A Call to Action to End Lead Poisoning in the United States
To end lead poisoning in the United States, we commit ourselves to working together as a nation. We will:
1.) Work to increase investments from new and expanded federal, state, local and private sector funding mechanisms to address lead exposures in housing by making lead testing and hazard remediation of homes a standard practice;
2.) Call for the establishment of a Presidential Task Force to create, drive, and implement a national strategy of inter agency collaboration with the budget support to eliminate childhood lead exposures;
3.) Push to align and prioritize federal, state, and local efforts to identify, fund, and enforce existing laws and programs on sources of lead exposure;
4.) Support the updating of all federal lead regulations to create lead safe, health-based standards and action levels to better engage the health, health care and housing sectors and allied communities to identify and prevent lead exposure;
5.) Implement an enhanced national blood surveillance system to identify children who already have elevated blood lead levels for case management, investigation and support;
6.) Provide educational, social and clinical services to children exposed to lead to mitigate the harms of lead poisoning;
7.) Expand the well-trained, well-protected national workforce capacity for lead hazard remediation to repair and restore communities and their infrastructures.
I pledge to support this work and call on the nation to implement strategies to end childhood lead poisoning within five years.