This work describes a demonstration/research project to implement and evaluate community-developed, community-based strategies that address childhood lead poisoning. The project will increase knowledge of childhood lead poisoning as an environmental health risk, as well as hazard, exposure, and outcome surveillance for lead as an environmental agent. At the end of the second year of this study the data indicate increased knowledge about lead poisoning and that more children are being tested for lead poisoning in the experimental census tracts (CTs), when compared with the control CTs, with lower lead levels.
Independence Foundation Professor of Urban Community Nursing, Department of Nursing, College of Allied Health Professions (Rothman)
Assistant Professor, Department of Nursing, College of Allied Health Professions (Lourie)
Biostatistician, Department of Biostatistics, School of Medicine, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Gaughan)
Coordinator, Congregational Nursing Program, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (White)
The authors wish to recognize the National Institute for Nursing Research, which is funding this project, and the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences, which initiated the call for community-based research proposals. In addition, the authors want to acknowledge the consultants on the grant: Edward Thomas, University City Science Center; Lester Levin, MS, Temple University and University City Science Center; Sally Hammerman, MSN, of The Village of the Arts and Humanities; and Richard Tobin, MS, and Peter Palermo, MS, of the Lead Poisoning Prevention Program of the Philadelphia Department of Health. In addition, we wish to thank Diane Gass, Tenant Council President for Norris Homes and Apartments, and Annette Dyer, Tenant Council President for Fairhill Apartments, who joined us as grant team members, as well as all of our community partners: Philadelphia Parent Child Center, Neighborhood Action Bureau, and the Salvation Army.