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2014 National Conference Photo Collection and National Call to Action Memorandum:

  • FEA presented in Washington, D.C on February 11, 2014. - (Congressional
    Leader (The Honorable Rosa DeLauro and The Honorable Toni N. Harp, Mayor, New Haven, CT ) are
    honored for their dedicated service to Eliminate Early Childhood Lead Poisoning) - LINK>>
  • 2014 National Call to Action Memorandum to the U.S. Department of Education (DOE). Now, for the
    first time, DOE will address this national concern - LINK>>
 
     
 

2014 Lead Awareness and Management Challenge (LAMC) for School District and School

Leadership Team Training The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) in collaboration with the Connecticut State Department of Public Health (DPH) is offering a funding opportunity to support the participation of leadership teams from public and private non-profit schools and daycare centers to attend a workshop on lead poisoning prevention and intervention for educators. Through stimulating presentations and action-oriented activities school and daycare teams will learn up-to-date research related to the effects of lead exposure on child development and learning, school district and daycare responsibilities in identifying and intervening with students who have a history of lead poisoning, and resources available for training other school/daycare personnel.

The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention and Management Professional Development Program will take place on April 9, 2014 in Cromwell at the Crowne Plaza Hotel for leadership teams from schools throughout CT. The deadline for applying is Friday, March 28.

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Any questions, contact Stephanie Knutson (CSDE) (860) 807-2108 or Stephanie.Knutson@ct.gov

 
     
  2012  
     
   
     
 
2012 Legislative Informational Forum 
A CALL TO ACTION to Eliminate a Preventable Contributor to the Achievement Gap:
Childhood Lead Poisoning
 
Be a part of changing history to eliminate a preventable contributor to the Achievement Gap!   JOIN national researchers and experts, parents, state legislators, congressional leaders, educators, health professionals, labor unions, civil rights leaders, state agencies and commissions  at the 2012 CALL TO ACTION Legislative Forum.
 
Where:   Connecticut State Legislative Office Building - Room 2C
When:    March 7, 2012
Time:     9:00am to 2:00pm 
 
 
CLINK ON LINKS BELOW TO VIEW OR DOWN LOAD FORUM FLYER AND REGISTRATION FORM:
 

Registration Form 

We look forward to your participation at this historic legislative forum that includes congressional supporters, CT State Legislative Public Health, Environment, Judiciary, Education, Human Services, Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committees. In addition, representative(s) from the National Council of State Legislators,  the Black and Hispanic Caucus, CT Congressional Delegation, The Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission, the the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities and other commissions, agencies and community based organizations. (refer to flyer).
 
As an update, historic, landmark Achievement Gap research has been conducted in CT by Duke University - Children's Environmental Health Initiative that links early childhood lead exposure to the achievement gap.  This study was a research partnership between both the CT Dept of Education and CT Dept of Public Health.
 
Listed below are the links to the CT Department of Education Letter announcing the results to Superintendents, etc.  We have also included a web link to the actual PHASE I of the Duke Study that Links Early Childhood Lead Exposure to CT's Achievement Gap.
 
 
 

UPDATE: Results Based Accountability (RBA) Report Card on Compliance with State Law for Universal Blood Lead Screening for Children Under Age 5 by Medical Providers

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  CONTACT INFORMATION:  
  For more information you may reach the following:  
  Elizabeth Nkonoki-Ward via email: nkonokiwarde@hotmail.com, or telephone @ (860) 462-7401  
  Dr. Vivian Cross via email: vac2007@columbia.edu or telephone @ (860) 214-6472 or (860) 658-2597 or  
  National Contact: Caroline Grossman via email:  caroline.grossman@gmail.com, or via Office telephone at (781).893-6758,  Cell (781) 771-5579 ,  or via  -  FAX at  (781) 373-1111   
     
  2011  
  Commissioner for the Connecticut State Department of Education Updates Superintendents, Directors of Special Education, Nurse Supervisors and School Medical Advisors about new CT Research on the impact of early childhood lead exposure on educational test performance among CT school children. CT SDE will Develop Guidelines and Offer Statewide Training.

