Beyond Flint- The Crisis of Lead in Older Housing (and what we can do about it!). Click on the link below to access the presentation slides on the effects of lead on children, the problem of environmental lead in NJ, and proposed solutions for housing and education. Additional resources are provided and may be helpful for community-based organizations, government decision-makers, community activists, school officials, health care workers, teachers, parents, and concerned citizens who want to learn more about what we can do about the crisis of lead in older housing.
Presented by: Elyse Pivnick, Isles Director of Environmental Health, and Peter Rose, Isles Managing Director
With funding from the PSEG Foundation, the Fund for New Jersey, NJ Department of Health, NJ Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities
- Comprehensive Lead Packet – NJ lead levels, NJ Strategic Plan for Healthy Housing, and Center for Healthy Housing BluePrint for Action
- Lead Exposure and Racial Disparities in Test Scores – A.Aizer, J. Currie, P. Simon, and P.Vivier
- Educational Interventions for Children Affected by Lead – Department of Health and Human Services
- Childhood Lead Poisoning FAQ
Isles has been engaged in environmental health and policy work since 1999.Earlier this year, Isles released data that showed almost a dozen jurisdictions in NJ with higher incidences of children affected by lead, as compared to Flint, MI. Since then, the news has caught the attention of the entire nation on the widespread crisis of lead poisoning–in water, in schools, and in homes. Click here for a summary of lead news.
Elyse Pivnick, Isles Director of Environmental Health, has over 25 years of experience in managing environmental health projects in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. In 1999, she created Isles’ Environmental Health Initiative with funds from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The program has since grown to address a broad range of challenges such as lead poisoning, asthma, pest management, healthy schools, open space needs, exercise, and nutrition. Ms. Pivnick is a certified trainer for the Healthy Homes for Community Health Worker course, has written extensively on lead and health issues, and has testified on behalf of legislative changes to support lead safety and community health. Ms. Pivnick is a board member of the National Center for Healthy Housing. She has a Masters Degree in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.
Peter Rose, Managing Director for Isles Center for Energy and Environmental Training, joined Isles in August of 2006 after his most recent work as Program Manager for Microenterprise Development for MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development Associates) where he supported the replication of the ASSETS Plus+ microbusiness development model in new across the United States and Canada. In 1995, as the Founder and Executive Director of the Washington Community Alliance for Self-Help (Washington CASH), he created an award-winning, comprehensive microbusiness development organization for low-income women, people with disabilities and other economically disadvantaged groups — from the ground up. At the time of his departure, its peer lending program had started more than 500 businesses and made more than $500,000 in small loans (the majority less than $1,000) to people with very low incomes and achieved a 98% repayment rate. Prior to starting Washington CASH, Mr. Rose was the Managing Director of RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund, the organizing agency for the Microcredit Summit — a 9-year coordinated effort to bring microcredit to 100 million of the world’s poorest families by 2005. He has a B.A. from Evergreen State College and a teaching certificate from the University of Puget Sound.