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Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

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Multiple Locations

Each year the District participates in Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. We encourage individuals and organizations to join this effort to raise awareness among District residents about the need to detect and prevent exposure to lead.

Lead poisoning remains a serious health concern in the District, and children under six years of age are most at risk. Children exposed to lead-contaminated paint, dust, soil, or water may suffer problems with learning, behavior, and growth that can’t be reversed.

What’s the good news? Lead poisoning is preventable. Read more in the Lead Poisoning Prevention Week Tool Kit available in six additional languages attached at the bottom of this page.

Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention in the District

Upcoming Events:

Register for District events at:

Past Events:

Monday, October 25, 2021

HUD’s National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW) Webinar Series
Join HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes for its NLPPW Webinar Series:

  • Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule–Contractors (11:00 am–noon)
  • A New Day Has Come: One Coalition’s Approach to Transforming Policies, Systems, and Community Investments to Prevent Lead Exposure At-Scale (2:15 pm–4:00 pm)

GHHI’s Town Hall on Lead & Healthy Homes Advocacy (3:30 pm–4:30 pm)

Join this Town Hall hosted by the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative to update lead and healthy homes advocates around the country about the status of federal funding for lead hazard control and healthy housing programs.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

National Center for Healthy Housing’s fifth annual Twitter chat (3:00 pm to 4:00 pm)
Join the National Center for Healthy Housing’s Twitter chat (#NLPPWchat) during National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (#NLPPW2021) to spread awareness and exchange insights on effective lead hazard control tools, strategies, practices, and policies.

HUD’s National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW) Webinar Series
Join HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes for its NLPPW Webinar Series:

  • Launching a New State Lead Exposure Prevention Program (11:00 am–noon)
  • Creative Uses of SCHIP Funds in Tackling Lead Poisoning Prevention- A Close Up from Michigan and Ohio (2:15 pm–3:30 pm)

GHHI’s Innovative Partnerships Driving Lead Poisoning Prevention (11:00 am–noon)

Join the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative for this webinar to learn about newly emerging partnership models that are yielding strategic investments in lead poisoning prevention and healthy housing.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

DOEE’s Lead Reduction Program (11:00 am–noon)
Lead is invisible to the naked eye and has no smell. Not sure if your home has lead based paint? If you have a home built before 1978 and are income eligible, your household may be eligible to participate in the Lead Reduction Program. Attend this webinar to receive more information about the Lead Reduction Program and speak with DOEE directly.

CDC’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (1:00 pm–2:00 pm)

CDC’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program will commemorate 30 years of working with state and local partners to reduce childhood lead poisoning as a public health problem with a moderated panel discussion featuring state childhood lead poisoning prevention programs and remarks from Dr. Patrick Breysse, Director of NCEH/ATSDR, and Dr. Paul Allwood, Chief of the Lead Poisoning Prevention Surveillance Branch.

HUD’s National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW) Webinar Series
Join HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes for its NLPPW Webinar Series:

  • Successful Outreach to Spanish Speaking Audiences, delivered in both Spanish and English (1:30 pm -2:30 pm)

EPA’s Virtual Lead Awareness Curriculum Train-the-Trainer Sessions and Lead Webinars for Community Members
October 27—November 3, 2021, various times
EPA is offering a two-hour train-the-trainer webinar to learn how to use and modify the Lead Awareness Curriculum for your community and a 90-minute webinar for community members to learn about lead, its impacts, and preventing potential lead exposure.

Thursday, October 28, 2021

DOEE’s Tips and Tools for Creating a Healthy Home (11:00 am–noon)
Did you know that health starts in the home? Some homes have hazards that can affect our health, such as lead. Join DOEE’s Lead-Safe and Healthy Housing Division to learn ways to create a healthier home.

CDC’s Role in Prevention, Education, and Surveillance of Childhood Lead Exposure in the United States (2:00 pm–3:00 pm)
CDC subject matter experts will discuss sources of lead in children’s environments, populations at higher risk, current trends among children in the U.S., prevention strategies, and current initiatives.

Exposición al plomo durante la niñez en los Estados Unidos: el rol de los CDC en la prevención, educación y vigilancia (10:00 am–11:00 am)
Los expertos en la materia de los CDC discutirán las fuentes de plomo en los entornos de los niños, las poblaciones de mayor riesgo, las tendencias actuales entre los niños en los EE. UU., las estrategias de prevención y las iniciativas actuales.

Friday, October 29, 2021

Lead-Safe and Healthy Homes Live! Twitter Chat (11:00 am–noon)
Have all your burning questions been answered during Lead Week? Not sure? Ask an expert at our final event of the week. Follow us on Twitter @DOEE_DC for a live Q&A with DOEE’s Healthy Homes experts!

DOEE’s Lead Filtration for Childcare Facilities (10:00 am–noon)
District law requires “childcare facilities to post a conspicuous sign near each water source at the child development facility that is not a drinking water source, which includes an image that clearly communicates that the water source should not be used for cooking when applicable or consumed.” Join our experts at the Lead-Safe and Healthy Housing Division to learn more about how DOEE is helping childcare facilities use filtration to decrease children’s potential exposure to lead.

GHHI’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Health in all Policies (HiAP) (2:00 pm–3:00 pm)
Join the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative for a look at lead poisoning prevention from a HiAP approach that integrates recommendations and actions across multiple settings to improve health.


Read more in the Lead Poisoning Prevention Week Tool Kit.