Lead poisoning is still a problem for Indiana children. What is worse is that the health effects are irreversible but the problem is preventable. If a child is not exposed to lead, then they do not get lead poisoning. Even small amounts of lead can cause learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, and decreased intelligence; speech, language, and behavior problems; and IQ scores 4-7 points lower than their peers.
Most sources of lead exposure to children have been dramatically reduced. But we have a legacy that must be addressed - the legacy of deteriorating lead-based paint. And with 10-15 percent of children in some Indiana neighborhoods having elevated blood lead levels, the problem must be addressed. Most of IKE's work has been through the Lead-Safe Indiana Task Force, which it formed in September of 1999.
This video (in two parts), produced by WFYI Productions, tells the story of three Indiana families affected by lead poisoning. Thanks to the Indiana State Department of Health for sponsoring this video. Contact IKE if you'd like a copy of this video on DVD.