  1. Click here to view State-wide State Department of Education Letter from Acting Commissioner George Coleman

  2. Click here to view PHASE I Report of the CT State Department of Education, CT Department of Public Health and Duke University RESEARCH REPORT

Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) will develop Guidelines by January 2012 to inform practice within the school districts in 1) Lead Prevention; 2) early identification of students exposed and affected by lead; and 3) Educational programming in response to lead exposure in order to address existing or potential deficits.

Below are the two On-Line Courses that CSDE recommends as training resources:

COURSE # 1: The Health Education Lead Poisoning (H.E.L.P.) CEU Series provides educators, health professional, social services professionals and early childhood providers with research based training from nationally renowned presenters that focuses on the neurological, developmental, educational and social impact of childhood lead poisoning. This course was developed in collaboration with the Connecticut Department of Public Health, Central CT State University, CT Network,Foundation for Educational Advancement, Inc., CT State Department of Public Health, City of Hartford, CT Health Foundation, F.G.I. Church Media Dept, Moving Pictures, Inc., Central CT State University, TRAIN.Org., New Britain School District, William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund and Dwain Starks, Multi-Media Specialist.

The H.E.L.P. Continuing Education On-Line Course is available at the following locations:

  1. Department of Public Health's Web site (http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3140&q=387550&dphNav_GID=1828)
  2. National Public Health - Train Organization's Web site and Connecticut TRAIN at: (www.train.org)
  3. The Foundation for Educational Advancement's website (http://www.feact.org/feacttraining.html) or (http://feact.org/training/help.html).

COURSE # 2: "Lead Poisoning Limited the Ability to Learn", is an awareness training course for educators regarding lead poisoning in children. This course was developed for the Lead Action for Medicaid Primary Prevention (LAMPP) project by the University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension System Healthy Environments for Children Initiative and is available on the Connecticut Children's Medical Center's Web site at: http://www.connecticutchildrens.org/body_dept.cfm?id=1483

 
  2011 Annual Meeting to Eradicate Lead Poisoning (Date Recorded: May 5, 2011)
Statewide Health and Education Meeting Presents Historic Landmark Duke University http://www.nicholas.duke.edu/cehi/about/news/leadct.htm

2011 DUKE UNIVERSITY ACHIEVEMENT GAP STUDY: Boston Herald/The Associated Press (5/18/2011) Data on 35,000 Connecticut children indicate that children who were exposed to lead before age 7 had poorer performance in reading and math tests in the fourth grade compared with those who weren't exposed to the metal, with higher exposure corresponding to lower test scores. The chance of having been exposed to lead from sources such as paint residue and dust was much higher among blacks than whites, the study found.
 
  2011 Call to Action National Next Steps Planning Meeting
Click here to view historical overview
 
     
  2010  
  2010 Bridgeport Health Education Lead Poisoning Initiative

With lead poisoning being listed by the Centers for Disease Control as the most common and devastating environmental health disease affecting young children, Bridgeport, CT educators, broke new grounds in community-wide, environmental intervention efforts during the 2010 school year. Approximately 300 Bridgeport educators, health professionals, administrators, students and parents participated.

Through the collaborative partnership of School Administration, the Bridgeport Public Health Department and the Foundation for Educational Advancement, Inc. (FEA), the Bridgeport Public Schools launched the first pre-school early childhood program for lead poisoned children in the state of Connecticut that includes a cognitive early intervention component with a blended national on-line course series that features internationally renowned researchers.

