and respond to lead exposure.

The discussion will focus on the racial equity lens to this critical environmental problem and how different communities across the United States are working to eliminate lead exposure. It will feature Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Senior Policy Officer Dr. Giridhar Mallya, who specializes in public health at the state and local level, and National League of Cities Senior Fellow Anthony Santiago. Dr. Kristin Anderson Moore, senior scholar at Child Trends, will moderate.

The audience will be invited to ask questions after the lecture and discussion.

What: Discussion on childhood lead exposure that builds off new research from The Pew Charitable Trusts, Child Trends, the Altarum Institute, and the Urban Institute

Who: Dr. Mary Jean Brown, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Giridhar Mallya, senior policy officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Anthony Santiago, senior fellow, National League of Cities

Dr. Kristin Anderson Moore, senior scholar, Child Trends

Where: 7315 Wisconsin Ave, Suite 1200W, Bethesda, MD 20814

When: Thursday, February 8th, 2018 at 10:00 am ET


The lecture will also be livestreamed on the Child Trends Facebook page.