The Flint Water crisis put a spotlight on the dangers of childhood lead exposure. Yet two years later, the threat is still pervasive across the state and in the Kalamazoo area.
In fact, Michigan ranks as the 5th worst state for lead poisoning. More than 1 million homes likely contain lead paint. Dozens of water systems continue to use lead pipes.
But relief may be coming. Last year, for instance, the state adopted rules that reduce allowable amounts of lead in drinking water. Record dollars were allocated to remove lead in homes. Meanwhile, Michigan Environmental Council has proposed several new public health policies.
Please join MEC Health Policy Director Tina Reynolds and Julie Fox from Kalamazoo County Lead Poisoning Prevention Program to talk about what’s being done locally and in Lansing to fight lead exposure—and what more should be done.
Admission is free, but space is limited. Brews and food available for purchase!
Join us in the Capitol on March 14 to call for an end to lead poisoning in Michigan.
Lead poisoning is entirely preventable, and ending lead poisoning in Michigan is an achievable goal. It is a top priority for us, and guides our work leading the Michigan Alliance for Lead Safe Homes. Lead Education Day is your chance to let your Representative and Senator know that ending lead poisoning is a top priority for you too.
What to Expect:
- Parents, grandparents, health professionals, teachers and children's advocates will gather in Lansing to meet with lawmakers from across the state. You'll be grouped in teams with experts and educational materials, so you'll have all the support you need. Everyone is welcome!
- Breakfast of coffee & bagels and lunch is provided.
- Agenda and staging area details will be available to those who RSVP.
- Ride sharing from Grand Rapids, Detroit, Ann Arbor and surrounding areas is being coordinated by coalition partners -- RSVP for details.
- The deadline to register is March 6.
Lead Education Day is fun, educational and meaningful!
It is critical that our legislators hear from engaged Michiganders like you. We need you to make this day a success. Together, we can make lead poisoning a history lesson instead of heartbreaking news. Use the form on this page to RSVP today!