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Collaborating for Primary Prevention: Rochester's New Lead Law

Korfmacher, Katrina Smith PhD

Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: July-August 2008 - Volume 14 - Issue 4 - p 400–406
doi: 10.1097/01.PHH.0000324570.95404.84

In December 2005, the City Council of Rochester, New York, passed an amendment to its municipal code requiring inspection for and correction of lead hazards. Local lead poisoning prevention advocates had long recognized the need for stronger lead policy to address Rochester's high rate of childhood lead poisoning. Between 2000 and 2005, a diverse coalition of educators, healthcare professionals, community members, researchers, government officials, and many others worked to develop a strategy for ending childhood lead poisoning in Rochester by 2010. Their experience in defining the issue, mustering resources, and structuring their decision-making processes is informative for other communities seeking to overcome barriers to improved primary prevention policy.

This study focuses on the strategy to end childhood lead poisoning in Rochester by 2010. The experience in defining the issue, mustering resources, and structuring the decision-making process can be utilized for other communities.

Katrina Smith Korfmacher, PhD, is a Research Assistant Professor and Community Outreach Coordinator in the Environmental Health Sciences Center of the University of Rochester. She holds an MS and PhD in Environmental Studies from Duke University. As Community Outreach Coordinator, she provides a link between environmental health research and the information needs of the community. She is coauthor of a 2004 book, Collaborative Environmental Management: What roles for Government?, as well as numerous peer-reviewed articles.

Corresponding Author: Katrina Smith Korfmacher, PhD, Environmental Health Sciences Center, 601 Elmwood Ave, Box EHSC, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY 14642 (

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