GLLEN Advocacy

GLLEN Priorities

GLLEN employs four key strategies to help virtually eliminate lead poisoning: 

  1. Strong communication between partners
  2. Research on the true costs of lead poisoning and best practices to eliminate lead hazards
  3. Education and engagement of families, health professionals, and other stakeholders.
  4. Education of decision-makers 

Through these avenues, GLLEN has identified priorities to help reach the objective of eliminating lead poisoning. 

State-level priorities

  • Universal lead testing for all kids aged 1 and 2
  • Shifting the burden of proof to landlords, including 
    • Submitting documentation proving they have made a home lead-safe after a child has been poisoned in the unit;
    • Fixing or disclosing lead risks prior to renting a unit; and 
    • Requiring inspection and disclosure of lead paint, soil, dust, and water before the sale or transfer of residential property built before 1978.
  • Funding for lead abatement & lead poisoning prevention programs.
  • Align with State or local Lead Commissions and boards.
    • Establish or expand prenatal blood lead testing
    • Expand existing soil testing programs
    • Educate primary care physicians on lead poisoning 
    • Identify “hot spots” where children are likely to be exposed to lead
    • Require lead risk assessments for childcare facilities
  • Requiring contractors to have lead-safe certifications to do work on homes built before 1978
  • Support efforts to train, recruit, and identify lead abatement professionals and contractors 

Federal priorities

  • Create a Presidential Commission on Childhood Lead Poisoning Elimination and appoint an Executive Director of the Commission 
  • Strengthen the support for and direction of the Federal Interagency Healthy Homes Work Group to focus on prevention strategies as a top priority 
  • Require federal agencies to identify and remediate hazards from lead-based paint and lead service lines in all federally-owned homes and homes with federally-supported or insured mortgages
  • Increase the budget for lead hazard reduction funding to pay for remediation of lead hazards in paint, soil, and water
  • Increase the budget