CLICK HERE VIEW THE SUMMARY AND SURVEY RESULTS OF THE 2010 BRIDGEPORT, CT H.E.L.P. Initiative
 
     
 

2010 URBAN ISSUES FORUM (a Non-Partisan Event)
Closing the Racial and Ethnic Disparity Gap: Pursuing Results Based Accountability in Health, Education, Social Justice and the Political / Election Process

WHEN: April 24, 2010
WHERE: Legislative Office Building, 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106
TIME: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (EST)

SUCCESSFUL OUTCOMES: SUMMARY REPORT WITH PHOTO COLLECTION AND SURVEY RESULTS

This historic state-wide non-partisan forum was a collaborative event that included the following fourteen Connecticut Organizations and Agencies: 1) The CT Health Foundation, Inc., 2) Foundation for Educational Advancement, Inc., 3) The State of CT Office of Protection and Advocacy, 4) The State of CT Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission, 5) Black and Latino Caucus, 6) African American Affairs Commission, 7) African Caribbean American Parents with Children with Disabilities (AFCAMP), 8) Sojourner Women’s Political Institute, 9) CT Federation of Black Democratic Clubs, 10) CT Commission on Health Equity, 11) The Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, 12) CT State Branches of the NAACP, 13) Connecticut Commission on Children and 12) The YMCA Hartford Regional Office. It strategically offered U.S. Congressional Elected Officials, CT State Constitutional Elected Officials, CT State Elected Officials, CT State Candidates running for office, Urban Issues Experts and State Agency Leaders the platform and opportunity to meet “face to face” with concerned citizens for an “interactive dialogue session” on issues affecting communities throughout CT.

Patricia Baker, President and CEO of the Connecticut Health Foundation, Inc. was the Forum moderator.
The 2010 Urban Issues Forum included participants from 26 Connecticut towns, U.S. Congressional and
Connecticut Constitutional political leaders and candidates for elected office. The public and members of the
press were encouraged to participate by asking CT’s current and future political leaders important questions
about their strategies for improving conditions in CT’s urban centers.

Click here for more information

 
     
  BRIDGEPORT PRE-K Health Education Lead Poisoning Initiative - Training for Early Childhood Pre-K and Birth to Three Educators

Video coverage of this event is listed below.

2010 Bridgeport Health Education Lead Poisoning (H.E.L.P.) Initiative

Bridgeport Teachers, Nurses, Administrators and Parents are Educated about Impact of Childhood Lead Poisoning on Children's Learning and Behavior

Renowned national experts and researchers, as well as, state and local officials provided Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention and Awareness Training for School Educators, Health Professionals, Students and the Community at Large as part of a state funded iniatiive to improve the quality of health and education for Bridgeport's children and families.

 
     
2009
Early Childhood Health Education Lead Poisoning (H.E.L.P.) Legislative Informational Forum 
WHEN: November 19, 2009
WHERE: Connecticut State Legislative Office Building, Room 2C
300 Capitol Avenue Hartford, Connecticut
TIME: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (EST)
The 2009 Legislative Forum presenters included nationally renowned researchers & experts and a panel of health/education specialists. Click here to view the Forum Summary and Participant Evaluation Results
Sponsored by:
Senator Toni Harp, Deputy President Pro Tempore of the Senate & Representative Andrew Fleischmann, Chair of the Education Committee
 
 
  1. 2009 EARLY CHILDHOOD HEALTH EDUCATION LEAD POISONING LEGISLATIVE INFORMATIONAL FORUM - MORNING SESSION (11/19/2009)
 
 
  1. 2009 EARLY CHILDHOOD HEALTH EDUCATION LEAD POISONING LEGISLATIVE INFORMATIONAL FORUM - AFTERNOON SESSION (11/19/2009)
    This forum includes presentations on the educational, developmental and behavioral implications of childhood lead poisoning, as well as, presentations on educational programs that provide early intervention for lead exposed / poisoned children.  This Legislative Informational Forum is a joint effort by sponsoring state legislators, state commissions, state agencies and organizations for the purpose of improving the quality of health and education for CT's children, youth and families.
 
