|D.C. Outreach & Education|
Since its inception, CHF has taken consistent and proactive measures to shape policy for Washington area children. CHF serves as a member of the Washington, DC Lead Safe Task Force organized by the National Nursing Centers Consortium’s DC program, Lead Safe DC, and focused on outreach and education to community leaders and elected officials about the dangers associated with lead hazards. Due to the continued efforts of the CHF and community, in December 2008, the DC City Council ushered in a new era in the District’s commitment to the health and welfare of its children with the passage of the Lead Hazard Prevention and Elimination Amendment Act of 2008. This dramatic, ground-breaking and far-reaching piece of legislation will radically improve the city’s response to children with elevated blood lead levels and take pragmatic steps towards prevention.
12/18/08: Washington Times: D.C.'s Tougher Lead Poisoning Bill Hailed
In addition, CHF serves as a member of several committees, and coalitions focused on environmental health issues in Washington, DC, and plays a major role in advocating for children’s health in the city and educating community members on the importance of prevention.
CHF works with The Coalition for Environmentally Safe Communities to host a series of Community Healthy Homes Forums whereby community organizations work collectively with other agencies both public and private, to improve the environmental health and quality of life in the District of Columbia. Through a series of workshops and plenary sessions, children and families learn ways in which they can live healthier and more proactive lives, thwarting the continuation of preventable diseases that are prevalent in the community. Several notable speakers have participated in past forums, including Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton. Topics include: lead safe work practices, DC legislation, asthma, green living, healthy homes, and pest management.
Each year, CHF works with the District of Columbia Department of the Environment and a series of other government agencies and community organizations to host a series of educational events in celebration of National Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. In 2007, CHF hosted a lead poisoning awareness fair in collaboration with the Department of Health and Angie’s List, a web-based consumer network. The organizations and agencies involved worked to educate parents on common lead hazards, and community resources available to them.
In 2008, CHF continued its participation in National Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Week by participating in several community events, including: a hardware store campaign to educate contractors and homeowners about the risks of lead hazards; a street fair where residents were given the opportunity to learn about a variety of health and housing issues and test their children for elevated levels of lead in their blood; and a symposium on lead, crime and healthy housing. The events were well-attended and provided CHF with the opportunity to continue its mission of working to educate the public on the importance of proactive and pragmatic ways to prevent childhood lead poisoning.
Click here to view the flyer from 2008 National Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention WeekClick Here to View the Calendar from 2009 National Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Week
Due to the great accomplishments in 2008 and 2009, CHF will again be organizing and participating in National Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Week in 2010. Click here to view the flyer for 2010 National Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Week
Click here to view the 2010 flyer for the October 30th Community Health Fair