NH DHHS Recognizes National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS), Division of Public Health Services (DPHS), Healthy Homes and Lead

Poisoning Prevention Program (HHLPPP) in partnership with the U.S.

Environmental Protection Agency, NH Charitable Foundation, NH Housing

Authority Lead Program and private corporate sponsors is recognizing

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week October 20–26, 2013. The goal of

this initiative is to increase awareness of childhood lead poisoning


“Lead exposure often occurs with no obvious symptoms so it frequently goes

unrecognized,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS. “A

key to stopping lead poisoning in children is for parents to have their

homes tested, have their children tested, and learn how to prevent lead

poisoning’s serious health effects.”

Scheduled events for the week include FREE toy and blood lead testing, FREE

lead test kits, and a special engagement preview screening of the

documentary feature film, MisLEAD: America’s Secret Epidemic. This film

is a rigorous, emotionally compelling expose of a hidden epidemic that

impacts one in three American children today. Tamara Rubin, an Oregon

mother whose sons were poisoned, travels the country meeting with experts

and other parents of poisoned children—looking for answers.

The Kick-Off Event of Lead Awareness Week is scheduled for Monday, October

21st from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on the State House Lawn in Concord. This

event will include FREE blood testing and toy testing and is open to the

public. The press is invited to attend to meet and interview Tamara Rubin,

the producer of the documentary film. The Governor’s statement proclaiming

Lead Awareness Week will be read at 10:30 am in front of the Statehouse.

The culminating event for the week will be held on Wednesday, October 23rd

at the Red River Theatre in Concord—the showing of the documentary film,

MisLEAD: America’s Secret Epidemic. This documentary film will be shown

at 10:30 am and again at 6:00 pm. Before the film the public is invited to

share in refreshments and networking with lead professionals in the lobby

of the theatre, and after the film, there will be a panel discussion where

questions can be posed to local and national lead experts. Tickets are

$10.00, but the purchase price is refundable after the viewing of the film.

Doctors, Nurses, Community Health Educators and Child Care Workers can

obtain continuing education units for attending the film and panel

discussion by contacting eccp14@gmail.com. To purchase tickets contact the

Red River Theatre at 603-224-4600 or www.redrivertheatres.org

At the 10:30 am showing there will also be a separate screening room for

short lead films suitable for children, such as Environmental Protection

Agency funded “Mother Bear” and “Little Moccasins.”

For more information about lead poisoning prevention, visit the DHHS

website at www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/bchs/clpp/index.htm  or the Centers for

Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead