Here are helpful tips from our Lead Ed Day training webinar.
What to expect
- 8:30 - 9:00 am -- All participants: Welcome kickoff and Q/A via Zoom webinar
- 9:00 am - 12:00 pm -- Legislative meetings with your team
- 12:00 - 1:00 pm -- All participants: Lunch keynote panels with a parent perspectives conversation followed by a DHHS leaders presentation
- 1:00 - 4:30 pm -- Legislative meetings with your team, then adjourn for the day
We will have fun, and we will reach policymakers!
- Lead is a highly toxic metal and a very strong poison
- Lead poisoning occurs when lead builds up in the body.
- Children younger than 6 years of age are especially vulnerable to lead poisoning
- Lead poisoning can be treated, but any damage caused cannot be reversed.
Lead is a big problem for Michigan
- For both urban and rural areas
- Michigan is among the worst states for rate of lead poisoned kids
- There is a 4-7 point decrease in IQ for every 10 ug/dL increase in blood lead levels
- 21.1% of ADHD cases are associated with elevated blood lead levels
Lead is linked to:
- Hearing loss
- Parkinson’s disease
- Kidney damage
- Reproductive issues
Some new studies show a link to:
- Diabetic kidney disease
- Cardiovascular disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Renal, liver and hematologic impairments
- 70% of Michigan’s housing stock was built before 1978
- Roughly only 20% of children are being tested though
- Testing rates have dropped severely since COVID-19
Lead Education Day
What is Michigan Alliance for Lead Safe Homes?
- Formed in 2010 to end lead poisoning in Michigan
- Statewide coalition of health, housing, environmental, child advocates, parents and others
- Work on state and local level to secure resources and policies to provide education, prevention, testing, and abatement of lead hazards in Michigan
Lead Education Day Talking Points
- Explain Universal Lead Testing for ALL Michigan kids aged 1 & 2.
- Explain why it’s crucial to require a Lead test at sale or transfer of property.
- Explain what Renovation Repair and Painting (RRP) and why Michigan, not our federal government, should run this program.
- Thank our Legislators for their support to end lead poisoning in Michigan.
Your voice makes a difference
- Lead poisoning is a statewide problem that is preventable
- Lead poisoning is solvable and we are making GREAT strides
- Prevention is the only solution for our kids
- Lawmakers need to hear from you to make these changes
- Set up in a quiet place
- Dress professionally
- Be flexible
- You may meet with staff and you may have to wait or shorten meetings
- Introduce yourself and who you represent
- Describe the purpose of your meeting
Make the local connection and speak from experience
- Why does this issue matter to you?
- How does it impact you, your family, your students, clients, patients, etc.?
- Personalize the issue for them
Find out what team you are on on the Participants page.
Find your team schedule on the Teams page
Take a photo (a screen shot) of your team to help us remember the day!
- Apple computers: Tap the Shift, Command and 4 keys together
- Non-Apple computers: Tap the Windows icon and PrtScn keys together
- Phones: Press the Home and Power buttons
- Too tough? If you’re on a computer, use your cell phone to take pic!
New to Zoom? Watch a short video on how to join a meeting.
Looking for a more in-depth explainer? Watch our Lead Ed Day 101 training webinar.