The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA

3027.0: Monday, November 11, 2002 - Board 6

Abstract #49113

Public Awareness of Lead-Based Paint Hazards

Joey Zhou, PhD, Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW (P3206), Washington, DC 20410, 202/755-1785,

In order to evaluate public awareness of lead-based paint (LBP) hazards and to provide policy makers with information on the progress of informing the public of the important environmental hazards, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development developed the LBP hazard awareness supplements to Current Population Survey, and sponsored the awareness surveys in Decembers of 1994, 1997, and 1999. An awareness index was developed from a set of survey questions evaluating respondents' knowledge on LBP hazards. The results show that there are 69% of population have inadequate awareness of LBP hazards, although the percentage of people with adequate awareness increased from 26% in 1994 to 31% in 1999. Racial and ethnic minorities, low income and less educated populations have significant higher percentages of inadequate awareness of LBP hazards.

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Keywords: Health Education Strategies, Health Promotion

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

Topics in Environmental Health

The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA