Health Policy and Management Research Professor Janet Phoenix, MD, MPH, called upon on her wide-ranging experiences in preventing children’s exposure to lead to help produce an important report aimed at helping spread the word on how to reduce and respond to lead exposures.
The report, 10 Policies to Prevent and Respond to Childhood Lead Exposure, is published by the Pew Charitable Trusts. It presents an assessment of the risks communities face together with solutions for the federal, state, and local levels. Aid from The Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, a national initiative designed to promote the use of health impact assessments (HIAs) as a decision-making tool for policymakers, was key to helping the project move forward.
“I was honored to be invited to participate in this project because of my expertise in lead poisoning prevention. It means so much to me to be able to help ensure that what happened in Michigan will never happen again, and to help the families whose lives have been shattered by the crisis,” says Dr. Phoenix, whose expertise led the U.S. federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to appoint her to its Lead Poisoning Prevention Advisory Committee.