     
  2008  
 
  1. CONNECTICUT'S GOVERNOR RELL'S BILL SIGNING CEREMONY FOR CHILD PRODUCT SAFETY ACT (7/10/2008)
 
 
  1. 2008 LEAD POISONING COMMUNITY & PARENT INFORMATIONAL FORUM (5/22/2008)
    Part of an ongoing effort to focus attention on the impact of early childhood lead exposure, this forum includes community awards, as well as a review of a new mandatory lead screening law and presentations on lead abatement procedures and dangers
 
 
  1. LEAD POISONING PREVENTION CONFERENCE FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS & EDUCATORS (1/31/2008)
    Keynote forum presenters included:
    1. Dr. Marie Lynn Miranda, Research Professor of Environmental Sciences & Policy - Director of the Children's Environmental Health Initiative at Duke University. Dr. Miranda's is the lead author of the Landmark Research Study Entitled: "The Relationship between Early Childhood Blood Lead Levels and Performance on End-of-Grade Tests"
    2. Dr. James Comer, Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine's Child Study Center and founder of the Comer School Development Program. Dr. Comer is internationally renowned for his promotion and focus on child development as a way of improving schools and supporting the healthy development of young people.

 
     
  2007  
 
  1. LEAD POISONING PREVENTION AND CONTROL PROGRAM SEMIANNUAL MEETING (10/24/2007)
 
 
  1. CAPITOL NEWS BRIEFING WITH HOUSE SPEAKER ON LEAD POISONING PREVENTION LEGISLATION (5/31/2007)
 
 
  1. LEGISLATIVE INFORMATIONAL FORUM ON LEAD POISONING (3/14/2007)
    Forum presenters:
    1. David Bellinger, Ph.D., M.Sc. -  Professor of Neurology - Harvard Medical School and Professor of Environmental Health - Harvard School of Public Health
    2. Attorney Howard Klebanoff, Legal Expert on Special Education Law
    3. Bruce P. Lanphear MD, MPH, Director of the Cincinnati Children's Environmental Health Center and Professor of Pediatrics and Environmental Health 
    4. Dr. John F. Rosen,  Professor of Pediatrics - Head of the Division of Environmental Sciences - The Children’s Hospital of Montefiore -  The Albert Einstein College of Medicine -  N.Y., N.Y.    
    5. Connie Thomas, Consultant and Specialist - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Lead Poisoning Prevention Program            
    6. Dr. Theodore Lidsky - Head of the Laboratory of Electrophysiology; Director of the
      Center of Trace Element Studies and Environmental Neurotoxicology  Thomas
      Jefferson University School of Medicine, Department of Neurology, Adjunct Professor
    7. Jay Schneider, Ph.D., Professor of Pathology, Anatomy and Cell Biology and Neurology Jefferson Medical College -  Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    8. Neil Kelly, Assistant Attorney General for the State of Rhode Island
 
 


 
2006
  1. EDUCATIONAL IMPLICATIONS OF CHILDHOOD LEAD POISONING CONFERENCE AT  THE LEGISLATIVE OFFICE BUILDING (5/9/2006)
    Presenters included the Following Nationally Renowned Researchers and Experts, State and Local Representatives:
    1. Dr. Herbert Needleman, Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
    2. Dr. John F. Rosen,  Professor of Pediatrics - Head of the Division of Environmental Sciences - The Children’s Hospital of Montefiore -  The Albert Einstein College of Medicine -  N.Y., N.Y.
 
2005
  1. ENDING LEAD POISONING FORUM AT THE LEGISLATIVE OFFICE BUILDING (11/17/2005)
    The 2005 Legislative Roundtable is the historic event that launched the Health Education Lead Poisoning Initiative in the State of Connecticut that resulted in the passage of major lead legislation to improve the quality of health and education for Connecticut's Children and Families. Multiple state agencies and organizations discuss what they are doing about childhood lead poisoning and how they are or are not working together to address the major environmental health problem of childhood lead poisoning in the state of Connecticut.  Participating Connecticut  Agencies and Organizations include: 1) Connecticut State Department of Public Health;  2)  Connecticut State Department of Education;  3)  Connecticut State Department of Social Services;  4)  Connecticut State Department of Mental Retardation (Currently renamed in 2007, Department of Developmental Disabilities) Birth to Three System;  5) Connecticut Health Foundation; 6) Yale Regional Lead Program; 7) Foundation for Educational Advancement, Inc. Center for Urban Research, Education and Training, Inc. 8) Connecticut's Children's Medical Center, 9)  LAMPP, 10) Advisory Commission on Multicultural Health; et. al.
 
 
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