NANCY L. ROTHMAN

NANCY L. ROTHMAN |Clyto Access

Interim Chair, Department of Nursing, College of Public Health, Temple University, Philadelphia, USA

Organizing Committee Member

Expertise: Nursing

Biography:

Presentation:

Title: REVISITING TWENTY PLUS YEARS OF ADDRESSING PRIMARY PREVENTION OF LEAD EXPOSURE

Abstract:

Lead exposure in young children can lead to neuropsychological impairment. In 1996 as the Principal Investigator on Lead Awareness: North Philly Style, a National Institute of Nursing Research funded R18 at $894,885, Nancy L. Rothman began her quest to address the need to screen blood lead levels and remove the exposure of children to lead in their environment. The quest continued through numerous funded projects: Lead Safe Babies, the Philadelphia Lead Safe Homes Study, Healthy Homes and, most recently, Safe and Healthy Homes, with funding from CDC, HUD, the City of Philadelphia, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Each of these programs positively impacted caregiver understanding of the impact of lead exposure for children and how to lessen that exposure. However, without removing the lead in the environment, exposure continues to cause children to have a life time of neuropsychological impairment. Understanding the cost of having children exposed to lead live with neuropsychological impairment and comparing that cost with the cost of eliminating lead from the environment can potentially help to garner funds toward that end. The objectives, methods and outcomes of each of the primary prevention programs addressing lead exposure will be shared, as well as the cost of a lifetime of neuropsychological impairment and the cost of removing lead from the environment.

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