Ann Marie Wolf
Communication Specialist, SERI
When was the last time your child got tested for lead poisoning? Your child may not show any noticeable symptoms of lead poisoning but once they are exposed to lead it cannot be reversed. A child can be exposed to lead in their home environment within paint, soil, consumer products, foods, cosmetics, medicines, parents’ jobs and hobbies, drinking water, and more.
SERI is partnering with the City of Tucson and Pima County on childhood lead poisoning prevention programs to help protect families from lead hazards and various health issues that arise from lead exposure in their home environment. Families that participate in City of Tucson and Pima County’s programs receive the same benefits. The main difference is that City of Tucson’s program targets families that live in Tucson city limits while Pima County’s program targets families that live outside of the Tucson city limits. SERI’s role in these partnerships is to collect referrals of pre-qualifying families for participation in the programs.
Families that pre-qualify for the programs receive the following benefits:
- Education about the dangers of lead exposure
- Education about the ways to reduce lead exposure
- An optional lead blood test for their child
- A scheduled home visit to inspect for lead
- Scheduled home visits to safely remove lead (based on funding)
“SERI’s efforts to reduce family and childhood lead poisoning goes back 20 years. We have referred over 600 families to lead poisoning prevention programs and will continue to refer at risk families in order to create a safe and healthy environment.” Ann Marie Wolf, President, SERI
CONTACT SERI TODAY FOR PRE-QUALIFICATIONS
If you or someone you know is pregnant or have a child under the age of 6 living with you (or frequently visiting), in a home built prior to 1978, residing in the Tucson metropolitan area, and low-income get in touch with us today! Please call Rachel Spitz at 520-321-9488 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for pre-qualification details and inquiries.
Thank you to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for their grants which are allowing participating families full program services at no cost to them.
SERI is a nonprofit organization founded in 1994 as a community participatory research institute. The nonprofit is dedicated to providing unbiased research to disadvantaged and marginalized communities to solve environmental challenges and build healthy and safe neighborhoods. SERI works on risk reduction and healthy home interventions, creating sustainable solutions, responding to community needs, providing technical assistance, offering education, conducting research, providing science and engineering solutions with local leaders, and more.Return to News