Online Program

Creating Government and Academic Partnerships to Address Lead based paint Exposure and Housing Discrimination

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Janine Anzalota, MSW, LICSW, MPH, City of Boston Office of Fair Housing and Equity, Boston, MA
Nicole Robertson, BSEH, School of Public Health, Boston University
There is no safe level of lead exposure for children. Lead exposure at a Blood lead level of 5 and above has been shown to impact a child’s IQ, can result in developmental delay, learning disabilities and is associated with behavior problems making lead paint in housing a multi-sector health equity issue disproportionately impacting families of color in discrimination and children of color’s health outcomes.

Families with children disproportionately experience discrimination based on the presence of lead paint. The City of Boston’s Office of Fair Housing and Equity (FHE) often sees cases of housing discrimination cases that are not only based of the presence of lead paint, these households are often section 8 recipients. Research demonstrates children exposed to lead yield lower state test performance than children not exposed to lead.

FHE has brought together city, academic, private, and public stakeholders to develop an action plan for increasing awareness that lead is still a problem in Boston. Partners of this initiative have come together to develop strategies for reducing housing discrimination families face related to lead paint, increasing lead safe housing, lead safe renovations, and reducing the number of children with elevated lead levels. FHE will demonstrate through collaborative partnerships, it is possible to address remaining lead paint in Boston housing and eliminate disproportionately discriminations and lead paint exposure based health inequities in children of color.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Environmental health sciences
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the importance of academic and local government partnerships in addressing housing discrimination and health outcomes associated with lead paint exposure. Demonstrate inequities in those effected by housing discrimination and those exposed to lead based paint in childhood. Assess City of Boston academic and government agencies partnerships progress towards eliminating lead based paint in housing and reducing associated housing discrimination.

Keyword(s): Public Health Administration, Policy/Policy Development

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am Currently the Interim Director for the Office of Fair Housing and Equity and lead our Lead Work Group Collaborative.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.