USF, Dept. of Health team up to tackle lead poisoning in the community

October 3rd, 2016

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (10/03/2016). – The Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health is partnering with the University of Saint Francis (USF) to increase awareness of lead poisoning in the community, shed light on the serious and damaging effects lead has on general health and wellness, and how children can get their blood lead levels tested.

The lead campaign will kick off on Wednesday, October 5, 2016.  From 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on October 5th, USF students will go door-to-door in high risk neighborhoods where lead has been identified to educate homeowners on the dangers associated with lead paint.  As students go door-to-door on October 5th, Dept. of Health experts will accompany the students.  Not only will homeowners receive important information on how lead can impact their health, they will also have the opportunity to get paint chip testing completed on their home.

The goal of the campaign is to raise community awareness of the prevalence of lead in our community and the health effects it can have on our children.

The media is invited to go door-to-door with the Dept. of Health and USF students.  If you are interested in this media opportunity, please meet staff and students  at the Hope Community Church parking lot located at 1213 Saint Mary’s Avenue at 1:15 p.m.  The area being canvased on October 5th will be from Wells Street to Saint Mary’s Avenue and Spring Street down to High Street.