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Understanding Lead Poisoning in Baltimore and Maryland

  • MedChi, Baltimore 1211 Cathedral Street Baltimore, MD, 21201 United States (map)

This workshop, the first of two, will explore recent advances in understanding the effects of low-level lead exposure on children and discuss why we must continually work to lower blood-lead levels in children. It will examine the latest CSA-level and census-level data on blood-lead levels in children in Maryland, and what we know and don't know about routes of lead exposure in children in Baltimore, including lead paint, water, air emissions, legacy soil contamination and emerging issues of unexpected lead contamination.

The first workshop will examine the latest science on the toxicity of lead, with an emphasis on the developmental effects on children and implications in later life. Participants will learn about current policies and programs for medical and environmental interventions in Maryland and Baltimore, and have an opportunity to discuss what is known about sources and routes of exposure and blood lead levels in children. Participants and speakers will help identify information, data and knowledge gaps in current surveillance and intervention efforts.

SCHEDULE (with links to presentations)

5:45-6:30 p.m. Light Dinner and Social

6:30-6:35 p.m. Welcoming Remarks: Gwen DuBois, MD, MPH, Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility

6:35-6:50 p.m. Lead Health Issues in Children Maria Brown, MD, FAAP, Vice-President, Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

6:50-7:25 p.m. Understanding Sourc­­es and Routes of Exposure and Blood Lead Levels in Children Pat McLaine, DrPh, MPH, RN, Director, Community/Public Health Nursing Specialty, Assistant Professor, Univers­­ity of Maryland School of Nursing 

7:25-8:00 p.m. Current Policies and Programs on Health and Medical Interventions
Cliff Mitchell, MD, MPH, Director, Environmental Health Coordination and Preventive Medicine/Public Health Residency Programs, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

8:00-8:30 p.m. Group Discussion and Next Steps

Printable PDF version of agenda. 

RSVP or questions? Contact Tim Whitehouse:, (240) 246-4492

The second workshop, on November 10, 2016 will focus on lead and public policy, specifically how to reduce lead exposure in children as well as where children fall through the cracks, and to discuss proposed legislative, regulatory and policy options to improve surveillance, intervention and remediation efforts.

Sponsored by Chesapeake PSR; American Academy of Pediatrics, Maryland; Sierra Club, Maryland Chapter; Maryland Environmental Health Network; and Maryland PIRG.

Photo: U.S. EPA