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LUNCH FORUM – November 15, 11:30 AM
CLPER and Consumers For Civil Justice (CCJ) invite you to a Lunch Forum on Friday, November 15 at 11:30 AM on:

"Environmental Management: The Highest Priority of Childhood Lead Poisoning Case Management"

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This forum will be held at:
Wilentz, Goldman, and Spitzer
90 Woodbridge Center Dr., 9th Fl.
Woodbridge, NJ 07095

R.S.V.P. at clper@earthlink.net or by phone: 973-763-5551

BACKGROUND READING: Click here for the CDC's March 2002 report, "Managing Elevated Blood Lead Levels [EBLLs] Among Young Children" (although a large file, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND reviewing it)

LUNCH FORUM – November 15, 11:30 AM

CLPER and Consumers For Civil Justice (CCJ) invite you to a Lunch Forum on Friday, November 15 at 11:30 AM on:

"Environmental Management: The Highest Priority of Childhood Lead Poisoning Case Management"

This forum will be held at:

Wilentz, Goldman, and Spitzer
90 Woodbridge Center Dr., 9th Fl.
Woodbridge, NJ
click here to jump below to the full directions

R.S.V.P. at clper@earthlink.net or by phone: 973-763-5551

BACKGROUND READING: Click here for the CDC's March 2002 report, "Managing Elevated Blood Lead Levels [EBLLs] Among Young Children: Recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention". PLEASE NOTE that although this is a large file, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you review it if at all possible.

Click here to read about CLPER's mission to develop a community-based program, Putting the Child First, to respond on an emergency basis to the contaminated residences of lead-poisoned children


The purpose of the November 15, 11:30 AM meeting is to discuss the significance of CDC's recent (March 2002) report "Managing Elevated Blood Lead Levels [EBLLs] Among Young Children: Recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention" [click here to read the full CDC report] as it relates to the state of New Jersey. This document differs from previous publications (1991 and 1997) because it focuses in detail on the follow-up care of children with EBLLs. Managing Elevated Blood Lead Levels Among Young Children states without equivocation that "prompt and effective environmental management... is the highest priority of all childhood lead poisoning prevention programs." Case Management should "focus on control of current lead hazards" and "include prompt interim measures (e.g., house dust control by professional cleaners) where appropriate, to rapidly reduce lead exposure."

According to the NJDHSS's 2001 Annual Report on childhood lead poisoning, 89% of the residences that produce EBLL children are not abated for a year or more after environmental investigations are completed. That same report recognizes that the promptness of our response to EBLL children is a pressing need.

Closely following the protocols established in the CDC document, CLPER conducted an interim environmental and educational intervention at a residence in Irvington, NJ and reported its results to the Irvington Department of Health. This residence was chosen because the blood lead level of the child was in the low forties (mcg/dL), there were other children at risk (one a toddler) and it did not appear that the residence would be abated in the short term because of a lack of funding. It was made clear to all concerned, including the owner, that the interim intervention was in no way meant to supplant or delay the abatement ordered by the Irvington Department of Health. As the only not for profit NJDCA certified lead abatement firm in the state, CLPER believes this intervention to be a model for successful EBLL interim environmental and educational interventions statewide. The remediation reports (without identifying information), the report of the adult educator, dust wipe lab results, blood lead results, a detailed budget and photos will be made available to attendees to facilitate discussion.

Since CDC has so forcefully declared environmental management as the highest priority of case management, it would seem a certainty that the treatment of EBLL children will improve for the better. But how will compliance with CDC recommendations be funded? Will private sector charitable resources be brought to bear or will the resources of the State or both be necessary to bring "prompt and effective" case management to our children?

Health professionals and researchers, State officials (NJDHSS & DNS), state legislators, municipal court and non profit representatives, and parents of lead poisoned children have been invited. A representative from the Office of the Governor has confirmed attendance.

We are on the cusp of revolutionary change in the case management of childhood lead poisoning in the state of New Jersey. Please come and share your valued opinion with us.

Sincerely,

Myles O'Malley


DIRECTIONS

The November 15, 11:30 AM lunch forum will be held at:

Wilentz, Goldman, & Spitzer
Main Office
90 Woodbridge Center Drive, 9th Floor
Woodbridge, New Jersey 07095
(732) 636-8000

FREE Personalized Map:
Get a free map, with directions from your doorstep to the event, by clicking here for Map Blast.

From Northern New Jersey:
Garden State Parkway South to exit 130 for Route 1 North. Proceed one mile to Woodbridge Center Drive. Turn right onto Woodbridge Center Drive. Proceed through three traffic lights. Take second driveway on right into parking lot for 90 Woodbridge Center Drive.

From Southern New Jersey:
Garden State Parkway North to exit 127 to Route 9 North. Follow 9N to exit for Woodbridge Center Drive (just past Hess station). Take exit ramp to end and make left at traffic light onto Main Street. At next light, turn right before the light onto Woodbridge Center Drive. Take second left into apartment complex, take next right and head for the parking lot of 90 Woodbridge Center Drive.

From Trenton and New Brunswick:
Route 1 North to Woodbridge Center Drive. Turn right onto Woodbridge Center Drive. Proceed through three traffic lights. Take second driveway on right into parking lot for 90 Woodbridge center Drive.

From Morristown and Piscataway:
Route 287 South to Route 1 North to Woodbridge Center Drive. Turn right onto Woodbridge Center Drive. Proceed through three traffic lights. Take second driveway on right into parking lot for 90 Woodbridge Center Drive.

From New Jersey Turnpike:
Take Exit 11, look carefully for signs for Route 9 North (it's easy to miss the sign). Follow 9N to exit for Woodbridge Center Drive (just past Hess station). Take exit ramp to end and make left at traffic light onto Main Street. At next light, turn right before the light onto Woodbridge Center Drive. Take second left into apartment complex, take next right and head for the parking lot of 90 Woodbridge Center Drive.

By Train:
New Jersey Transit or Amtrak to Metropark Train Station in Iselin. Cabs are generally waiting at the station. It is a five minute ride to the firm.

PLEASE NOTE: ALL VISITORS ARE REQUESTED TO REPORT TO THE 9TH FLOOR RECEPTIONIST. THANK YOU!

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C L P E R
A Community Based Not-For-Profit Organization
CHILDHOOD LEAD POISONING EMERGENCY RESPONSE
PO Box 1209
Maplewood, NJ 07040
Phone/Fax: (973) 763-5551
Cell: (973) 202-6309
E-mail: clper@earthlink.net
WWW: http://www.clper.org/