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Friday, April 6 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
FR3.30.08 Childhood Lead Poisoning in Milwaukee

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More than 4000 children are identified with lead poisoning in Wisconsin each year. Although many counties in Wisconsin identify children with lead poisoning each year, there are a few counties that carry this burden the most. From the 2014 Wisconsin Health department lead report, the prevalence of lead poisoning was 8.6% in Milwaukee as compared to the State rate of 4.5%. While lead poisoning has steadily declined in Wisconsin , there is still a significant increase in the number of children with high lead levels in Milwaukee. Children exposed to lead perform poorly in academics and tend to have lower IQs and behavioral issues. such as aggression, anxiety, impulsivity and antisocial behavior compared to their peers.There are many risk factors for lead poisoning such as living in a home built prior to 1950, the age of the child (usually under 6 years old), race/ethnicity and the socio economic status of the family. According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, about 90% of all children identified with lead poisoning during the first lead screening in 1996, lived in homes built before 1950 and were 6.4 times more likely to be lead poisoned. An existing solution to combat lead effects in children are lead testing programs that identify and provide learning interventions for affected children. A secondary intervention that is vital at the population level is identifying "pockets of risks" which are neighborhoods with two or more risk factors and implementing lead-safe neighborhood regulations.


Fauzia Osman, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


Friday April 6, 2018 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Provincial Ballroom (2nd Floor)