The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, a friend of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, recently released a report about childhood lead exposure. Read on for more from the August 30 announcement.

Today, the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) released a report entitled 10 Policies to Prevent and Respond to Childhood Lead Exposure.

The report is result of an extensive review on the implications of childhood lead exposure and the most cost-effective policies to reduce and ultimately eliminate lead exposure. Key findings included:

  • Removing leaded drinking water service lines from the homes of children born in 2018 would protect more than 350,000 children and yield $2.7 billion in future benefits, or about $1.33 per dollar invested.
  • Eradicating lead paint hazards from older homes of children from low-income families would provide $3.5 billion in future benefits, or approximately $1.39 per dollar invested, and protect more than 311,000 children.
  • Ensuring that contractors comply with the Environmental Protection Agency's rule that requires lead-safe renovation, repair, and painting practices would protect about 211,000 children born in 2018 and provide future benefits of $4.5 billion, or about $3.10 per dollar spent.
  • Eliminating lead from airplane fuel would protect more than 226,000 children born in 2018 who live near airports, generate $262 million in future benefits, and remove roughly 450 tons of lead from the environment every year.
  • Providing targeted evidence-based academic and behavioral interventions to the roughly 1.8 million children with a history of lead exposure could increase their lifetime family incomes and likelihood of graduating from high school and college and decrease their potential for teen parenthood and criminal conviction.

For more details on these recommendations, and to view additional findings and details, visit the report summary page on Pew's website.

GHHI was proud to partner with Pew in this endeavor. Ruth Ann Norton, our President and CEO, as well as Wes Stewart, our VP of Technical Assistance, both served as subject matter experts for the report. In addition, GHHI hosted focus groups of tenants, rental property owners, and contractors to assist in gathering important qualitative data for the study.

GHHI is appreciative of the work done by Pew. This body of work supports the recommendations in our own Strategic Plan to End Childhood Lead Poisoning. As both our Strategic Plan and Pew's reports note, federal, state, and local solutions will all play important roles to ending lead poisoning in the United States. GHHI recently launched The Campaign to End Lead Poisoning with the goal of ending lead poisoning as a major public health threat within five years. GHHI will build upon its 31 years of service and advocacy to American families through coordinated, groundbreaking, and compassionate service delivery across more than 30 cities, counties and states in order to deliver on this mission.

For more information on The Campaign to End Lead Poisoning and The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, please visit our website.


The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative is dedicated to breaking the link between unhealthy housing and unhealthy children, and partners with cities, counties and states across the country to make sure that every family has a healthy, safe, and energy-efficient home.

E-mail me when people leave their comments –

You need to be a member of The Huddle to add comments!

Join The Huddle