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Childhood Lead Exposure: Effects and Policy Options

Dr. Marie Lynn Miranda, Director of CEHI, in collaboration with other CEHI staff members has authored a 130-page text on childhood lead exposure entitled Childhood Lead Exposure: Effects and Policy Options.


The text details the dangers, especially to children, of exposure to lead in the environment and the racial and income patterns that influence that exposure. The text begins with background information on the politics of lead in the United States and the development of lead poisoning as a serious health problem among children. An analysis of the etiology of lead poisoning precedes a discussion of the biological effects of human lead absorption and distribution. Next, the text considers the social and economic costs of postponing effective lead abatement policy.

The text then focuses more specifically on North Carolina. Following CDC guidelines, the Lead Poisoning and Prevention Plan in North Carolina seeks to address the problem of childhood lead poisoning on a statewide level. The text provides a description of CEHI's ongoing research project that uses spatial data analysis to facilitate preventive intervention. A profile of Wilson County presents the challenges communities face when developing mitigation policy and providing effective lead abatement.

To order the text, please contact CEHI.