Non-Profit Organization Launches New Lead Poisoning Prevention Initiative to Promote Maternal and Child Health

Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention and Healthy Homes Programs Delivering Five Hundred Lead and Home Safety Kits to Young Families Across Northern New Jersey

Newark, N.J. (February 14, 2017) – The Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey is focused on ensuring health and wellness for families, especially related to childhood lead exposure. Throughout the year, its Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP), which is funded by the New Jersey Department of Health, offers programs to promote awareness and prevent the threat of lead poisoning.

Today, CLPPP announced that it has created five hundred “lead kits” as part of its newest childhood lead poisoning prevention initiative. These kits are being distributed to families as part of a campaign to, not only spread lead awareness, but also to provide families with the tools to maintain a healthy home. The Partnership’s goal is to distribute all five hundred kits to the households of families enrolled in home visitation programs across northern New Jersey by June 30, 2017.

Each kit contains supplies that families can use to protect their children from the harmful effects of lead exposure and generally create a healthier and safer home. Items include:

-A lead check swab
-Cleaning supplies such as baking soda, white vinegar, rubber gloves, a sponge, and a microfiber towel
-A fire and carbon monoxide detector
-Recipes to make natural cleaning products
-Printed resources with additional information about home safety

Each kit also contains children’s books and pajamas in a reusable canvas tote.

“The New Jersey Department of Health is proud to support the Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey with $150,000 in funding to provide families with important cleaning and safety supplies to help ensure children remain healthy and lead-free,” said Health Commissioner Cathleen D. Bennett.  “This initiative is part of the Department’s commitment to raise greater awareness of the dangers of lead exposure.”

In the fall of 2016, the Department launched its #kNOwLEAD campaign to educate families about sources of lead and encourage testing of children at 1 and 2 years old. For more information, visit: http://nj.gov/health/childhoodlead/.

Ilise Zimmerman, Executive Director of the Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey, adds: “The Partnership’s mission is to provide education and increase community awareness in order to ensure maternal and child health, and we strongly believe that these lead kits will help to further that mission across New Jersey.”

For more information, please contact the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention and Healthy Homes Program at (973) 372-4353.

The Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey

The Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c )(3) organization of health care professionals and consumers dedicated to providing education and increasing community awareness by facilitating collaboration among the private sector, the public sector, and maternal and child health care providers for the delivery of high quality coordinated maternal and child health care.

Agency Contact:
Ariel Kramer
Springboard Public Relations
ariel.kramer@springboardpr.com

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